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Engineering Trades

People in the engineering trades use materials such as metals and plastics to make components, framing, structural steelwork or tools.

Engineers need to understand material properties and behaviour under different circumstances and be able to cut, form and shape them to meet different requirements. At Ara we offer a wide range of engineering trade qualifications. You can start with the pre trade certificates learning the core skills and capability expected in the industry.

Fabrication: Fabrication is the cutting, forming and assembly of metal components, usually from steel plate or aluminium. Components could be anything from a simple workbench to a trailer or boat. Engineering fabrication trades people will often specialise in one or more areas, generally determined by the key activities of their business. Welding is used in fabrication work, but is not always completed by the fabricator. On large projects welders and fabricators will often work together.

General Engineering: Those interested in learning this trade use lathes, mills, grinders and a whole host of other machine tools. It also involves assembly of components, otherwise known as fitting. The most common trades that develop from this programme are machining & toolmaking and/or maintenance & diagnostics.

Welding and Structural Steel: Bridges, buildings, towers and large constructions generally have a steel framework that supports or provides the platform for construction. The steel framework is termed structural steel. Most of the steel framework is welded using a range of processes.

People attracted to this field enjoy hands-on work, using precision machinery and creating or repairing functional things, from the tools that tradespeople use, right up to large-scale projects like ships, skyscrapers and bridges. At Ara you will apply theory to practical sessions, building new skills and experiences that you can take into the workplace and continue to build on.

Our expert tutors will support your success and teach you the value of a positive, can-do attitude and how to make the most of the opportunities that come your way. At Ara you will graduate with practical, industry-endorsed skills to help you get started in your first job. You will learn to safely and efficiently use and maintain machinery, with careful calculations, attention to detail and a passion for getting the job done right. An Ara trades qualification stands you in good stead to create the future you choose.

Many Ara trades programmes include an apprenticeship. You can find out more here.

Programmes

Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) Maintenance Engineering

Gain the technical and problem solving skills needed to work in mechanical engineering environments.

4 Years
Trades

Certificate in Engineering Fabrication - Steel Construction

Increase your skills in engineering fabrication.

4 Years
Trades

Certificate in Engineering Fabrication - Heavy Fabrication

Increase your skills in engineering fabrication.

4 Years
Trades

Certificate in Engineering Fabrication -Light Fabrication

Increase your skills in engineering fabrication.

4 Years
Trades

Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 3

Get hands-on skills for a career in mechanical engineering.

1 Year
Starts: February
MULTIPLE
Trades

Study and Career Preparation - Engineering Pre-Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in engineering

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Madras Street
Engineering

Automotive Engineering Trades (Youth Guarantee)

Take the first steps towards a career in the automotive industry or engineering trades.

19 Weeks
Starts: February
MULTIPLE
Trades

Construction Level 2 (Youth Guarantee)

Take the first steps towards a career in the construction industry.

26 Weeks
Starts: February
MULTIPLE
Trades

Electrical Engineering Trades Level 2 (Youth Guarantee)

Take the first steps towards a career in the electrical industries.

26 Weeks
Starts: February
Sullivan Ave
Trades

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Trades

Engage in a range of practical activities aimed at enabling you to demonstrate knowledge of and apply safe work practises in an engineering workshop environment.

3 Day
Engineering

Mechanical Trades Engineer for a Day

Throw on some overalls for a day in the workshop.

1 Day
Engineering