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“I wanted to work in a trade and I wanted something that would make me think, so I looked into uni but it wasn’t for me. I’m from up north and lived on a farm so I knew some of the basics of electrical engineering and knew I was interested. A couple of friends also applied for the course here so I signed up and it’s just what I wanted.”
“We learn a lot of cool stuff about motors, lighting and cool-storage and even my maths is better than I thought because the info is applied to something. When I finish the course I will apply for an apprenticeship which I think will be easier to get after this pre-training.”
“Electrical engineering is really broad and it’s too soon to know which area I’ll focus on but at the moment I’m looking at industry which seems more varied than domestic work.”
An apprenticeship is normally three and a half years but the course reduces that by a year. From my training there I...
“I knew I wanted to get qualified in a trade. I had done a lot of things previously like nursing, beauty therapy, massage and café work, but realized a trade would give me a stable income as well as the opportunity to work at something I was good at and would enjoy. I chose Electrical Engineering but knew nothing about it when I started. I’m very passionate about it now and hope to do it forever.”
Jazz (Jasmin) is doing her apprenticeship with Positive Electrical having done the year-long pre-trade Electrical Engineering course at NorthTec. “During that year I did my practical with another electrical firm that wasn’t in a position to take me on, so they suggested I try here and I was accepted.”
“An apprenticeship is normally three and a half years but the course reduces that by a year. From my training there I already have an understanding of how electricity works, why we do things, and how to work safely.”
“Now that I’m working in electrical engineering, I love the mix of having to think, work physically, and be part of a team. We get to do different things every week out on residential and some commercial sites, and we have a great team here. I’m learning new things every day and also have to be more organized to manage my full time work with my family commitments.”
“When I finish my apprenticeship, I’ll be able to go out on jobs on my own. I’m really looking forward to being qualified and financially stable.”
Doing the electrical course was the best thing I’ve ever done. I came straight from school and it was ten times...
Since his time as a student at NorthTec, Jared has moved into work in the refrigeration industry where his electrical engineering studies were an employer requirement, and have combined with on-the-job learning to move him forward in this line of work.
“Doing the electrical course was the best thing I’ve ever done. I came straight from school and it was 10 times better than school. Everything I learned was relevant and the tutors were the best ever. They treated me as an adult.”
Jared needed to do the one-year electrical certificate to learn basics and safety. He benefited from weekly course-related work experience. Now he has a job in the industry and he is looking forward to progressing his career further.
“I don’t know what will open up but refrigeration covers lots of areas of life and can take you all over the world. I’ve told my mates to go to NorthTec. It’s the best thing.”