Major training laboratories at Unitec – Auckland, New Zealand

Unitec is undergoing a major transformation, creating contemporary applied teaching and learning approaches that better prepare students for the future of work, supported by bespoke, modern spaces. Chief Executive Dr Rick Ede said the recent opening of Mataaho, New Zealand’s largest open plan trades training facility, together with Te Puna, a new hub forming the centre of student and teacher life on campus, was a huge milestone in that process.

“These new buildings mark the first major physical step in our transformation that goes together with the significant investment in development of contemporary blended and experiential learning pathways and building the capabilities of our staff. Te Puna and Mataaho embody Unitec’s vision for a modern campus, tailor-made to support our approach to contemporary applied learning.”

Pullman Learning Group is proudly a major supplier and partner of Unitec in this process, equipping the institute’s Automotive, Industrial Automation, Electrical Engineering and Power Engineering laboratories with an extensive range of simulation, emulation and didactic resources.

Dean of Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure Renee Davies explained “this new equipment is a huge boost for student training across many specialties. It will help students gain the experience they need to fully develop their skills. It also allows for very specialised training. For example, we can set up our automotive emulation equipment to match proprietary manufacturer technologies, or to include advanced systems such as hybrid or electric drivetrains.” Our Train-the-Trainer sessions with Unitec’s Academic team have helped provide confidence on the various technologies in order to achieve these better learning outcomes for students.

Unsurprisingly Mataaho has already brought (and will continue to bring) opportunities for Unitec to collaborate with industry, opening the doors to organisations seeking to train staff on the latest techniques and technologies. These industry partnerships not only stand as testament to Unitec’s contemporary approach, but provide tremendous professional development opportunities for teachers and students.

We will feature the individual labs themselves in future newsletters.

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