Otago Polytechnic

Trades and Pre-trades

Are you a hands-on problem solver and a lateral thinker? Like to build, make and fix things? Develop your technical and practical skills for a career in the trades!




Get into gear for a career as a mechanic or automotive technician.



Build your career with our carpentry apprenticeship pathway.



Forge a career in mechanical engineering trades with skills in machining, fabrication, welding and more.



Does electricity spark your interest? Study with us and get switched on for a career in the electrical engineering trades.



Become a stonemason and gain the skills to construct stone features and veneer houses.


Bike mechanics

Learn to assemble and adjust bikes – or diagnose faults, overhaul and rebuild bicycles.



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Want to become an engineering technician or technologist?

We offer engineering diplomas and degrees in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.



Working in the industry, but don’t have a qualification? We'll assess what you know against existing qualifications and give you academic credit.