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Programme overview

Keep pace with the advances in automotive technology and find out how international trends affect national decisions about automotive applications. Learn about transport efficiency and sustainability issues, and vehicle systems diagnosis. Learn to be innovative and gain the skills to confidently apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations. Develop an understanding of how to run a small business and manage projects. You'll also improve your communication and problem-solving skills.

Highlights

  • Critical analysis is an important component of your study: compare and contrast existing automotive systems and modify them where applicable.
  • Access to multiple well-equipped specialist workshops and laboratories.
  • Access to a range of vehicles for project work.
  • Undertake a major industry project in your final year where you can make valuable contacts for your future career in the automotive industry.

Qualification

Once you've successfully completed this programme pathway you'll receive the qualification: Bachelor of Applied Technology.

Exit qualification: Students who complete the first two years of the degree may exit the programme with the qualification: Diploma in Applied Technology (Automotive Engineering).

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
  • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved)
  • Your 42 credits must also include 20 credits at Level 3 in any two of the following domains: Physics, Mathematics with Calculus, Statistics and Modelling, Mechanical Engineering or any other technical domain

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau

4. Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have 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

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • Completion of a relevant endorsement of the Certificate in Applied Technology; OR
  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification AND demonstrate your practical abilities by providing a small portfolio of evidence.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.

CoursesCreditsAim
Self-Employment and Managing Projects (APPT5111) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The purpose of this course is to enable the student to understand the fundamentals of project management, pricing, tendering and quoting, and gain an understanding of self-employment in a small-to-medium enterprise (SMEs) in the residential building industry.
Technology Skills 1 (APTE5101) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce and develop effective skills for the investigations and learning required for studies in technology.
Technology Skills 2 (APTE5102) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop knowledge and understanding of industry structures, Treaty of Waitangi//Tiriti o Waitangi implications, small business practices, and use of industry software in selected areas of technology.
CoursesCreditsAim
Sustainable Technologies (APTE6103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to investigate sustainable technology principles and integrate this knowledge within a local context.
Technology Practice (APTE6104) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to investigate and apply systems of environmental resource management and sustainability
CoursesCreditsAim
Industry Investigation (APTE7105) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to investigate an area of industry and to compose and present a formal research proposal.
Industry Project (APTE7106) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To enable the student to conduct research within the context of an industry area
Industry Project (Sem B) (APTE7106-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to conduct research within the context of an industry area
CoursesCreditsAim
Technology Materials (APTE5201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the properties, performance and applications of common materials relevant to technologies.
Engineering Computer Aided Design (APTE5202) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)

To develop introductory knowledge and skills of Draughting and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) related to a particular technical discipline

Vehicle Power Transmission (APTE5501) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analytically examine the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle transmissions and drivelines.
Automotive Electrical (APTE5502) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analytically examine the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle electrical systems.
Brake Systems (APTE5503) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand principles, applications and procedures associated with vehicle brake systems.
Vehicle Body Design (APTE5504) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of principles of modern vehicles body design.
Spare Parts & Inventory Systems (APTE5507) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the students to develop understanding of spare part concepts and inventory systems process and procedures.
Professional Writing (COMM5542) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to think critically and communicate effectively for academic and business purposes in such modes as the presentation of proposals and reports, and to conduct basic research procedures. It prepares students for successful management of communication applications in the academic and business environment.
CoursesCreditsAim
Engineering Concept Modelling (APTE6201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to use modelling and analysis techniques applicable to the areas of study.
Technology and Society (APTE6205) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The purpose of this course is to broaden the awareness of the student to the impact of technology on the daily lives of people in society overall and suggest some approaches for dealing with compromises and decisions that occur at the interface of technology and society.
Negotiated Studies (APTE6206) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The purpose of this course is to foster the development of the learner-practitioner who embraces life-long, personal and professional advancement.
Automotive Electronics (APTE6505) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analytically examine the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle electronic systems.
Automotive Engine Design (APTE6506) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand principles, applications and calculations associated with automotive engine design
Steering and Suspension (APTE6507) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse theoretical and practical aspects of steering and suspension
Automotive Engine Dynamics (APTE6508) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand principles, applications and calculations associated with automotive engine dynamics.
Engine Management Systems (APTE6509) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse and evaluate a range of specialised principles and applications in the management of vehicle engines
Engine Fuels and Emissions (APTE6510) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse and evaluate a range of technology principles and consequences relating to engine management systems, engine fuels and vehicle emissions.
Automotive Professional Practice (APTE6511) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The purpose of this course is to enable the student to discuss the operational requirements of an automotive workshop at level 6 .
Road Transport Guidelines (APTE6514) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse the road transport guidelines and its application in business processes.
Vehicle Fleet Maintenance (APTE6515) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To discuss fleet operations, planning and the importance of fleet maintenance to minimize the impact of risks associated with vehicle investment.
Supply and Distribution Systems (APTE6516) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop their analytical knowledge of working in logistics of goods and services for road transport sector.
International Trading and Customs Protocols (APTE6517) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop students conceptualization of international trade and customs in the development of New Zealand business while protecting its border.
Sensors and Wireless Communications (APTE6609) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The purpose of this course is to enable the student to solve complex problems in electronics engineering through new technical knowledge, experiences and practices.
Digital Electronics and Applications (APTE6610) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The purpose of this course is to enable the student to solve complex problems in electronics engineering through new technical knowledge, experiences and practices.
Embedded System Hardware (APTE6611) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of microcontroller hardware technology and its selection and application
Power Electronics (APTE6613) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the concepts and applications of power electronics including basic converter types
CoursesCreditsAim
Professional Business Management (APTE7207) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To study the strategic management of businesses in a sector, their business management models and practices.
Vehicle Failure Analysis (APTE7502) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse mechanical failures in vehicles and develop strategies for their prevention or minimization.
Vehicle Electronic Diagnosis (APTE7504) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to diagnose complex integrated faults and failures in the rectification of vehicle electronic faults and failure.

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Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects, 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Maths & English language requirements or relevant & equivalent qualifications, along with proof of work, also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $6,104$18,313
Government tuition subsidy: $11,168$33,504
Total:$17,272$51,817

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