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
- 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
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)
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:
Courses and timetables
For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.
|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.|
|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 Electrical Technology (APTE3107)||10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)||To develop students’ knowledge of electrical principles in vehicle circuits.|