Course details

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

About the course

Learn the foundations of mechanical trades, and how to safely use steel or plastics to create and maintain equipment across a diverse range of industries. In this year-long, fees-free introductory course, our industry-expert tutors will guide you along the way. Our graduates work across a range of exciting industries within manufacturing, aviation, energy, boating, and many more.

The course is designed to give you foundational knowledge, skills, and confidence. The next step if you are looking to become a fully-qualified tradesperson, is to complete an apprenticeship. Long term, after the completion of your apprenticeship, there are further opportunities to study at a higher level, such as the Mechanical Engineering Level 5, which is for advanced tradespeople looking at more specific roles. There are many different job opportunities for you to pursue in many industries, such as manufacturing, aviation, construction, and energy.

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There is open entry to this programme although students must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at [email protected] or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Year 1 students starting July 2022

As part of the Centre for Trades safety guidelines, in the workshop, you will be required at all times to wear:

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About the provider

Based in Hamilton, the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), is one of the country’s largest institutes of technology. We deliver high-quality education across vocational (technical) and professional fields of study to approximately 13,000 students, across over 130 different courses.

At Wintec students are educated in a way that builds their confidence and gets them work-ready. We differ from other types of tertiary providers in the way students get the chance to put their theoretical learning into practice from the very start. You will get to work on real-life projects based on relevant topics and themes as if you were in the workplace. You will also get involved in work placements. This means that by the time you graduate, you will be confident in your skills and knowledge, and know-how to apply your learnings. Our academic staff have years of industry experience between them, which means they can guide you on your journey.

Wintec maintains collaborative relationships with local industry and iwi to identify the needs of the region and community. Fostering strong networks that our students and graduates benefit from is a high priority for us.  Understanding the needs of local industry, what type of graduates they need now, and what they will need in the future is critical to assisting industry and our graduates.