Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) (Light Automotive, Automotive Electrical and Motorsport Strands)

Programme highlights

Build a great foundation of automotive engineering basics or get your existing skills recognised. 

Develop your general skills in vehicle and electrical technology to meet the standards of the industry. Then go on to learn specific skills and gain a competitive edge with a specialisation in your choice of light automotive, automotive electrical or motorsport. 

On the Light Automotive strand you will learn about the location, function and operation of major vehicle components and systems. When you graduate you will be ready to work as a trainee automotive technician carrying out repairs under supervision. 

On the Automotive Electrical strand you will develop the skills to successfully carry out jobs such as electrical testing, calculations, fault analysis, fault repair and fitting electrical components to a vehicle. When you graduate you will be ready to work as a technician under supervision. 

The Motorsport strand is based in Pukekohe, where you will gain the skills to modify a vehicle under supervision for participation in motorsport. When you graduate you will be ready to work as a technician under supervision or if you want further training you may go on to study higher level certificates.  Alternatively you may decide to begin an apprenticeship with MITO, to progress to an apprenticeship you will need to be employed and approved into an apprenticeship.

Key facts

Study Method 40 weeks (full-time) (three days per week)
Applications Close when the programme is full
Level 3
Credits 120
Fees Free* or $6,200 (approx.)
International Student Fees NZD$19,600 (approx.)

*Free Study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 19 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs may also apply. Visit manukau.ac.nz for more information. Information is correct at November 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.

Career opportunities

Technicians working under supervision in the automotive, automotive electrical and motorsport industries.

Programme structure

Students complete the following compulsory courses:

  • Vehicle Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Engine Tuning and Fuel Systems.

Plus six of the following depending on their specialisation:

Light Automotive

  • Vehicle Body
  • Brakes and Steering
  • Transmissions
  • Automotive Electrical
  • Engine Overhaul.

Automotive Electrical

  • Electrical Circuits
  • Electrical Circuits and Emission Control
  • Engine Electronic Management Systems
  • Engine Systems
  • Starting and Charging.

Further study

MIT offer a Certificate in Applied Technology (Level 4).

In addition ongoing study is also offered and managed through the relevant ITO (Industry Training Organisation).  You will need to be employed in your trade to complete Level 4 apprenticeship training.  Contact us to find out more about which ITO can support you with your on going study.

Programme Code CA2376
Qualification MIT Certificate

40 weeks (full-time) (three days per week) Incl. six weeks break

Start Dates February and July

Start dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view our Academic Year and Key Dates

Offered by

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

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme, by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a simulated workplace environment; and
  • have English language competence to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0) or equivalent.

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

If you're unsure whether you meet all the entry requirements for this programme we can review your application and discuss Foundation programmes to fast-track you into your chosen programme of study.

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.

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