Programme overview

This programme is for you if you’re intending to complete a pre-trade qualification or if you’re already working in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries. This programme will prepare you for work, apprenticeship and/or further education in these industries. This programme is great if you’re a motivated independent learner wanting the foundational skills for operating machinery and using related software for welding and fabrication.

As a graduate of this programme you will have solid knowledge and the practical skills to be capable of performing a defined range of engineering tasks under limited supervision as well as the knowledge you need to be able to do the required assessments and calculations such as estimations, cost of goods, and time costing – future-proofing your career in mechanical engineering.

As a graduate you will be able to:

  • Apply basic trade-related numeracy, literacy, and visualisation skills to perform engineering tasks
  • Perform a range of engineering tasks and single process engineering jobs according to instructions using relevant materials, tools, and equipment
  • Understand and apply effective and efficient processes and principles
  • Take responsibility for the appropriate quality of your own engineering work and make corrections as required
  • Understand and apply relevant Health and Safety requirements when carrying out engineering tasks
  • Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team

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
  • Use the latest tools and software including Fusion 360, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery such as plasma cutters, lathes, and milling machines
  • Great way to build essential foundational knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication
  • Hands-on with real-world project applications where you’ll use tools and create projects that you keep such as a rocket stove and remote controlled jockey wheel
  • Dynamic learning environment including lectures, tutorials, flipped classroom, work integrated learning, online learning, workshops and team work
  • Develop your portfolio showcasing your achievements and your work – this would look great on your CV

Qualification pathway

Graduates of this programme can go on to work in entry-level manufacturing, machining, and operation roles in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries.

You may also go on to undertake an apprenticeship in fabrication and welding, and return to Unitec to undertake two certification tests towards the AS/NZS2980 (see the fabrication short courses), which is required by the construction industry.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

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

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

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
Engineering Workshop Health and Safety (APTE3201) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)This course introduces the culture of safe working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.
Engineering Drawing and Calculations (APTE3202) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces trade-related numeracy, literacy and visualisation skills when performing engineering tasks.
Engineering Materials (APTE3203) 20.0 credits (0.167 EFTS)This course introduces the fields of engineering materials and its properties used in engineering tasks.
Engineering Workshop Practice (APTE3204) 20.0 credits (0.167 EFTS)This course develops practitioner skills to undertake engineering tasks using relevant materials, tools and equipment.
Welding Processes (APTE3205) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces the culture of safe working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.
Fabrication Processes (APTE3206) 20.0 credits (0.167 EFTS)This course introduces the culture of safe working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.
Engineering Process and Quality Systems (APTE3207) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)This course introduces quality systems to engineering processes the culture of taking responsibility for efficient working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.
Engineering Communication (APTE3208) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS)This course introduces the culture of safe working practices when carrying out engineering tasks in a worksite.