Course details

Academy Automotive Programme
Domestic tuition $0 per year
NZQF Level 2

About the course

Discover if a career in the automotive industry is right for you while still in secondary school with UCOL's Academy Automotive Programme.

Are you interested in the fields of automotive mechanics, engine servicing or auto electrical? Join UCOL's Academy Automotive Programme to learn core concepts and get a taste of the automotive industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 3 whilst exploring the technical skills required to work in the automotive field. 

You will learn about:
  • General service checks
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Disassembling and reassembling a four stroke multi-cylinder engine
  • The hand tools and workshop equipment for motor industry application
  • Health and safety
  • Petrol and fuel systems 
  • The operation of two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines
  • Assembling and disassembling motors
  • Braking systems
  • Transmission
Course Information

Unit Standard 21688 (Level 2) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of disassembling and reassembling a four stroke multi-cylinder engine.

Unit Standard 29579 (Level 2) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry.

Unit Standard 21690 (Level 2) (Version 2) (3 Credits)
Perform general servicing checks on a motor vehicle.

Unit Standard 21679 (Level 2) (Version 2) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of interchanging and balancing road wheels in the motor industry.

Unit Standard 21722 (Level 2) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Balance wheels off a vehicle in a motor industry.

Unit Standard 21857 (Level 2) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Identify the occupational areas and structure of the New Zealand motor industry.

Unit Standard 29580 (Level 2) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry.

Unit Standard 30476 (Level 3) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Demostrate knowledge of tools and equipment used in the motor industry.

Unit Standard 30518 (Level 3) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Bleed a hydraulic brake system.

Unit Standard 30568 (Level 3) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of brake systems.

Entry requirements

Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Construction
  • Mechanical Technologies
  • English
  • Digital Technologies

About the provider

UCOL in its many forms has been part of the community for more than a century. We are a proud example of a successful Institute of Technology and Polytechnic. We have a rich heritage and much to contribute to the future of vocational learning.

When you study with UCOL you’re much more than a number. We take the time to get to know you, to understand who you are. By sharing your strengths and what you want to achieve, we can truly help you get to where you want to be.

At UCOL, we’re here to support you all the way. Studying can be a challenge, we get that.

Study takes commitment, which, together with a learning style that suits you and the support you need, is a very powerful combination. At UCOL we encourage resilience and build self-confidence while you learn - providing our students with even greater opportunities.

As a student studying on or off campus, you can expect to learn skills and gain knowledge that sets you on your way. Gaining a qualification is a wonderful achievement that is earned, not given. We encourage you to stay in touch and make life-long learning a part of your journey. Ultimately, we want you to find your own place, whatever that may mean for you.

Our networks with local employers go beyond one-way exchanges, we value meaningful connections that are mutually beneficial. These relationships keep our education grounded, our programmes relevant, and job opportunities real. Our approach is truly collaborative.

UCOL graduates are well-rounded and possess the skills and values employers are looking. They are valued members of their local community. With campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Horowhenua, and various delivery locations, we’re well known throughout the central and lower North Island.

Being close to our communities is a vital part of who we are. We strive to deepen connections and help our communities to grow and prosper. We aspire to build positive, meaningful relationships that benefit our students and graduates. That is why we exist.