New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Enjoy working with your hands?

If you want a career working on engines and vehicles, then this programme is right for you.

We are home to a quality automotive programme where you'll get the best training and the chance to work with the latest methods and technology.

You will graduate ready to get an entry-level job in the automotive industry, and start an apprenticeship as a car mechanic (light vehicle automotive technician) or diesel mechanic (heavy vehicle automotive technician).

You could be working on all kinds of vehicles depending on your specialisation, from cars and trucks to heavy industrial diesel machines like diggers, forklifts and front end loaders.

And, with a shortage of qualified mechanics in New Zealand, your skills will be in demand.

This programme is right for you no matter if you're new to the industry or if you already have some experience.

Automotive Staff Profiles

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
(MIT TechPark from mid-2020)
Level 3
Domestic fees $6,000 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Available
Programme Code NZ3097
Duration

One year (three days per week)

Study Method Full-time
Credits 120
International Fees Not Available to International Students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

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.

Entry requirements

Open entry

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/

Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in an entry level position in the automotive industry.

You can start an apprenticeship as a:

  • Light Vehicle Automotive Technician (car mechanic) or 
  • Heavy Vehicle Automotive Technician (diesel mechanic).

Programme structure

You will need to complete one compulsory course as well as the courses from your chosen specialisation (120 credits):
Compulsory course:

201.316 Automotive workshop safety (10 credits)

Follow workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop.

Courses related to your chosen specialisation:

Light Automotive

204.329 Workshop engineering tools and equipment (15 credits)

Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks

204.325 Light and Motorsport engines and cooling systems (15 credits)

To enable students to describe engine operation and carry out an engine overhaul and service an engine cooling system

204.326 Automotive engine tuning and fuel systems (10 credits)

To enable students to describe and diagnose engine tuning and fuel systems

204.327 Light automotive brakes and steering (25 credits)

Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service steering, suspension and brake systems

204.328 Automotive transmission and driveline systems (15 credits)

To enable students to describe the function, purpose and location of transmissions and service systems

204.324 Automotive electrical technology (10 credits)

To develop students’ knowledge of electrical principles in vehicle circuits

204.330 Automotive electronic and HVAC systems (20 credits)

To enable students to describe and service electronic circuits and demonstrate knowledge of HVAC systems

Heavy / Diesel

204.324 Workshop engineering tools and equipment (15 credits)

Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks

205.309 Diesel engines and cooling systems (15 credits)

To enable students to describe engine operation and carry out an engine overhaul and service an engine cooling system on a diesel engine

205.310 Diesel Engine tuning and fuel systems (10 credits)

To enable students to describe and diagnose engine tuning and fuel systems

205.311 Heavy equipment brakes and steering (25 credits)

Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service steering, suspension and brake systems

205.312 Heavy equipment transmission and driveline systems (15 credits)

To enable students to describe the function, purpose and location of transmissions and service systems

205.314 Heavy equipment electronic and HVAC systems (30 credits)

To enable students to describe and service electronic circuits and demonstrate knowledge of HVAC systems

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

Ongoing study is offered and managed through the relevant ITO (Industry Training Organisation).  You will need to be employed in your trade to complete Level 4 apprenticeship training.  Contact us to find out more about which ITO can support you with your on going study.

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.