Both around New Zealand and overseas, there is a constant demand for skilled tradespeople qualified in building, carpentry, plumbing and gasfitting, drainlaying, electrical services, and refrigeration and air conditioning.

Building, construction, plumbing and gasfitting suit hands-on, practical people who take pride in their work and are good team players. Whether you've just left school or you're keen to train for a new career, our courses let you start studying at a level that suits your skills and experience.

To support the growing demand in construction, we’re excited to launch a new area of study in construction management and quantity surveying.  Find out more below.

Electrical trades are also highly sought after, with job opportunities ranging from electrical supply and maintenance and construction, through to electronics, data communications, computer network engineering and even factory robotics.

Refrigeration and air conditioning technicians are also in demand.  You will need to have practical and hands on skills in mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, gas systems, atmospheric pressure and temperature.

Potential Jobs

There are shortages of people in these jobs which means the chances of getting are job are good.

JobAverage salary»
Builder or Carpenter $18-$38 per hour
Building or Construction Manager $90K-$150K per year

$42K-$60K per year (1 – 5 years’ experience)

$63K-$70K per year (6 or more years’ experience)

Painter and Plasterer

$18-$20 per hour (new or unqualified)

$20-$33 per hour (experience and qualified)

Plumber and Gasfitter $52K-$79K per year
Quantity Surveyor$50K-$85K per year entry-level quantity surveyors

$90K-$150K per year with 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)


$15-$17 per hour (trainee)

$24-$35 per hour (senior with advanced qualifications)

»Sourced from January 2017

Why choose MIT?

At MIT you'll get valuable workplace experience, as well as the skills and knowledge to prepare you for an apprenticeship and future employment as a licensed professional  in the construction industry.

Our lecturers all have industry backgrounds, and our excellent facilities include fully-equipped machine workshops and a range of building sites for learning real-world construction skills. Our flexible options recognise your existing experience, and allow you work and study at the same time where possible.

We have 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.

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