Mechanical Engineering Trades and Refrigeration

Today's manufacturing and technology industries need people who can imagine, design and build parts, tools, components and machines. If you are interested in how and why things work, if you'd like to be able to build, repair and reassemble all kinds of machinery and if you'd like to be able to make new components and assemblies using a whole range of machine tools, then you should seriously consider a career as a skilled tradesperson in the manufacturing and technology industries.

Our programmes in welding, machining, toolmaking, fitting, maintenance engineering, air conditioning and refrigeration, CAD/CAM and CNC machining give you all the skills you need to design, make and maintain the machines, tools and components of the future. You'll get all the practical experience you need in our extensive fully equipped labs and workshops.

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.

Potential Jobs
JobAverage salary»
Fabrication Engineer (light, heavy, sheet metal and steel construction)

Up to $52K per year (Up to 5 years' experience)

$52K-$80K per year (senior or supervisor level)

Engineering Machinist 

$40K-80K per year (with 2-5 years’ experience)

$80K-$110K per year (senior and supervisor level))

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

$52K-$80K per year (qualified)

$80K-$110K per year (senior and supervisor level)

»Sourced from June 2018

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT 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 us on 0800 62 62 52 or email

Why choose MIT?

Studying the General Engineering Trades at Manukau Institute of Technology means you will get the right start to your career because our workshops are industry standard and lecturers are industry experienced. We will prepare you with work-ready skills to help you get the job, apprenticeship and career that you want.

Here at the Engineering and Trades, we have strong relationships with the engineering and manufacturing industry, giving you greater access to work experience opportunities while studying, apprenticeship placements and ongoing job opportunities after graduation.

Plus we offer extra scholarships and apprenticeships through the Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative.

MIT degree grads earn more*

Recently analysed Government data shows that MIT degree holders have the highest employment rates in the country five years after finishing their degrees. They can also expect to be among the best paid. Explore your study options and become one of MIT grads who earn more.

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