Level 3

Electrician pre-trade apprenticeship

Start your career in the electrical trades as an apprentice electrician.
Overview

Programme highlights

­­Start your career in the electrical trades.

Become an apprentice electrician.

This programme will give you the skills you need to get your first job in this industry. You will gain introductory knowledge that underpins safe electrical installation, testing, commissioning, and servicing of electrical installations and equipment.

It is recommended you complete a minimum of 40 hours of relevant work experience.

When you graduate, you will be able to carry out some electrical work under supervision.

Please note: A small component of this programme is delivered by a sub-contractor.

You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Academic

  • Candidates must have achieved the NCEA (Level 1) with Mathematics and English subjects

Or

  • Equivalent knowledge and skills for entry into this programme.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below eight courses (120 credits):

Workplace skills and safety  (15 credits)

Students will apply electrical workplace standards and health and safety practices. They will also achieve/maintain a first aid certificate

DC fundamentals (15 credits)

Students will apply fundamental theory and principles of Direct Current (DC) circuits and systems

AC fundamentals (15 credits)

Students will apply fundamental theory and principles of magnetism and electromagnetism anddemonstrate the safe use of the tools and equipment used in an electrical workplace

Cables, fittings and testing (15 credits)

Students will install, test and fault-find electrical cords, cables, and equipment in accordance with legislation

Supply systems (15 credits)

Students will apply knowledge of the New Zealand electricity supply system and methods used to ensure the protection of users and installations

Protection, plans and circuits (15 credits)

Students will apply knowledge of circuit protection, electrical drawing conventions, switching circuits and lighting

Installations (15 credits)

Students will apply knowledge of cable and wiring systems, damp situations and special installations

Transformers, electrical machines and isolation (15 credits)

Students will apply theories underpinning the operation of transformers, electrical machines, and isolation procedures

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

The programme will provide Learners with the theoretical electrical knowledge that will allow them to continue on to higher level learning in the electrical and electronic field, including:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Theory and Practice Trade) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Trade (Level 4) with strands in General Electrical, and Electricity Supply, and/or
  • Higher-level qualifications in other electrical fields.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to enter an electrical apprenticeship as a first-year apprentice.

Graduates may be employed in entry-level positions in trades relevant to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) registration classes, other electrical fields such as switchgear fitting, electronics, electricity supply industry, manufacturing, electrical wholesaling or retailing.

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money but also help you to complete your qualification faster. Learn more.

*Free study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 24 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Free study for up to one year for Levels 3 and 4 may be available under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT), a government-led training initiative to encourage young Māori and Pasifika people to gain trade qualifications. Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

Information is correct as at 13 January 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and 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 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. 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 part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.