New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Programme details

Code NZ3097
Level 3
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
IntakesSemester 1
Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Tokoroa, Taupo, Whakatane, Tauranga (Windermere)
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Programme aim

Gain the skills and knowledge required to carry out general automotive system services.

This programme is the new entry level training programme for everyone entering the automotive repair industry.

Graduates will be guided by their tutor and as a Managed Apprentice by their employer as well to gain the skills, knowledge and attributes to work within safe working practices under limited supervision to service general automotive systems.

Career opportunities

Entry level position in the automotive industry

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) students must pass a total of 120 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • Follow workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop.
  • Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks.
  • Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service engine, and driveline systems.
  • Check operation of, and perform minor repairs on, electrical and electronic systems

Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service steering, suspension and brake systems.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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Compulsory courses

Course Code Course Title Level Credits


Automotive Workshop Safety 3 10
AUTO.3038 Basic Workshop Engineering Tasks, Tools and Equipment 3 15
AUTO.3039 Engines 3 15
AUTO.3040 Engine Systems 3 10
AUTO.3041 Driveline Systems 3 10
AUTO.3042 Electrical and Electronic 3 15
AUTO.3043 Starting and Charging Systems 3 10
AUTO.3044 Electronic Controls, High Voltage Systems and HVAC 3 10
AUTO.3045 Brake Systems 3 10
AUTO.3046 Steering and Suspension Systems 3 15

Page last updated: 30 Sep 2017