Electrical class power ahead
From zero knowledge to creating electricity from different sources – CPIT’s Pre-Trade Electrical students showed how much they have learned this year during a presentation of final year projects to key industry partners.
The students were challenged to generate and transmit electricity over 280 metres from either wind, water, solar or petrol sources. Each group gave a detailed analysis of their process, conclusions and what they would do differently next time.
Tutor Andrew Massie hardly contained his pride in the class, which is headed for 100% employment with eight students already starting their apprenticeships.
Self-directed learning and replicating industry conditions are important features of the programme, Andrew said. “We follow Occupational Health and Safety rules and simulate the workplace as closely as possible. The students must have work permits, wear protective gear, sign on and sign off, and there are penalties for lateness.”
The students graduate from the year-long programme knowing what employers expect from them and how to behave in the workplace.
Alongside their studies, the students have also visited sites such as Transpower substations and Meridian hydro-generators for first-hand experience of electricity generation, transmission and distribution in the South Island. The programme works closely with the major electricity companies, which facilitates work experience opportunities and apprenticeships when the students graduate.
“This is a smart programme, structured and delivered in full partnership with industry,” CPIT Head of Trades Karen Te Puke said.
Industry partners help students
Industry partners also donate equipment, guaranteeing that students are learning on industry standard equipment.
The students graduate into a workplace where their skills are in demand and a city where repairs of the electrical infrastructure will be on-going for years to come. Their tutor has first-hand experience of earthquake damage and repairs and incorporates this into his teaching.