News posted in Engineering.

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March 31st, 2017

Pete’s Project Prepare Students for NZ Trades

“I had a really good workshop teacher at school, he made it really interesting. That’s why I chose this as my career.”   Pete Odgers has been a workshop teacher for 32 years, and hopes he provides the same...

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Andy Champion Resized

February 14th, 2017

Welding apprentice going for gold in Abu Dhabi

Nothing can stop 19-year-old welding apprentice Andrew Champion from smashing his career goals, and 2017 is certainly going down as a monumental year. Andrew has been selected as part of the Tool Blacks team and is now on...

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Winner of Stuart Tolhurst

December 19th, 2016

Taranaki apprentice wins top engineering award

For 21-year-old mechanical engineering apprentice Jamie Noakes, winning the Competenz Stuart Tolhurst Apprentice Trophy at this year's 2016 SKF National Maintenance Engineering Conference (NMEC) in Hamilton was a huge surprise. “I was overwhelmed; I didn’t think I would win. It...

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Hayden means business

November 17th, 2016

From apprentice to business owner

“My apprenticeship took me way beyond learning how to do the basic ‘pipework’ in this job. But running your own team of guys, running the whole show? That’s completely different from doing it yourself.” Aucklander Hayden Watt finished his...

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August 22nd, 2016

Stock car champion on the road to career success

When 19-year-old Rebecca Barr isn’t racing stock cars at the International Speedway in Palmerston North with her father, she’s working with the team at Excel Refrigeration & Air Conditioning in Hawera as a refrigeration and air conditioning apprentice. Working...

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Marlane profile

August 15th, 2016

Stuart Tolhurst Apprentice Trophy winner shares passion for engineering with her family

Before engineering, 24-year-old Marlane Harmer had multiple part-time jobs in hospitality before starting a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Ravensdown Fertilisers, Napier. It was through a chance encounter while working at a local pub that was the beginning of her...

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Ben Norton profile

August 12th, 2016

Engineering apprentice following his dream career and so is his dad

For 20-year-old Ben Norton, working in the engineering industry is his dream career. The mechanical engineering apprentice at Compac Sorting Equipment, Auckland is in his third year of his apprenticeship and loves every minute. “By the end of each...

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July 22nd, 2016

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning graduate is passionate about his trade

Jock McVicar from Commercial & Industrial Refrigeration Ltd in Auckland is one of our talented industry leaders, who completed his National Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Level 4) in November 2015. He pursued a career in refrigeration because he was attracted...

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Fire MOU

June 21st, 2016

Competenz, FPA New Zealand and FPA Australia enters into major training partnership

Competenz are transforming the way the New Zealand fire industry learn with help from the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) and Fire Protection Association New Zealand (FPANZ). The partnership will help deliver best practice industry training to the...

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Lucas Rankin

May 27th, 2016

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning apprentice on the road towards a bright career

For Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) apprentice Lucas Rankin, moving from Samoa to New Zealand five years ago has set him on the career path he’s always wanted. “My family are really proud of what I’ve achieved so far. They...

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