New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Love working on cars, trucks and other vehicles? Develop introductory skills in engine repair and performance, servicing, vehicle electrics as well as basic engineering tasks and welding. This comprehensive one-year programme will get students ready to progress on to a managed apprenticeship.

What you will learn

Develop foundation skills in engine repair and performance, servicing, electrics as well as basic engineering tasks and welding. Work on light and diesel vehicles. Apply your skills with work experience. Progress to the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Managed Apprenticeship) Level 4.

  • Engine components, repair and performance
  • Electrical and electronic operations and control
  • Battery testing, wire repairs and lighting systems
  • Diesel and light vehicle introduction
  • Basic servicing of motor vehicles, including brakes, steering and suspension
  • Carry out basic engineering tasks and welding
  • Identify and control automotive workshop hazards

Career options

To be a certified mechanic, you need to complete the Level 4 Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (offered by WelTec). 

  • Mechanic
  • Automotive technician

Entry requirements

Under 20 years

10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits - or equivalent knowledge and skills. A pre-entry interview may be required.

20+ years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry requirements

Related study options

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4) Part Time - offered by WelTec.

Students must complete the Level 4 programme to be a certified automotive mechanic. 

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Offering institute

This qualification is offered by WelTec.

From 2023, WelTec and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All programmes offered by WelTec and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review, to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry. The programme you have enrolled in may change over time.

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