New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Get a solid foundation along your chosen road in the automotive industry by developing your engineering skills in either of the following strands:

  • Light Vehicle Automotive
  • Heavy/Diesel Vehicle Automotive

Whether you are already working in the industry or not, this qualification will enhance your basic workshop engineering skills, in a practical learning environment, getting them up to industry standard.

All strands cover workshop safety featuring training on the correct policies, procedures and regulations necessary to enable safe and efficient operation in the workplace. Each strand then covers specialist tool and equipment use as well as the study and practical application of the relevant electronic technology, brakes and steering, engines and cooling, transmission and driveline, tuning and fuel, electrical and HVAC systems.

Upon graduation you can gain work as an apprentice technician under supervision within your field of expertise.

It is recommended students undertake a minimum 40 hours of relevant work experience during the duration of the programme.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February and July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 3
Domestic fees $6,000 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Available
Programme Code NZ3097
Duration

One year (43 weeks) (three days per week)

Study Method Full-time
Credits 120
International Fees NZD$21,000 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

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Information is correct at September 2018. 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 indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. 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. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

Entry requirements

Open entry

International students: English Language Entry Requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

International students

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Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in an entry level position in the automotive industry.

You can start an apprenticeship as a Light Vehicle Automotive Technician (car mechanic) or Heavy Vehicle Automotive Technician (diesel mechanic).

Programme structure

Students complete the following compulsory course:

Automotive workshop safety: Follow workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop

Plus the following depending on their specialisation:


Light Automotive

Workshop engineering tools and equipment: Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks

Light and Motorsport engines and cooling systems: To enable students to describe engine operation and carry out an engine overhaul and service an engine cooling system

Automotive engine tuning and fuel systems: To enable students to describe and diagnose engine tuning and fuel systems

Light automotive brakes and steering: Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service steering, suspension and brake systems

Automotive transmission and driveline systems: To enable students to describe the function, purpose and location of transmissions and service systems

Automotive electrical technology: To develop students’ knowledge of electrical principles in vehicle circuits

Automotive electronic and HVAC systems: To enable students to describe and service electronic circuits and demonstrate knowledge of HVAC systems


Heavy / Diesel

Workshop engineering tools and equipment: Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks

Diesel engines and cooling systems: To enable students to describe engine operation and carry out an engine overhaul and service an engine cooling system on a diesel engine

Diesel Engine tuning and fuel systems: To enable students to describe and diagnose engine tuning and fuel systems

Heavy equipment brakes and steering: Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service steering, suspension and brake systems

Heavy equipment transmission and driveline systems: To enable students to describe the function, purpose and location of transmissions and service systems

Heavy equipment electrical technology: To develop students’ knowledge of electrical principles in vehicle circuits

Heavy equipment electronic and HVAC systems: To enable students to describe and service electronic circuits and demonstrate knowledge of HVAC systems

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the Engineering and Trades calendar.

Further training or 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.

Offered by

School of Automotive

Need help applying?

We're here to support you to succeed.

If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Ask Me! Student Services 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 September 2018. 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 indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. 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. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.