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Study Automotive Engineering at Unitec

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering

Are you interested in a career as a Light Automotive Engineer? Technology in the automotive industry is fast developing and growing, meaning skilled Automotive Engineers are in high demand. If you’re ready to enter into a related work or apprenticeship arrangement, this programme is for you.

Level
4
Credits
200 (1.67 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
Enrolments accepted and start throughout the year
Duration
Part-time for up to 5 years

Programme overview

If you’re ready to enter into a work or apprenticeship arrangement with an employer, you can further your understanding of light automotive engineering with the New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering. You’ll be able to safely and effectively diagnose and repair mechanical and electronics faults in a range of vehicles.

As a graduate of this qualification you will be able to:

  • Monitor the workplace and respond to issues as required to maintain a safe and effective workplace
  • Apply the appropriate precautionary measures when servicing and repairing high risk light automotive systems
  • Diagnose and repair common faults in light vehicle engines and driveline systems
  • Diagnose and repair common faults in light vehicle electrical and electronic systems
  • Diagnose and repair common faults in light vehicle steering, suspension, and braking systems

Highlights

  • Learn and work in Mataaho, our brand new building, purpose built for all trades. This includes multiple workshop spaces, as well as the Giltrap Volkswagen sponsored lab with the latest emulation and simulation technologies
  • Improved job prospects: This programme is nationally developed and recognised
  • We assist you with employment relationships: This means we work with your employer to recognise the work you do on site that contributes to your qualification
  • Support and mentoring for students and employers throughout your study

Qualification Pathway

The New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) is a prerequisite for this programme.

In order to complete this Level 4 programme, you must be an apprentice electrical mechanic or working in an approved automotive premises. Find out more about automotive apprenticeships here.

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme and your apprenticeship, you’ll receive the Level 4 qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering. From here you will be able to work as a qualified Light Automotive Engineer.

Graduates may also apply for a Warrant of Fitness license (with training) via the Vehicle Inspectors Preparatory Course.

How do I gain my qualification?

Do I need to be in work while I complete this qualification?

Yes. To become a qualified automotive engineer or Light Automotive engineer, you must be an apprentice mechanic or working in approved* automotive premises in order to complete this qualification.

*How do I know if my workplace is appropriate?

Contact our Automotive Industry Liaison Duncan Wales, dwales@unitec.ac.nz 0274 361 223.

How can Unitec prepare me?

Most employers prefer workers/apprentices who have done some training before they start, and the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) is ideal preparation. It will give you the skills to start working for an employer while you complete the on-the-job training and study towards your apprenticeship in this Level 4 programme - New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering.

What’s next?

Once you’ve completed the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3), you can get entry into the following Level 4 qualifications: New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering and the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering.

What if I already work in the industry?

If you're already working in an appropriate workplace, you can study the New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering part-time at Unitec.

Contact

If you have any questions about this programme or undertaking an apprenticeship please contact Duncan Wales, Automotive Industry Liaison, dwales@unitec.ac.nz 0274 361 223.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3); or

2. Demonstrate the equivalent skills and experience

3. 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

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • Be 20 years or older before the start of the programme
  • Provide sufficient evidence of aptitude, appropriate work or other life experience as approved by the Academic Leader
  • Entry by Discretionary Admission

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.