Certificate in Applied Technology (Level 4)

with strands in Light Automotive, Automotive Electrical and Motorsport

Programme highlights

Develop your career with specialisations in automotive technology and autotronics including motorsport. 

The Light Automotive strand qualifies you as a technician, able to work without supervision. You'll learn the diagnosis, repair and service procedures for most of the major vehicle systems including engine and cooling, fuel and emissions, chassis and drivelines, heating, venting and exhaust and electrical systems. We will ensure you are ready to work unsupervised as a technician in the industry. Successful students will gain Level 3 and Level 4 units towards the National Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 4). 

The Automotive Electrical strand is the next step in your automotive electrical career and will get you up to speed as a reliable assistant technician. You will build on your knowledge base or industry experience, and develop skills to conduct electrical/electronic testing, carry out electrical trade calculations, carry out electrical/electronic diagnostics and analysis, overhaul electrical components and rectify electrical faults, and fit electrical and electronic components to a motor vehicle, all under supervision. You will be ready to work in the automotive electrical industry as an assistant technician or in specialist areas, such as satellite control of machine hydraulics or vehicle position control. 

The Motorsport strand is the next step in your motorsport career and this programme will equip you to work in the world of managed motorsport events. You will build on your base of knowledge and skills required to modify a vehicle for participation in motorsport, as well as learn about pit crew protocol. You will also have the opportunity to move into other areas in the automotive engineering, automotive electrical, motor body and vehicle refinishing trades. 

Based in Pukekohe, this innovative and flexible programme is designed to give you experience in a range of trade disciplines within the automotive industry, and to equip you with sufficient knowledge and skills to prepare, under supervision, an automotive vehicle for participation in motorsport. You can take advantage of the action and race your specially modified vehicle at the test day/s at the end of your training. You'll be ready to work as a technician under supervision in the motorsport industry, or you can also further your training with a national certificate.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February and July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 4
Domestic fees $6,300 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee
Programme Code CA2296
Duration

One year (three days per week)

Study Method 40 weeks (full-time) (three days per week)
Credits 120
International Fees NZD$20,800 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship
Qualification MIT Certificate

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Information is correct at December 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

  • For the automotive programmes students must have successfully completed the Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) (CAME) programme or equivalent.

English language entry requirements:

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved one of the following:

  • Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (L 3) with endorsement of either General or Workplace or Academic;
  • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0;
  • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 530 (plus essay TWE of 4.5)
    OR 
  • an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 46 (plus writing score of 20);
  • Level B1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade C
    OR
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 47 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 42;
  • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 42.

Students must be physically able to complete the practical aspects of the programme by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a simulated work environment which may involve working safely at heights and in confined spaces.

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be accepted in order of applying.

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Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

Career opportunities

Light Automotive Strand
You may work as an automotive technician on new and used cars, carrying out repairs and service, able to work without supervision.

Automotive Electrical Strand
You may work as an assistant technician in the automotive electrical industry and specialist areas such as satellite control of machine hydraulics and/or vehicle position control.

Motorsport Strand:
You may work as a technician, under supervision, in a motorsport environment.

Programme structure

Students complete the following compulsory courses in their preferred strand:

Light Automotive

  • Automotive Engines
  • Transmission and Drivelines
  • Automotive Electrical and Electronics
  • Vehicle Braking Systems
  • Business Practice and Vehicle Safety
  • Emission Control and Air Conditioning
  • Fuels and Engine Management Systems
  • Steering and Suspension Systems.

Automotive Electrical

  • Automotive Engines
  • Body Electronics
  • Climate Control
  • Starters and Alternators
  • Business Practice and Vehicle Safety
  • Vehicle electronic Controls
  • Vehicle Safety Restraint Systems
  • Vehicle Electrical and Electronics Diagnosis and Repair.

Motorsport

  • Automotive, Fabrication and Engineering
  • Automotive Engine Technologies
  • Race Car Prep, Exhaust and Fuel Systems
  • Drivelines and Brakes
  • Electrical and Testing
  • Business Practice and Vehicle Safety.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the Academic year and key dates.

Offered by

Faculty of Engineering and Trades - School of Automotive and Vehicle Technology

Need help applying?

We're here to support you to succeed.

If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Information and Application Centre is here to give you guidance.

Send us a message, call us on 0800 62 62 52 or come in and see us.

Information is correct at December 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.