Course details

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)
NZQF Level 3

About the course

If cars and engines are your passion, why not follow your heart and make them your career? Our vehicle workshops are modern and fully equipped. You’ll learn all about engines and transmissions, automotive electronics and air conditioning. You’ll also learn to provide great customer service and administration. Our programme can help you to gain an apprenticeship, and then continue your learning while working as an apprentice.



Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Follow workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop.
  • Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks.
  • Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service engine, and driveline systems.
  • Check operation of, and perform minor repairs on, electrical and electronic systems
  • Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service steering, suspension and brake systems.

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have and IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

About the provider

As Northland’s leading tertiary education provider we offer high quality, relevant and practical education to prepare you or your whānau for further education or your next career move.

NorthTec’s programmes are designed to suit students entering study with varying levels of previous study and life experience. Start your life-changing journey towards an internationally-recognised qualification from a state-owned tertiary institution with a great academic reputation.

NorthTec has campuses and learning centres in Whangarei, Kaikohe, Kerikeri, Dargaville and Kaitaia. 

We’re transforming lives right here in Northland so whether you imagine yourself as a chef, a nurse, or dream of getting a job in a trade, check out our over 100 programmes and enrol now for a brighter future.

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