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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.
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.
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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|
Funding your study
Find out how to fund your study, including which loans and allowances are available, the fees-free tertiary study policy, and grants and hardship.
Fees Free Tertiary Study
If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training at Unitec for the first time, you may be eligible for fees-free click here to find out more.
Youth Guarantee Scheme
Are you aged 16 to 19 and are looking for a course where you can pick up some practical skills? The Youth Guarantee scheme gives 16 to 19-year-olds the chance to study free for up to one year. click here to find out more.
Māori and Pacific Trades Training
If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 16 to 40, and interested in pre-trades training to become a mechanic, you could get your fees free with the Māori and Pacific Trades Training scholarships. This covers your full tuition fees for selected trades programmes. Find out more about MPTT Scholarships
Grants and hardship
Find out what support is available to students who have been impacted by financial difficulty and need help to meet additional costs for course-related costs and materials click here to find out more.
Loans and allowances (STUDY LINK)
Student loans and allowances are provided by StudyLink to eligible students and can help pay for your course fees and living costs while you study. click here to find out more.