Fabricators manufacture steel components and structures used anywhere from a kitchen sink to a skyscraper.
National Certificate in Engineering, Heavy Fabrication, Level 4
Seven years ago Ben Carter finished school and now he’s about to complete his 3rd engineering qualification. Ben always knew that engineering was for him. Who could resist metal work and welding when your dad’s workshop was always full of tools and creative opportunities?
Ben always intended to go to university - he took physics, calculus, engineering and chemistry at school. But after doing some research and talking to people in the industry he was advised many times to do an apprenticeship first.
So Ben signed up for an apprenticeship through ATNZ and was placed at Stevenson Engineering Ltd. He gained his National Certificate in Engineering - Heavy Fabrication in 2010. He then furthered his skills completing the Advanced Trade Diploma and enrolling at AUT to do his Bachelor of Engineering Technology which he graduated from in December 2013.
Ben’s advice is to consider an apprenticeship before a degree. ‘I think I have a better understanding than the others in my class because I know the practical application of the theory, because I have actually done it as a tradesman.’
In the future Ben would like to move into a designing role, preferably within mining, transport or heaving machinery and also perhaps project and management roles. ‘Doing an apprenticeship gives you experience and you get paid. Your apprenticeship might lead you to a new career.’