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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
|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|
|Vehicle Inspectors Preparatory Course||This short course is designed for people in the automotive industry who want to carry out vehicle inspections.|
Find out about how Unitec can prepare you for and assist you with automotive apprenticeships here.
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.