General Engineering, Refrigeration and Mechanical Trades

If you enjoy discovering how and why things work, repairing and assembling machines and working with tools, you should seriously consider a career in the general engineering trades

A mechanical engineering qualification can set you up for a career as a machinist, fitter and turner, toolmaker or technician, welder or refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist – all in demand by industry.

If you're ready to take advantage of the high demand for general engineering trades in New Zealand and around the world, talk to us.

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Potential Jobs

JobAverage salary»
Fabrication Engineer

$28K-$40K per year (with 1-2 years’ experience)

$40K-$70K per year (with more than 2 years’ experience)

Mechanical Engineer Technician

$40K-45K per year (with 1-2 years’ experience)

$60K-$80K per year (with more than 2 years’ experience)

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

$28K-$31K per year (with 1-2 years’ experience)

$41K-$73K per year (with more than 2 years’ experience)                                       

Welder$47K-$58K per year

»Sourced from January 2017

Recognition of Prior Learning Programme

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

To learn more about what our programmes can offer you, view our available programmes by subject area, or make an appointment to speak with one of our RPL facilitators by phoning 0800 62 62 52 (or email

Why choose MIT?

At MIT, we combine a sound base of practical, hands-on learning with the in-depth academic understanding of general engineering and electrical trades.

Whatever your education or work history, you can enter at a level that suits your specific needs. You will find a range of qualifications, and both part-time and full-time options that can fit around your work or family commitments. All our programmes are designed to stay up to date with constant advances in technology.

MIT boasts laboratories in electrical engineering, design, data communications, computer and computer network engineering, electronics, electronics assembly, and the Rockwell Automation Laboratory for industrial controllers. Similarly in mechanical trades, our extensive workshops and laboratories cater for machining, toolmaking, fitting and turning, maintenance engineering, and CAD/CAM.

Our Faculty of Engineering and Trades has strong relationships with business and industry training organisations, giving you greater access to work experience opportunities while studying, apprenticeship placements and ongoing job opportunities after graduation.