New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

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 can choose to specialise in light fabrication, heavy fabrication or steel construction.

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

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

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
(MIT TechPark from mid-2020)
Level 3
Domestic fees Free* or $6,800 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Available
Programme Code NZ2715

One year (full-time)

Study Method Three days a week
Credits 120
International Fees Not Available to International Students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements


Open entry for Domestic students

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

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

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

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.

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 Fabrication Engineer, Heavy Fabrication Engineering, Steel Construction, Construction Engineer, Sheet Metal Engineer, Engineering Machinist, Metal Machine Setter, Metal Turner, Fitter and Turner, CNC Operator, Maintenance Engineer, General Engineer, Toolmaker, Machinist, Metal Former or Fabricator/Welder.

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

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the trades calendar.

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 an 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 offer an apprenticeship programmes including National Certificate 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.

Information is correct as at October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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.