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MIG, TIG, OAW and Arc Welding (Night Class Welding)

MIG, TIG, OAW and Arc Welding (Night Class Welding)

UCOL’s MIG, TIG, OAW and Arc Welding (Night Class Welding) is an introductory programme to upskill basic welding techniques with aluminium, stainless steel and steel.

Students learn to weld in our Regional Trades and Technology Centre
Quick info

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 8 weeks, one night each week, 5:30 - 8:30pm

04 May 2022 - 22 Jun 2022 (Places are full. Contact the info centre)
27 Jul 2022 - 14 Sep 2022
19 Oct 2022 - 07 Dec 2022

Domestic Fees: *
$728.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Are you interested in finding out what welding is all about? Or do you hobby around at home or on the farm with a welder but would like to know the finer details to get better results? 

UCOL’s MIG, TIG, OAW and Arc Welding (Night Class Welding) programme will help you learn the basics and sharpen your welding skills. The programme can also be used as a welding refresher or towards professional development.

The welding is performed on different thickness low carbon steel,  and weld joints, mainly in the down hand, (flat) position.

Demonstrations are based around:

  • MMAW (Stick welding)
  • GMAW (MIG welding)
  • GTAW (TIG welding is taught and practical for students, working with stainless steel and/or aluminium)

The course provides students with more insight/practical experience with the different welding processes, machines, metals, problem solving and avoiding weld defects. As well as the above mentioned welding processes, it is possible to have demonstrations/practical activities organised with oxy-acetylene welding/cutting or plasma cutting.

This welding course is structured around a limited number of students and is currently offered three times a year. If a higher level of training and or welding certificate training is required then this may be offered at a later stage.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The New Zealand Government COVID-19 Mandate Order requires the following workers to be vaccinated: 

  • health and disability sector workers
  • prison staff
  • border and MIQ workers.

As well as that, private companies and organisations have the right to require staff to be vaccinated.

Therefore, to go on placement or an internship that is a part of your programme, you must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements. You can see more information on UCOL's Covid-19 page and on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.

 Career & Study Outcomes

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time.

This programme covers:

  • First night: Health & Safety and Manual Metal Arc Welding
  • Second night: Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Third night: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Fourth night: Oxy/Acetylene Welding/Cutting

The remaining four nights will cover all of the above taking into consideration individual interests. You are also welcome to bring in manageable small projects. Please enquire with the lecturer first.

 Learning Facilities

Learn in a great practical teaching environment equipped with industry standard facilities and work with our supportive and skilled industry experienced tutors.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS or equivalent, including TOEFL. Contact the info centre for more details. UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

As UCOL becomes Te Pūkenga on 1 January 2023, learners enrolling in a programme that is likely to continue into semester 1 2023 or starting in semester 1 2023 will become Te Pūkenga learners. They will receive their qualification from Te Pūkenga on completion.

You must supply your own steel cap boots and 100% cotton overalls. UCOL will supply you with a welding helmet, welding gloves, ear muffs and safety glasses for the duration of the programme.



The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.