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There are many benefits of working in trades, as some of New Zealand’s most successful senior managers who started their careers in the trades will tell you!

As a qualified tradesperson you can be virtually guaranteed a job – and income! – not just anywhere in New Zealand, but anywhere in the world. You can own your own business, and your earning potential? Well, let’s just say the sky’s the limit.​

Skilled tradespeople are in demand!

The results of the 2018 Manpower Group Talent Shortage survey show Skilled Trades jobs as the most difficult roles to fill in New Zealand. This means there are lots of job opportunities for people like you!

Wintec trades qualifications will help you get the skills employers need today and in the future.


There’s a world of options open to you in the Automotive industry: disassembling and assembling vehicles and engines, using diagnostics to locate electrical faults, working on heavy equipment, tuning racing cars, repairing damaged vehicles.


If you’re the type of person who would dismantle a car or engine, locate the problem, fix it, and then rebuild it, chances are you’re the type of person who would enjoy a future as an Automotive Engineer. Your days will be spent in a garage or workshop environment where you’ll diagnose faults in vehicles, dismantle engines and other parts, repair or replace where necessary, put everything back together and make sure the vehicle is running smoothly.

Automotive Electricians take care of electrical wiring and electrical and electronic systems in vehicles and marine equipment. Your day could go from discussing faults with customers, to using diagnostic equipment to locate electrical and electronic faults, to repairing or replacing electronic systems such as engine management, air conditioning, ABS brakes, air bags, electronically controlled gearboxes and vehicle computers. You could also be installing security systems, auto entertainment systems and carrying out vehicle engine tune-ups.

Keen on the big machines? Then working as a Heavy Equipment Automotive Engineer servicing trucks, buses, bulldozers and tractors may be the road for you. You’ll be based in a workshop but will probably also be required to repair machinery on-site. Your day could include diagnosing vehicle faults, dismantling, repairing and rebuilding engines and other parts, ordering replacement parts, servicing heavy automotive equipment and ensuring hazardous waste is disposed of appropriately.

Building and Construction

Want to become a Builder, Joiner or Carpenter? At Wintec you’ll gain the level of skills and qualifications you need and, most importantly, the practices to sustain our world’s future that the Building Design and Construction industry is looking for.


As a Carpenter or Builder you work on-site building, repairing and installing structures including foundations, walls, roofs, windows and doors. Working as a Carpenter your role could see you interpreting building plans and architectural drawings, selecting materials, measuring and cutting to size and shape, nailing, screwing or gluing wood and various materials together, removing and repairing parts, installing windows, doors and staircases, and ensuring all completed work is watertight.

If you enjoy detailed work and a workshop environment a career as a Joiner could suit you down to the ground. Joiners measure, cut, prepare and assemble timber and timber board products to make interior fittings such as kitchen cabinets, doors, window frames and stairs. You may also be required to work on-site measuring up and then installing the finished products.

Electrical Engineering

Installing, maintaining and repairing electrical wiring and equipment, developing and designing electrical systems, designing methods to generate and distribute electricity, repairing and replacing appliances; these are specialised skills and when they’re supported by an industry respected qualification, they open the door to a world of opportunity.


As an Electrician you'll be responsible for electrical wiring and equipment repair and maintenance. Your typical day could be anything from installing lights and power points in new or existing building right through to repair and maintenance of electrical equipment and machinery in factory or plant environments. You may also be responsible for the design and building of new electrical installations and maintaining, operating an managing these systems. 

Installing, repairing and maintaining household electrical appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves and washing machines is the responsibility of a Domestic Appliance Service Person. Your day could see you discussing appliance problems and faults with clients, carrying out tests to check for appliance faults, repairing or replacing any failed parts and installing new appliances.

Mechanical Engineering

Assisting with the design and building of machines, improving manufacturing and energy production, supervising the construction of machinery, - these are in-demand skills and when they’re supported by an internationally recognised qualification, they open doors to a world of opportunity.


