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:

  • Automotive Light
  • Automotive Electrical
  • Heavy Vehicle 
  • Motorsport

Whether you are already working in the industry or not, this qualification will enhance your basic workshop engineering skills, 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 continue with study at level 4 attaining further specialist knowledge and skills in automotive engineering, or gain work as an apprentice technician under supervision within your field of expertise.

This course is available at our fully equipped workshops at MIT Otara. The Motorsport strand will be conducted at MIT Pukekohe. 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
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 3
Domestic fees $5,900 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee
Programme Code NZ3097
Duration

One year (40 weeks) (three days per week)

Study Method Full-time
Credits 120
International Fees NZD$20,400 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship
Qualification NZ Certificate

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Information is correct as at August 2017. 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 2018 fee structure. [Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2018 are based on the 2017 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2018.] 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

It is recommended that applicants are working toward or have a Class 1 full drivers licence.

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme:

  • 40 credits at NCEA 1, or above,  
    • Includes a minimum of 10 NCEA Literacy credits at level 1 AND
    • Includes a minimum of 10 NCEA Mathematics credits at Level 1 or above

OR

  • Can demonstrate relevant work experience with the approval of the Industry Manager / Programme Leader

OR

  • NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2 or equivalent

English Language entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. International students will demonstrate this by meeting the current NZQA requirements:

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/the-table/

and

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/8/18/

Other Requirements/Recommendations

Applicants are invited to a programme information session to ensure they have the opportunity to gain information about the programme, its requirements, and ensure that they have selected the appropriate programme of study.

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 environment.

Within specific areas of this industry pre-employment and regular drug and alcohol testing may be undertaken.

Selection

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted on to the programme on a first-come-first served basis

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.

Career opportunities

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

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:


Motorsport

Motorsport 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

Auto-electrical and Motorsport 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


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


Auto-Electrical

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

Auto-electrical 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

Auto-Electrical and Motorsport 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

Auto-electrical 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 Academic year and key dates.

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

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

Need help applying?

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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 as at August 2017. 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 2018 fee structure. [Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2018 are based on the 2017 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2018.] 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.