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 Level 4 programme.

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 need one of the following:

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

2. Demonstrate the equivalent skills and experience.

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
  • Entry by 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
Effective Workplace Maintenance & Safety (ENVS4501) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply knowledge to monitor the automotive workplace to maintain a safe and effective workplace, and respond to issues as required.
High Risk Automotive Systems Safety (ENVS4502) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)To enable students to apply their understanding of relevant precautionary measures when servicing and repairing high risk light automotive systems.
Engine Systems (ENVS4503) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair common engine system faults.
Fuel and Emission Systems (ENVS4504) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)To enable students for students to acquire the skill set necessary to diagnose and repair common fuel and emission system faults.
Driveline Systems (ENVS4505) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students for students to apply their knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair common driveline faults.
Transmission Systems (ENVS4506) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair faults common to transmission systems.
Climate Control (ENVS4507) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair faults common to climate control systems.
Vehicle Safety Systems (ENVS4508) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair common faults found in vehicle safety systems.
Body Control Systems (ENVS4509) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair faults common to body control systems.
Wiring Systems (ENVS4510) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to to apply their knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair common faults found in wiring systems including soldering, and in starting and charging systems.
Braking Systems (ENVS4511) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair common light vehicle braking system faults.
Suspension Systems (ENVS4512) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to acquire the skill set necessary to diagnose and repair common non-independent and independent suspension system faults.
Steering Systems (ENVS4513) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to complete wheel alignment work and diagnose and repair faults common to steering systems.
Wheels and Tyres (ENVS4514) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair common wheel and tyre faults, identify tyre rejection reasons and carry out tyre replacement to industry compliant standard.