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As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to help upskill workers in roles critical to the economy, this programme has no fees*. Click here for a list of the programmes that are covered by this scheme.
Mechanical engineering is a creative field. It includes creation, manufacturing and maintenance, making devices, structures, machines, tools, products, machining, fabrication, welding, the list goes on. As a mechanical engineer you’ll design, problem solve, consider operations, process, quality assurance, communication and collaboration.
Prepare for your future in this industry at Unitec and we will get you work ready before you even complete your qualification. You'll get the practical work place skills you need to enter and succeed the industry by working on hands-on real-world projects that you keep such as a rocket stove and remote controlled jockey wheel. You’ll also develop your portfolio showcasing your achievements and your work – helping build a great CV.
You’ll learn and work in Mataaho, our purpose built trades building which includes multiple workshop spaces, the Giltrap Volkswagen sponsored lab with the latest emulation and simulation technologies. You’ll get to work with the latest tools and software including Fusion 360, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery such as plasma cutters, lathes, and milling machines.
Whether you’re looking to start out in this field or if you’re already in related work, Unitec will get you there and future proof your career in mechanical engineering. Find out more about our mechanical engineering programme and where you can go on to work.
Programmes and study path
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering||3||Full-time for 1 year||Apprentice mechanical engineer, Apprentice welding, fabricator||February or July|
Māori and Pacific scholarships
If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 16 to 40, and you're interested in pre-trades training in mechanical engineering, 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 Mechanical Engineering.
We’re a member of the Heavy Engineering Research Association of New Zealand (HERA), the industry organisation for metal industries like welding. There are many industry experts on our advisory committee too. They make sure that what you learn is exactly what you’ll need for your career.