Free^ pre-trade apprenticeship training in welding, fabrication and steel construction

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

Last chance!

Apply now for our July intake and TTAF will cover your fees^.

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, this programme is free^ until 31 December 2022. For terms and conditions, more information, and other programmes covered by this scheme, click here.

Programme highlights

­­Do you want to start out in mechanical engineering trades?

This qualification will prepare you for an apprenticeship in your chosen field.

You will learn specialist skills in:

  • Fabrication and welding
  • Maintenance engineering
  • Fitting and machining.

This programme includes a minimum of 40 hours of industry experience.

You will graduate with a solid foundation in engineering and fabrication skills.

Aspects of this programme are physically demanding, please talk with an Ask Me! agent if you face fitness or mobility challenges.

This programme is not for those wanting a career in automotive or the vehicle servicing industry. Visit our New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) programme for details on automotive studies.

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

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT TechPark

Level 3
Domestic fees


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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Available (eligibility criteria applies)

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Programme code NZ2715

Full-time for 1 year (34 teaching weeks)

Study method

Three days a week

Credits 120
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Available (eligibility criteria applies)

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

English language entry requirements

You will need English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English (an assessment may be required if your first language is not English).


Programme structure

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

243.327 Mechanical engineering health and safety (10 credits)

Work safely, applying an understanding of relevant Health and Safety requirements and safety culture, when carrying out engineering task.

243.328 Mechanical engineering drawing and calculations (15 credits)

Apply basic trade-related numeracy, literacy and visualisation skills to perform engineering tasks

243.329 Mechanical engineering workshop basics (20 credits)

Perform a defined range of engineering tasks according to instructions using relevant materials, tools and equipment

243.330 Mechanical engineering materials (20 credits)

Perform a defined range of engineering tasks according to instructions using relevant materials, tools and equipment

243.331 Mechanical engineering basic processes (20 credits)

Set up and carry out a single process engineering job according to instruction

243.332 Welding for mechanical engineers (15 credits)

Set up and carry out a single process engineering job according to instruction

243.333 Mechanical engineering processes and quality (10 credits)

Apply an understanding of the effective and efficient processes and principles to the engineering jobs while taking responsibility for the quality of own engineering work

243.334 Mechanical engineering communication (10 credits)

Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the trades calendar.

Career opportunities

This qualification is to provide the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries with people who have sufficient underpinning knowledge, understanding, and practical skill to work under limited supervision as operators or trade assistants within their chosen discipline.

It is designed for people already working in the industry or people intending to complete a pre-trade qualification before entering the industry.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work (under limited supervision) in an operator or trade assistant role in their area of specialisation, in the mechanical engineering, construction, mechanical building services, manufacturing, or fabrication industries.

Roles may include:

Light or heavy fabrication engineering, steel construction, engineering machinist, metal machine setter, metal turner, fitter and turner, CNC operator, construction, sheet metal, maintenance or general engineer, toolmaker, machinist, metal former or fabricator/welder.

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Further training or study

Graduates will be capable of performing a defined range of engineering tasks under limited supervision.

During this programme, students will gain exposure to a range of options available to them in the discipline of mechanical engineering. These include machining, engineering fabrication both light and heavy, mechanical building services and welding.

On completion, students will be able to make an informed decision as to the strand of mechanical engineering they wish to pursue in their apprenticeship. Students will enter into the second year of their apprenticeship with the ITO Competenz, having already completed the year one pre-requisites of an apprenticeship.

Competenz offers apprenticeship programmes including National Certificates in: Engineering, Fabrication (heavy, light or steel construction strand), and National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, with strands in Fitting & Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, or Toolmaking.

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 21 April 2022. 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 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. 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 Limited 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.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). If you’re enrolled in an eligible programme, TTAF will automatically cover your fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022. Visit for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation. Note: if your programme of study goes beyond 31 December 2022, your courses after this date will be subject to applicable course costs.  Please talk to us at that time though, as you might be eligible for fees-free study or other options to cover the rest of your tuition fees.