Course details

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

About the course

If you have a passion for working on cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats or other areas of the motor industry, this programme will assist you to get an apprenticeship.

You will expand your knowledge in automotive and heavy automotive engineering while gaining hands-on experience with a range of vehicles and their mechanical and electrical systems.

Using the latest technology and equipment, you will learn testing and diagnostic procedures, study fuel injected motors and work on late model vehicles, trucks and test equipment.

During your programme you will spend four days a week on campus working on projects. On the fifth day, you will be encouraged to find industry work -experience to practice the skills you have learnt in class.

This programme will teach you skills in the following areas of the motor industry:

Automotive engineering (mechanic)
Electrical engineering (auto electrical)
Automotive heavy engineering (trucks and heavy machinery)
Engine reconditioning

Entry requirements

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

Selection Criteria Candidates may be required to participate in an interview process.

To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must by physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

English Language Requirements Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

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.