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Study Automotive Engineering at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand!

Automotive Engineering

Love cars? Automotive training at Unitec can help you forge a career as a mechanic, automotive engineer or auto electrician. And with more than four million registered vehicles in New Zealand, skilled professionals are always in hot demand.

As cars become more and more sophisticated, there’s lots of variety too. So now’s the perfect time to turn your passion into a bright future. 

Explore your options

Mechanics, automotive engineers, and auto electricians are needed all over the country to service an industry that is growing all the time. Study automotive engineering and you’ll learn all about anti-lock braking systems, fuzzy logic, automatic transmissions, engine parameters, safety systems, climate control and in-car entertainment.

Automotive training means lots of time in the workshop and labs. You’ll pull apart engines, find faults and see how it all works. You’ll learn how to install automotive accessories, service engines, repair steering and suspension, and diagnose electronic problems.

There may also be work experience in a local automotive company. It’s a great chance to see how an automotive diagnostics and repair centre works. Sometimes it leads to a job offer or an apprenticeship.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering 3 Full-time for 1 year, or part-time options available Trainee/apprentice mechanic, Trainee/apprentice mechanical engineer February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering 3 Full-time for 1 year Apprentice mechanical engineer, Apprentice welding, fabricator February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering 4 Part-time for 3 to 5 years Automotive electrician Enrolments accepted and start throughout the year
New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering 4 Part-time for 3 to 5 years Light Automotive Engineer Enrolments accepted and start throughout the year
Bachelor of Applied Technology - Automotive Engineering 7 Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options available Car design and building, Vehicle sales and service February or July
Bachelor of Applied Technology - Transport Management 7 Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options available Car design and building, Vehicle sales and service February and July

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short courses   Description
Vehicle Inspectors Preparatory Course   This short course is designed for people in the automotive industry who want to carry out vehicle inspections.

Apprenticeships

Find out about how Unitec can prepare you for and assist you with automotive apprenticeships here.

Industry connections

Unitec has been teaching automotive engineering courses for over 30 years. As a student you can become members of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers (IAME). And once you’ve graduated, you can apply to become an Associate Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia.

Māori and Pacific Trades Training fees free scholarships

If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 16 to 40, and you're interested in pre-trades training to become a mechanic, you could get your fees free with the Māori and Pacific Trades Training scholarships. This covers your full tuition fees for selected trades programmes including the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering and the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.