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Centre for Trades

Trades student standing in workshop

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.


A range of programmes are offered in cookery, restaurant and beverage service; on a full time and part time basis. All programmes lead to nationally recognised qualifications. The cookery programmes offer learners the opportunity to gain the internationally recognised City and Guilds of London Certificate and Diplomas ( In addition industry specific short courses are offered in the areas of Food Safety and the Licence Controller qualification.

All hospitality courses are delivered in our hospitality building on the Rotokauri Campus. We have two large commercial kitchens, a production kitchen, a restaurant with a seating capacity for 80 - featuring indoor and outdoor dining and a licensed bar.

In all our programmes practice and theory are taught hand-in-hand and students are afforded many opportunities to work with clients to learn the vital skills necessary for success in these vibrant industries. Further industry work placement occasions are provided to many of the learners, often leading to employment opportunities.