Automotive Technologies

Cars these days have complex systems so they need good problem solvers who are on top of the latest technology to work on them.

Currently, skilled workers are in demand in the automotive industry as motor mechanics or vehicle service technicians. You could be working on any type of vehicle, from cars and trucks to heavy industrial diesel machines like diggers, forklifts and front end loaders.

Our automotive technology programme gives you all the skills you need to test, repair, maintain and build cars and their systems. Plus you get a large chunk of practical experience in our fully equipped workshops. Choose from strands in light vehicle automotive or heavy/diesel automotive. Whatever your starting point, we’ll help you achieve your goals.

Automotive Staff Profiles

Potential Jobs

There are shortages of people in these jobs, so chances of getting a job are good.

Once you are qualified, there is also an opportunity to open your own business and become self-employed.

JobAverage salary»
Light Vehicle Automotive Technicians  Up to $20 per hour (1-2 years' experience)
$21-$30 per hour (2-5 years' experience)
$29-$37 per hour (senior or supervisor level)
Heavy Vehicle Automotive Technicians $26-$39 per hour (depending on experience)

»Sourced from April 2019

Why choose MIT?

Studying Automotive and Vehicle Technology at Manukau Institute of Technology means you will get the right start to your career because our workshops are industry standard and lecturers are industry experienced. We will prepare you with work-ready skills to help you get the job, apprenticeship and career that you want.

Here at the Engineering and Trades, we have strong relationships with the automotive industry, giving you greater access to work experience opportunities while studying, apprenticeship placements and ongoing job opportunities after graduation.

Plus we offer extra scholarships and apprenticeships through the Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative.


The following programme is available in this area of study: