General 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

$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?

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

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.