Open Polytech­nic study opens up ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties

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With a high de­mand in New Zealand for qual­i­fied, skilled en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates, Open Polytech­nic pro­vides a va­ri­ety of pathways through f lex­i­ble dis­tance learn­ing to help those work­ing in the in­dus­try with pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and ca­reer en­hance­ment.

Blair Fal­coner, who is com­plet­ing his Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing (Ad­vanced Trade) this year, de­cided to study through Open Polytech­nic to help him grow in his cur­rent role, and gain the skills to de­velop into a more se­nior role as his ca­reer pro­gresses.

In his busy po­si­tion as wind tech­ni­cian and elec­tri­cian at Merid­ian En­ergy’s West Wind wind farm in Makara, Welling­ton, dis­tance learn­ing was the best op­tion for him.

“I don’t have to at­tend class. It’s f lex­i­ble and I can study when it suits me, dur­ing my lunch breaks or af­ter work,” he says.

Blair is look­ing to study fur­ther, with a solid foun­da­tion in Ad­vanced Trade.

“I think the Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing (Ad­vanced Trade) is a good taster in a lot of dif­fer­ent ar­eas, not just in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing, you also cover health and safety, drawing, ac­count­ing and elec­tri­cal leg­is­la­tion.”

Open Polytech­nic Head of School of En­gi­neer­ing, Trades and Con­struc­tion, Christo Pot­gi­eter, says there are many study op­tions for those look­ing to de­velop their en­gi­neer­ing ca­reers.

As well as the Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing (Ad­vanced Trade), Open Polytech­nic also of­fers a New Zealand Di­ploma in En­gi­neer­ing (Me­chan­i­cal) and the Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy.

“Our Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy is of­fered with the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Queens­land, where stu­dents can gain over­seas ex­po­sure dur­ing their block cour­ses. We of­fer spe­cial­i­sa­tions in Elec­tri­cal/Elec­tronic, Me­chan­i­cal, and Civil En­gi­neer­ing,” says Christo.

For more in­for­ma­tion about study­ing En­gi­neer­ing with Open Polytech­nic, visit open­poly­tech­nic.ac.nz/en­gi­neer­ing or call 0508 865 327 to­day.

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