Welcome to the Faculty of Trades & Technology at UCOL Technology Institute. Our faculty offers a diverse range of education and training.
The faculty is focused on connecting learners with employment, practical hands-on-education and training and developing students who are work-ready.
The faculty is characterised by leading edge technology housed in the new state-of-the-art ten million dollar Regional Trades & Technology Centre. Covering 5,315 square meters, the centre is equipped with the latest industry-fit equipment and teaching technology. There is even enough room for students to build several houses, and a 3D printer.
All of this technology supports practical, hands-on learning using industry standard equipment that enables our graduates to hit the ground running. Several programmes are taught from a base near Manfield in Feilding, adding to the real hands-on learning environment.
The faculty is also home to the U-Skills Trades Academy that offers exceptional learning opportunities for year 12 and 13 secondary school students through a partnership between UCOL and secondary schools, all at no cost to students.
Our trades programmes cover a wide variety. Automotive engineering, automotive panel and paint, motorsport, carpentry, architectural technology, construction, joinery, furniture making and design, bus & truck driving, electrical & mechanical engineering can all be studied at UCOL.
Kelly Gay is the Executive Dean of Trades & Technology, based at the Palmerston North campus.
“The Regional Trades facility represents a new approach to trade training at a time when skilled trades-people are in high demand”.
Kelly was previously UCOL’s Director of Business Development, responsible for investigating and championing new business and programme initiatives.
Before joining UCOL, he spent several years in construction and project management. He started his educational life with a New Zealand Certificate in Building and subsequently earned a Masters Degree in Management.
Kelly is a strong advocate for links between UCOL and industry, including partnerships to deliver programmes that meet industry needs.
Considering a career in trades and technology?
“If you are considering a career in trades and technology I encourage you to come and visit us to meet our staff, talk about the programmes available to you and check out the Regional Trades & Technology Centre. We look forward to meeting you.”