McMullen & Wing

When Ekueni first enrolled at NZWS he didn’t know a thing about welding. But now, less than a year later, not only does he have a great career as a welder fabricator, but he’s working for one of the best shipyards and boat builders in the country.

Impressed by Ekueni’s qualifications, knowledge and skills, McMullen & Wing offered him a job four months ago. With its global reputation for innovation and quality, and its team of industry experts, it was an opportunity Ekueni jumped at.

“My goal is to be an expert in my field and to learn from the best in the business,” he says.

Currently working on the newbuild of a mussel trawler, Ekueni is putting into practice all the skills he learnt during his Level 3 Certificate in Welding and Fabrication course. And he’s loving it.

“As a welder you’re constantly moving around, doing different tasks every day. It’s great! It’s not desk-bound work, and it inspires me to become an awesome welder.”

When Ekueni first enrolled at NZ Welding School he was “looking for something different”.

“Engineering was my career goal and welding was a way to get my foot in the door. It was a challenge. I soon learnt though that the easiest part is the welding – it’s everything else that’s hard!”

Despite its challenges Ekueni says he really enjoyed his NZ Welding School studies – particularly stepping out of his comfort zone, meeting new people, and learning new things. And thanks to the experienced and dedicated tutors, support and encouragement was always close at hand.

“Take what the tutors there tell you, as it will help you not just in your profession, but also as a person. For me, welding was a complete unknown before taking the course. To move from not knowing anything about welding, to knowing a lot about welding, opens up a lot of workplace opportunities. When it comes to my career, studying at NZ Welding School has helped me a lot.”

Eventually Ekueni hopes to pass on his knowledge to new recruits and expand his skills into management.