Programme overview

This programme is for you if you're intending to complete a pre-trade qualification or if you're already working in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries. This programme will prepare you for work, apprenticeship and/or further education in these industries.

This programme is great if you're a motivated independent learner really wanting the foundational skills in welding and fabrication, operating machinery, using related software. As a graduate of this programme you will have solid knowledge and the practical skills to be capable of performing a defined range of engineering tasks under limited supervision as well as the knowledge you need to be able to do the required assessments and calculations such as estimations, cost of goods, time costings, etc – futureproofing your career in mechanical engineering.

As a graduate you will be able to:

  • Apply basic trade related numeracy, literacy, and visualisation skills to perform engineering tasks
  • Perform a range of engineering tasks and single process engineering job according to instructions using relevant materials, tools, and equipment
  • Understand and apply effective and efficient processes and principles
  • Take responsibility for the appropriate quality of own engineering work and make corrections as required
  • Understand and apply of relevant Health and Safety requirements when carrying out engineering tasks
  • Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team

Highlights

  • Use the latest tools and software including Fusion 360, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery such as plasma cutter, lathes and milling machines.
  • Great way to build your essential foundational knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing and fabrication
  • Very hands on with real world project applications where you will use tools and create projects that you keep such as a rocket stove and remote controlled jocky wheel
  • Dynamic learning environment including lectures, tutorials, flipped classroom, work integrated learning, online learning, workshops and team work
  • Develop your portfolio showcasing your achievements and your work - this would look great in your CV

 

Qualification and what's next

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme you’ll be able to work in entry level manufacturing, machining, and operation roles in mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries. You may also go to undertake an apprenticeship in Welding and Fabrication and return to Unitec to undertake two certification test towards the AS/NZS2980, which is required by the construction industry. See the preparatory courses listed in the welding and fabrication short courses.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1.    Achieved the 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 the 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

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.

CoursesCreditsAim
Engineering Workshop Health and Safety (APTE3201) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)This course introduces the culture of safe working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.
Engineering Drawing and Calculations (APTE3202) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces trade-related numeracy, literacy and visualisation skills when performing engineering tasks.
Engineering Materials (APTE3203) 20.0 credits (0.167 EFTS)This course introduces the fields of engineering materials and its properties used in engineering tasks.
Engineering Workshop Practice (APTE3204) 20.0 credits (0.167 EFTS)This course develops practitioner skills to undertake engineering tasks using relevant materials, tools and equipment.
Welding Processes (APTE3205) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces the culture of safe working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.
Fabrication Processes (APTE3206) 20.0 credits (0.167 EFTS)This course introduces the culture of safe working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.
Engineering Process and Quality Systems (APTE3207) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)This course introduces quality systems to engineering processes the culture of taking responsibility for efficient working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.
Engineering Communication (APTE3208) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)This course introduces the culture of safe working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.