Programme overview

Build your foundational knowledge and learn how to service general automotive systems to be able to work within commercial work environments.

As a graduate from this programme you will be able to:

  • Comply with workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop
  • Select and use tools and equipment for the completion of basic workshop engineering tasks
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of automotive engineering systems to the maintenance of engine and driveline systems
  • Assess the operation and perform minor repairs on vehicle electrical and electronic control systems
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of automotive engineering systems to maintenance of steering, suspension and braking systems

Highlights

  • Work with state of the art automotive technical training equipment
  • Work on real automotive components including engines, transmissions, live vehicles
  • Hands on working environment - the workshop is the classroom
  • Service a range of automotive electrical, electronic and mechanical systems

About Part-Time Study

The part time option is designed for students who wish to gain this qualification while working in the automotive industry.
If you have any queries about this option, please contact Duncan Wales, Automotive Industry Liaison, dwales@unitec.ac.nz, 0274 361 223

Qualification and what's next

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme you can go into work as a trainee or apprentice and complete the New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering Level 4, or New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering Level 4, both of which are coming soon to Unitec.  You can also choose to continue study in the related programme Bachelor of Applied Technology in the Transport Management or Automotive Engineering pathways.

This new national standard programme replaces:

  • Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (L3)
  • Certificate in Applied Technology (Automotive Engineering) (L4)
  • Certificate in Applied Technology (Autotronics) (L4)
  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Engineering) (L3)
  • National Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Automotive Electrical Engineering) (L3)

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1.    Achieved New Zealand Certificate in Educational Achievement (Level 1) in Mathematics, English, and Physics or General Science

2.    If English is your second language, you are will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Preferred applicants will have high levels of achievement in NCEA Level 1 English, Maths, and Physics or General Science.

Applicants with low levels of achievement in NCEA Level 1 English, Maths, and Physics or General Science may be required to undertake a pre-entry diagnostic analysis to identify any extra support an applicant may require to enter into this programme.

As part of the selection process for this programme, you may be asked to take part in an interview.

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

Automotive Workshop Safety (APTE3101) 
10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)
To introduce workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop.


Workshop Engineering Tools and Equipment - Compulsory (APTE3102) 
15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)
To introduce students the use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks.


Engines and Cooling System (APTE3103) 
15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)
To enable students to describe engine operation and carry out an engine overhaul and service an engine cooling system.


Engine Tuning and Fuel Systems (APTE3104)
10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)
To enable students to describe and diagnose engine tuning and fuel systems.


Automotive Brakes and Steering (APTE3105)
25.0 credits (0.208 EFTS)
To apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service steering, suspension and brake systems.


Automotive Transmissions and Driveline Systems (APTE3106)
10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)
To enable students to describe the function, purpose and location of transmissions and service systems.


Automotive Electrical Technology (APTE3107)
10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)
To develop students’ knowledge of electrical principles in vehicle circuits.


Automotive Electronic and HVAC Systems (APTE3108)
25.0 credits (0.208 EFTS)
To enable students to describe and service electronic circuits and demonstrate knowledge of HVAC systems.