Certificate of Achievement in Solid Works and Computer Aided Manufacturing (Level 5)

Course highlights

Graduates with the technical skills to design and make products in a factory are in high demand.

This qualification will give you skills in using Solid Works software and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

You'll also learn:

  • Drawing interpretation and production
  • Modelling procedures
  • Skills in engineering drawing interpretation
  • Using Gibbs CAM software to produce cutting data files
  • Choosing appropriate machining procedures
  • Skills in multi-axis machining on CNC turning centres (Lathe) and CNC machining centre (Mill).

When you graduate, you'll be ready for a range of jobs in manufacturing including CAD/CAM technician, designer or operator.

Key facts

Start Date(s)

Course will be run subject to demand. 

Please contact us for more information at technology_administration@manukau.ac.nz.

Duration One year (30 weeks)
Time One four hour evening class per week
Study location(s) MIT TechPark
Study method Part-time
Domestic fees $1,813 (approx.)
International fees (NZD) Please contact the international department
Course code MN0588

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:


Successfully completed at least 36 NCEA (or equivalent) credits at Level 2 (including computing and/or business), including:

  • Literacy - 12 credits in NCEA English Level 1 (or equivalent); and
  • Numeracy - 12 credits in NCEA Mathematics Level 1 (or equivalent);


  • Provide evidence of equivalence through practical, professional or educational experience e.g. two–three years’ full time work experience (relevant to manufacturing trades).
English Language Entry Requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. This will be demonstrated by meeting the current NZQA requirements. Applicants may be required to demonstrate an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent completed within the 2 years prior to 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


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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Course structure

You will need to complete the below two courses (30 credits):

233.405 Solid Modelling (15 credits)

You will learn skills related to the creation of three-dimensional solid models as used in engineering.  You will also learn further skills related to the interpretation and production of two dimensional computer aided drawings as used in the engineering workshop environment. You will be taught fundamental techniques and be given opportunities to practice and develop these techniques and skills.

The aim is to:

  • Develop drawing interpretation and production skills
  • Develop appropriate modelling procedures through practical exercises
  • Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills through practical exercises.

233.404 CAM 1 (15 credits)

You will learn skills related to the use of CAM (Computer Aided Machining / Manufacturing) software to produce cutting data files for CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine tools as used in the engineering workshop environment.  You will also learn skills related to the interpretation of workshop drawings and the production of CNC data files for two axis turning centres and three dimensional machining centres.

The aim is to:

  • Develop engineering drawing interpretation skills
  • Develop skills in the use of CAM software to produce cutting data files
  • Develop skills in choosing appropriate machining procedures through practical exercises
  • Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills through practical exercises
  • Introduce multi-axis machining on CNC turning centres.

Upon completion of this course you will receive 30 credits and a Certificate of Achievement.

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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 www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. 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.