Programme overview

Build your foundational knowledge and learn how to service general automotive systems to be able to work within commercial work environments.

As a graduate of 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 the maintenance of steering, suspension and braking systems

Highlights

  • Learn and work in Mataaho, our purpose built building just for trades. This includes multiple workshop spaces, as well as the Giltrap Volkswagen sponsored lab with the latest emulation and simulation technologies
  • Work with state of the art automotive technical training equipment
  • Work on real automotive components including engines, transmissions, and live vehicles
  • Hands-on working environment – the workshop is the classroom
  • Service a range of automotive electrical, electronic and mechanical systems

About part-time study

Our part-time option is designed for students who wish to gain this qualification while working in the automotive industry. If you have any queries about this option, please contact Duncan Wales, Automotive Industry Liaison, dwales@unitec.ac.nz, 0274 361 223.

Qualification pathway

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 the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering Level 4.  You can also choose to continue study in the related programme Bachelor of Applied Technology in the Transport Management or Automotive Engineering pathways.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics, English, and Physics or General Science, or equivalent

2. If English is not your first language, you 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

As part of the selection process for this programme, you may be asked to take part in an interview.

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
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.
Engines and Cooling System (APTE3103) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to describe engine operation and carry out an engine overhaul and service an engine cooling system.
Engine Tuning and Fuel Systems (APTE3104) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)To enable students to describe and diagnose engine tuning and fuel systems.
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 Transmissions and Driveline Systems (APTE3106) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)To enable students to describe the function, purpose and location of transmissions and service systems.
Automotive Electrical Technology (APTE3107) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)To develop students’ knowledge of electrical principles in vehicle circuits.
Automotive Electronic and HVAC Systems (APTE3108) 25.0 credits (0.208 EFTS)To enable students to describe and service electronic circuits and demonstrate knowledge of HVAC systems.
Unit Standard 15370 (APTEU15370) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of business responsibilities towards customers within the automotive industry
Unit Standard 21669 (APTEU21669) 2.0 credits (0.017 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of hand tools and workshop equipment for motor industry applications
Unit Standard 21677 (APTEU21677) 2.0 credits (0.017 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of a diesel fuel system
Unit Standard 21692 (APTEU21692) 2.0 credits (0.017 EFTS)Perform minor servicing tasks on a diesel fuel system
Unit Standard 21716 (APTEU21716) 1.0 credits (0.008 EFTS)Select and apply lubricants and sealants for automotive and related industry applications
Unit Standard 21717 (APTEU21717) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS)Service automotive cooling systems
Unit Standard 22789 (APTEU22789) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of warranties and guarantees that apply to the motor and related industries
Unit Standard 23743 (APTEU23743) 2.0 credits (0.017 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of general legislation and regulations in the motor industry
Unit Standard 24131 (APTEU24131) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of electronic components and their application in the automotive industry
Unit Standard 1277 (APTEUS1277) 3.0 credits (0.025 EFTS)Communicate information in a specified workplace