New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Are you interested in the mechanical engineering fields?  This Certificate will prepare you for work in trades traditionally referred to as fabricators, sheet-metal workers, boilermakers, steel construction, and fitter-welders. 

It provides a solid foundation in engineering and fabrication skills such as measurement, tools, materials and metals, engineering sketching and drawing, trade calculations, welding processes, fitting, assembly, scaffolding, basic fabrication operations, forces and stresses, pressure vessels, pattern development, computer numerical control, job costing and first aid, occupational health and safety. 

Students may choose to specialise in Heavy or light fabrication or steel construction or building services. 

The Heavy Fabrication strand is intended for fabricators working with heavier gauge plate, sections and pipes, to produce a wide variety of products including pressure vessels. 

The Light Fabrication strand is for fabricators working with sheet metals and lighter gauge plate, sections and pipes to produce a large variety of metal products. 

The Steel Construction strand is similar to the Heavy Fabrication strand, but is specifically for fabricators who manufacture and install structural steel components for building and civil engineering projects.

This programme includes a minimum of 40 hours' industry experience.

Key facts

Study Method One year (full-time)
Applications Close when the programme is full
Level 3
Credits 120
Fees $6,500 per year (approx.)
International Student Fees NZD$19,600 per year (approx.)
Study Location MIT Otara

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 in this publication are based on the 2016 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

This qualification is to provide the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries with people who have sufficient underpinning knowledge, understanding, and practical skill to work under limited supervision as operators or trade assistants within their chosen discipline.

It is designed for people already working in the industry or people intending to complete a pre-trade qualification before entering the industry.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work (under limited supervision) in an operator or trade assistant role in their area of specialisation, in the mechanical engineering, construction, mechanical building services, manufacturing, or fabrication industries.

Roles may include: Building Services technician, CNC Machine Operator, Mould and Core Maker, Furnace Operator, Machine Operator, Specialist Production Welder, Metal Worker/Fabricator, Ducting Fabricator, Pipe Fitter/Welder, Metal Polisher and Pattern Maker Trade Assistant.

Programme structure

  • Awareness of own responsibilities in the workplace under relevant current Acts and Regulations
  • Emergency procedures; employee participation, incident and hazard reporting/management
  • Awareness of machine guarding principles and requirements
  • Working safely and contributing to a safe environment
  • Cultural Safety and Awareness
  • Hazard identification, assessment and control, machine isolation, reporting, audit and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirement
  • Welding principles, oxyacetylene, manual metal arc, GMAW, GTAW, quality assurance, safety
  • Tools machinery, electrical chemical, gas, fumes, confined spaces, height
  • Safety of person (clothing, hair, jewellery)
  • Workshop cleanliness
  • Worksite procedures in event of incident/accident
  • Avoid OOS; lifting; ladders
  • Dangers of drug/alcohol in presence of machinery
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Emergency shutdown procedures
  • Assessment and management of injured persons condition
  • Provide basic life support
  • Knowledge of trade-related terminology
  • Production and interpretation of basic engineering sketches
  • Basic knowledge of trade calculations and units of measurement for mechanical engineering
  • Area, volume, speed, acceleration, force and pressure - calculations
  • Simple machines ie levers, planes, wedges, pulleys
  • HVAC system drawing - concepts
HVAC system components
  • Understanding of basic tolerances
  • Application of calculations and measurements knowledge
  • Understanding job ergonomics and risk assessment
  • Basic understanding of engineering materials
  • Ability to correctly and safely use relevant tools and equipment including care of hand/power tools
  • General understanding of marking out equipment, conversion, and calibration
  • Measuring devices: selection, use and care
  • Engineering dimensional measuring equipment: selection, use, care
  • Marking out equipment: selection, use and care
  • Engineering metals: types, properties, characteristics; selection, use and processing
  • Production, characteristics, selection and application of engineering materials

Further study

Graduates will be capable of performing a defined range of engineering tasks under limited supervision.

During the course of this programme students will gain an exposure to a range of options available to them in the discipline of mechanical engineering.  These include machining, engineering fabrication both light and heavy, mechanical building services and welding.  

On completion students will be able to make an informed decision as to the strand of mechanical engineering they wish to pursue in their apprenticeship.  Students will enter into the second year of their apprenticeship with the ITO Competenz, having already completed the year one pre-requisites of an apprenticeship.

Programme Code NZ2715
Qualification NZ Certificate

34 weeks (minimum 12 months, maximum 4 years)

Start Dates February and July

Start dates

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Offered by

Faculty of Engineering and Trades - School of Mechanical Engineering and Trades

Entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. This will be demonstrated by meeting the current NZQA requirements. An overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0) or equivalent completed within the 2 years prior to entry.

Applicants must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme, by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a trade workshop/ workplace, at height or in confined spaces.

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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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