Certificate in Heavy Automotive Technology (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Develop the specialised skills to work as a technician in your chosen area of the heavy automotive industry. 

Learn core skills and knowledge covering the diagnosis and repair of major vehicle systems. Then choose to specialise in agricultural equipment, materials handling equipment, plant and equipment, or road transport so you have the hands-on skills relevant to your job, or as an apprentice continue your study towards the National Certificate in Automotive (Heavy Industry).

Key facts

Study Method 42 weeks (full-time) (three days per week)
Applications Close when the programme is full
Level 3
Credits 120
Fees Free* or $7,300 (approx.)
International Student Fees NZD$19,600 (approx.)
Study Location MIT Otara

*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 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.

Career opportunities

Technician in the heavy automotive industry working on agricultural equipment, plant and equipment, road transport, fork hoist, and marine and power generation.

Programme structure

Students complete the following courses:

  • Automotive Electrical
  • Driveline Systems
  • Chassis Systems
  • Automotive Processes
  • Fuel and Exhaust Systems
  • Auxiliary Automotive Items
  • Engine Technology.

Further study

Ongoing study is 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 MN4517
Qualification MIT Certificate

One Year

Start Dates February

Start dates

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Offered by

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

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • have successfully completed the MIT Certificate in Automotive (Level 2)


  • have successfully completed the MIT Certificate in Automotive Electrical (Level 2)


  • have successfully completed the MIT Certificate in Motorsport (Level 2)


  • have successfully completed the National Certificate in Entry to Automotive Trades (Level 2)


  • have successfully completed studying a Level 2 qualification relevant to this programme


  • have equivalent recognised automotive training


  • have relevant industry experience. Applicants will be required to present a portfolio of evidence to support this;
  • be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme; and
  • have English language competence to undertake this programme which is delivered in English. Any applicant whose first, language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an ELTS (academic) band score of 5.5 (with no band below 5.0) or equivalent.

All applicants will be interviewed.

International students

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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.

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