Study Automotive

Skills in the automotive industry are in high demand. Work with cars and various equipment in our modern automotive workshops.  

Depending on what programme you study, you could find yourself learning how to service engines and driveline systems, or applying collision repair and refinishing knowledge to repair damaged vehicles.  

If you're an apprentice, our level 4 programme will help you become a fully qualified automotive engineer.  


New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Discover the basics of automotive engineering. Learn how to use tools to complete basic engineering tasks, perform minor servicing tasks on engines and driveline systems and apply fundamental knowledge by completing tasks on automotive systems including electrical. This programme will set you up to start an automotive engineering apprenticeship.

  • Level 3
  • 1 year, full-time

New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing

Learn the fundamental skills needed to become successful in the automotive collision repair industry. Students will be taught how to apply collision repair and refinishing knowledge to repair minor damage in a supervised setting. Completing this programme allows ākonga (students) to start an apprenticeship.

  • Level 3
  • 1 year, full-time

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)

Study light automotive engineering and learn from the best. Get the diagnostic skills needed to work on a range of light vehicles. Through block courses and part-time study with evening classes, you'll be able to complete study while continuing to work with your employer. It's the best of both worlds.

  • Level 4
  • 3-4 years, part-time

NCEA (Level 2) - Vocational Pathway Manufacturing and Technology Sector

Sample a range of skills within the automotive and mechanical engineering industries, while gaining NCEA Level 2 at the same time. Students will learn about engines, brake systems, machining, panel and paint, metalwork and fastening. Learn how to safely use and maintain tools, make calculations and choose materials to complete projects. After completing this programme, students can then go on to study their trade of choice.

  • Level 2
  • 17 weeks, full-time*

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Give yourself credit

Use the knowledge and skills you already have to fast-track your qualification with minimum cost. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses or units can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your future diploma or degree.

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Our facilities

Learn in facilities designed to teach you real skills including dedicated project spaces and new collision repair and refinishing workshops.

We have petrol, diesel and electrical engine repair workshops. Plus, panel beating and spray-painting booths.

You'll work on real vehicles with industry technology and equipment.

We have dedicated workshops for:

  • Panel beating and refinishing, plus a spray booth
  • Light automotive
  • Heavy automotive
  • Engine repair
  • Automotive electrical lab
  • Petrol running
  • Diesel running


Automotive workshops are located at our Petone campus at 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone and our Porirua campus 3 Wi Neera Drive, Elsdon, Porirua

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