New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

Programme highlights

The manufacturing, maintenance, and technology industries are in need of skilled tradespeople. This qualification will prepare you for an apprenticeship in your chosen field such as a fabricator, sheet-metal worker, steel construction, or fitter-welder.

It provides a solid foundation in engineering and fabrication skills such as measurement, tools, materials and metals, engineering sketching and drawing, trade calculations, welding processes, fitting, assembly, scaffolding, basic fabrication operations, forces and stresses, pressure vessels, pattern development, computer numerical control, job costing and first aid, occupational health and safety. 

You will cover heavy fabrication, light fabrication, or steel construction and building services. 

Heavy Fabrication is intended for fabricators working with heavier gauge plate, sections and pipes, to produce a wide variety of products including pressure vessels.

Light Fabrication is for fabricators working with sheet metals and lighter gauge plate, sections and pipes to produce a large variety of metal products.

Steel Construction is similar to the Heavy Fabrication strand, but is specifically for fabricators who manufacture and install structural steel components for building and civil engineering projects.

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

Key facts

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

One year

Study Method Full-time
Credits 120
International Fees NZD $23,000 (approx.)
This programme will no longer be open to International Students from 1 January 2020.
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

General

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

https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

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:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

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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

Students complete the following courses:

Mechanical Engineering Health and Safety

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

Mechanical Engineering Drawing and Calculations

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

Mechanical Engineering Workshop Basics

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

Mechanical Engineering Materials

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

Mechanical Engineering Basic Processes

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

Welding for Mechanical Engineers

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

Mechanical Engineering Processes and Quality

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

Mechanical Engineering Communication

Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team

Key dates

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

Further training or study

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

During the course of 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 Tookmaking.

Offered by

School of Specialist Trades

Need help applying?

We're here to support you to succeed.

If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Ask Me! Student Services 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.