As a mechanical engineering technologist, with a BEng Tech qualification, you will design and give advice on the building and repair of machines and tools. So you could spend your day determining the requirements of the production manager, carrying out feasibility studies, researching the use of energy sources, machinery and materials, using CAD software to model plans or preparing drawings of machines or machine parts.

Your role as a mechanical engineering technician, with a Diploma qualification, is to assist with the design, building and maintenance of machines. Your day could involve overseeing the assembly of machinery, calculating costs and the amount of equipment required to build machines, testing and repairing machinery, monitoring equipment in order to improve mechanical processes and advising on maintenance work.

There is a real demand in New Zealand for qualified mechanical engineering technologists and technicians.

Geothermal Energy

New Zealand's location on an active plate boundary has resulted in the development of numerous geothermal energy resources. Our scientists and engineers pioneered the process of transforming the earth's natural thermal energy into commercial reality, and a highly skilled workforce now keeps the wheels of industry turning. Wintec as one of the country's largest trade training centres, provides training for much of the workforce.

Our Courses

Mechanical knowledge of engineering plant equipment (pumps, valves including control valves, fans, condensers, types of generators, transformers, voltage switches both medium and high.)

Wintec's courses are tailored to meet to both industry specifications and individual client needs in content and delivery. They're focused on knowledge, specific skills and aptitudes that assist Operators, Mechanical and Electrical trades personal in the effective operation of their energy plant.

  • Electrical knowledge of plant equipment (generators, transformers, line transmission, high voltage switches and synchronisation of generators)
  • Control Systems including control loops, Scada operation, Programmable Logic Controllers, Distributive Control Systems, and principles of fine tuning control loops.
  • Operation of Plant Equipment efficiencies of plant operation, problem solving, teamwork, decision making processes.
  • Maintenance of Plants including both electrical and mechanical practices, vibration analysis, oil sampling, alignment of equipment, infra-red analysis, and how to set up maintenance systems.

Train the Trainer

Training packages that are custom designed to meet the needs of individual industry clients are available to train trainers throughout the world in the competencies of Energy Centre Operator Training. These programmes are both theory and practical based and focused on developing trainers to undertake training needs analysis and develop training packages that are relevant to energy centre industry standards.

Connected to Industry

Wintec works in collaboration with the University of Auckland's Geothermal Institute and our programmes are developed together with New Zealand's leading Geothermal generators including Mighty River Power and Contact Energy.


Please direct all enquiries to Chris Stuart and check out our Geothermal Brochure.

Industrial Measurement and Control

Ever wondered who installs, maintains and repairs the equipment and systems that control large industrial processes?  This is one of those careers that most people don’t know exists but is vital to industries around the world.  Trained instrumentation technicians, or “Instros” are in high demand in an extremely wide range of large process industries and Wintec is the only provider of qualifications in this industry sector in New Zealand.  We have modern industry relevant training facilities and equipment, and our tutors keep up to date with the latest technology advances in this field.

Professional Programmes / Short Courses

Introducing the Moore family! Four brothers who all studied trades at Wintec's Centre for Trades. We caught up with mum, dad, and three of the brothers who told their story about what got them into trades.



About the Faculty

The Centre for Trades operates out of New Zealand's most modern engineering and trades education facility. The $25m Engineering and Trades Education Facility's unique design and function set it apart from the rest. It is home to more than 1000 trades and engineering students and 100 staff

The Centre for Trades has direct contact with industry to ensure modules are relevant to current needs. We have laboratories for CAD, studios for making models, and workshops for civil and mechanical demonstrations.

Wintec's Rotokauri Campus is widely regarded as one of the best Trades training areas in the country. Its modern, open plan workshops contain massive amounts of up to date equipment to help students gain practical skills in their chosen field. These practical skills, combined with theory instruction from qualified tutors, well-versed in the latest technology, makes our graduates well sought after by industry. Vocational skills are taught in the areas of Automotive Engineering, Automotive Heavy Engineering, Panelbeating, Vehicle Refinishing, Audio, Carpentry, Joinery, Welding Engineering (mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium), Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying and Roofing and associated trades.

Read more about the Centre.

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Undergraduate Course Guide (Prospectus)

Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Course Guide (Prospectus)

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