Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers says there is a national need for trained and skilled engineering and tradespeople, and a facility of this calibre will help lead the changes needed to address this.
“The facility will provide more opportunities for people to learn in an environment that better reflects industry standards and uses the latest techniques and technologies,” Mr Flowers says.
“Its open plan design, exposed structures and flexible teaching spaces makes it a learning facility from every angle. People will be able to see what is going on inside it.
“Thanks to the staff and industry input into its design and functionality, it will be a vibrant learning environment, with technology that students of today and the future expect.”
New technologies include simulation equipment and software, particularly in electrical, automotive, welding and engineering fields, as well as increased wireless and “bring your own device” facilities.
“I’m excited about this significant development in the heart of Hamilton’s industrial area. It will put our Rotokauri campus on the map and play an important role in further connecting with employers and students.”
Engineering courses and the Waikato Centre for Industry Training will be operating from the facility from February next year, while the School of Trades will move to the facility in mid-2014. Since 2003, Wintec has spent more than $60m on its campus modernisation programme to provide students and staff with modern facilities and the best possible environment to learn the skills necessary to succeed in their industries.
Developments include the Gallagher Hub, the refurbishment of Wintec House and the new marae, Te Kopu Mania o Kirikiriroa, on Wintec’s city campus, as well as the Rotokauri hub, an upgrade of the training restaurant, Windows, and a new entrance to the Rotokauri campus.
The Engineering and Trades project is one of the largest undertaken by Wintec in its campus modernisation programme.