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Here at HERA we have two focuses to our education offerings.  Delivering it to our existing workforce, and advocating it as a career pathway to our youth.

We know the metals industry is constantly in need of evolving if we’re to meet the pressures of changing consumer demand and their need for world-class products and services.  And, a growing gap in skills shortage is not making this task an easy one to fulfill. That’s why, a core part of what we do is making sure our workforce has access to education programs, workshops, seminars and training that improve their knowledge base and keep them skilled for the future.

We carry out a number of full day courses that are tailored to metals engineering.  Allowing attendees to improve their technical expertise, keep ahead of the latest industry developments and best practice – and open the door to career opportunities and advancement.

To support this, we partner with associated industry and organisations both nationally and abroad to bring up to date industry learnings and research to our attendees.  Most of our courses contribute to Continuous Professional Development (CPD), attendance certification, NZQA and international standard qualifications.   As a result, allowing our industry to deliver high level skills to a global market.


Education is the heart of our future

Behind the scenes we work closely with institutes and foundations to ensure our youth see heavy metals engineering as a viable and rewarding career path to pursue.  Providing access to internships to students from across the world and scholarships under our HERA Foundation.

Our core offerings


Our educational programs are built for those already working within our industry. So they can take their technical knowledge and skills one step further to support their career growth.

Tackling both theoretical and practical applications, our hands on courses are delivered by reputable teachers in an interactive environment.  And soon, will be complemented with online e-learning modules to enhance the educational experience.

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To maintain a competitive edge, our New Zealand industry requires a tertiary educated skilled workforce and welding coordination and inspection staff that hold the specific technical knowledge not usually available within a standard technical education.

Understanding this unique and very important niche market, the HERA ANB as the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Authorised National Body (ANB) for New Zealand has successfully moved to fill this gap – delivering the examination requirements needed for international and national welding related qualifications.

Here, all of our activities including the examination process are controlled by an independent ANB Governing Board comprised of representatives of the New Zealand fabrication industry, training providers, universities and other interested parties with a valid interest.


International welding inspector qualifications IWI-B diploma’s achieved


AS 2214 welding supervisor qualification certificates awarded

Post-graduate scholarships

We established HERA Foundation as a charitable trust focused on driving metal based engineering research and career growth.  A step that was driven by our commitment to long term sustainability for our industry.

Promoting the study and understanding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in engineering we offer a series of post graduate research scholarships.  Which are open to New Zealand citizens and permanent residence holders.

Subjects for these study opportunities are usually centred on our own research programs, as well as externally identified business opportunities or improvements needed for our industry.

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Student internships

As a research association focused on identifying innovative opportunities for our members, we often have big ideas worth pursuing.  But to achieve this, we need people on the ground to help turn them into reality.

No matter what your career focus is, your skills may just be the ones we need to help get our research projects over the line!

That’s why we’ve always got our ear to the ground for potential internship candidates.  So far, taking on students with a structural focus, right through to mechatronic engineering, IT, marine policy and marketing. Could you be next?

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Michail Karpenko

General Manager Welding Centre

Stephen Hicks

General Manager Structural Systems

Alan McClintock

Senior Welding Engineer