Build­ing a home in the class­room


Huntly Col­lege trade stu­dents are set to take on the mam­moth project of cre­at­ing a ship­ping con­tainer home.

En­gi­neer­ing tu­tor Hiki West and wood­work tu­tor Mur­ray Pre­to­rius have put their heads to­gether to pro­vide the learn­ing op­por­tu­nity.

West said he had al­ready worked on some con­tain­ers but this was the first time stu­dents would be in­volved.

The plan­ning started with for­mer prin­ci­pal Tim Foy and it has only re­cently come into fruition. With a con­tainer al­ready at the school, the project is set to take sev­eral months.

Though it will only be a pro­to­type, the stu­dents’ work will be counted as cred­its to­wards unit stan­dards. How­ever they can’t start un­til a fence is built around the con­tainer to meet safety pro­to­cols.

It’s an­other project the stu­dents can be in­volved in, but they need fund­ing to buy the ma­te­ri­als and are cur­rently look­ing for spon­sors.

The en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents have been work­ing on rebuilding mo­tor­bikes and other skills like weld­ing, through­out the year.

But this will al­low them to learn more and put their knowl­edge and skills into an ex­ten­sive project, he said. They will be do­ing ev­ery­thing them­selves in­clud­ing in­su­la­tion.

‘‘The idea is to even­tu­ally put it on TradeMe and sell it.’’

But he’s hop­ing to make it into a yearly class project.

The aim is to build on their skills how­ever it could ex­pand into a busi­ness pro­vid­ing res­i­dents with more cost ef­fec­tive hous­ing, West said.

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