New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)

Programme highlights

The electrical trades is vital to the construction, engineering and manufacturing industry. You can end up working in a domestic or industrial environment, with different opportunities to grow and possibly become a business owner.

This programme aims to prepare students for an apprenticeship and employment within the electrical industry. You will gain introductory knowledge that underpins safe electrical installation, testing, commissioning, and servicing of electrical installations and equipment.

Graduates of this qualification are not electricians but will have an operational and theoretical knowledge of electricity production, distribution, and utilisation, and can carry out a limited range of prescribed electrical work safely and ethically under general supervision in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992.

Where ever possible students will be supported to undertake a minimum 40 hours of relevant work experience during the duration of the programme to enhance their learning.  The work experience is non-credit bearing. Where a student has been unable to find work experience the tutor will support the search for appropriate experience. Through MIT's industry engagement, opportunities do arise for students to gain work experience with companies within the Auckland area and these connections will be discussed with students to ensure an appropriate fit with the company.  Where appropriate opportunities may arise with MIT’s Facilities Management.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February and July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 3
Domestic fees Free* or $6,900 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Available
Programme Code NZ2387
Duration

One year (full-time)

Study Method Full-time
Credits 120
International Fees NZD$23,000(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

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Academic

NCEA Level 1, including

  • A minimum of 10 credits in mathematics;
  • A minimum of 10 credits in english; and
  • 14 credits in physics or general science

or

Equivalent qualifications.

Interviews

Applicants are not required to attend an interview, however a programme information session will be held to ensure applicants have selected the appropriate programme of study.

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/

Other requirements/recommendations

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/ work site, at height or in confined spaces.

  • Drug and alcohol testing may be required in some sectors of this industry
  • Students should be working towards a Class 1 driver’s license
  • Successfully gained a First Aid Certificate by the end of the programme

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 Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and attributes to work in apprenticeships in the electrical industry in the field of their choice with guidance, mentoring, and supervision in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992.

Examples of roles that this qualification may lead to are Electricity Supply Electrical Apprentice, Domestic/Commercial Electrical Apprentice, or Industrial Electrical Apprentice, or apprenticeships in other electrical related sectors.

Graduates may also be able to work in areas such as electrical wholesaling or retailing as a counter sales person, or electrical meter readers.

Programme structure

Students complete the following courses:

Electrical Work Practices

To acquire fundamental operational and theoretical knowledge of electrical work practices

DC Fundamentals  

To introduce fundamental knowledge and principles of Direct Current (DC) electrical installation practices

Installation Fundamentals

To introduce fundamental knowledge and principles of electrical installation practices and associated legislation and standards

Electrical Applications 

To understand and apply fundamental knowledge of electrical theory and practice to the installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment

Electricity Systems 

To extend knowledge of electrical systems and applications of direct and alternating current

Electricity Supply and Distribution

To gain understanding of the fundamentals of the New Zealand electricity supply system and devices used to ensure the safety and protection of users and installations

Power Conversion

To understand the theory and application of electrical diagrams in terms of circuit design and lighting installations

Power Application  

To understand the theory and application of electrical machine protection, fault diagnosis, special power supplies and rotating machines.

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

This qualification provides one of two entry pathways into the electrical industry and is intended for candidates who do not have an electrical apprenticeship agreement.

The second entry pathway is through an apprenticeship agreement where candidates will be signed directly into the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2388].

On completion of this qualification graduates may progress to higher level qualifications within the electrical industry such as the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2388], or the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering [Ref: 112950].  Graduates may also progress to degree level programmes.

This qualification is not a prerequisite for the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2388].  However, credits gained for this qualification will contribute towards that qualification.

Offered by

School of Engineering and Trades

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 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.