Fees-FREE | NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering [Level 3]

Study Options



1 year


Level 3

Be an In-Demand Professional Trades Person

If you want a career in welding, machining and fabrication, study a NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and kick start an apprenticeship. You could earn a good wage as a technician doing something you really like. You will get real world workshop experience with local firms during work experience.

Graduate Profile

Nate wanted a better job and loved getting his hands dirty. Nate graduated from EIT with the NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. Whilst studying he got the industry contact to score his dream job at Red Steel. Nate loves the Hawke’s Bay lifestyle, the sun, the beaches the fishing and waking up everyday with his dream job!


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti)
  • July (Hawke’s Bay only)

Study Pathways

This programme can lead to, but is not a pre-requisite for, the following:

  • NZ 2714 New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering [Level 4] with strands in fitting and machining, general engineering, machining, maintenance engineering, metal forming and tool making. It is also your first step in many of the engineering trades.
  • NZ 2719 New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication [Level 4] with strands in heavy fabrication, light fabrication and, steel and construction.
  • NZ 2717 New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services [Level 4].

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

When you graduate with this certificate you’ll have a raft of skills across the core areas of mechanical engineering. With these foundations, you’ll be all set to seek out an apprenticeship in a range of areas including:

  • Machining and tool making
  • Maintenance and diagnostics
  • Heavy and light fabrication
  • The Armed Forces
  • Heavy fabrication welding and engineering
  • Sheet metal fabrication and welding
  • Construction welding
  • Pipeline construction and welding
  • Agricultural or general engineering



At EIT we don’t just talk about doing things, we actually do them.

The NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering [Level 3] is project and task-based learning, and offers you real world experience.

By the time you have successfully completed this programme, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of working with the following:

  • Work safety
  • Applying an understanding of relevant health and safety requirements and safety culture, when carrying out engineering tasks
  • Applying basic trade related numeracy, literacy, and visualisation skills to perform engineering tasks
  • Performing a defined range of engineering tasks according to instructions using relevant materials, tools and equipment
  • Setting up and carrying out a single process engineering job according to instructions
  • Applying an understanding of effective and efficient processes and principles to the engineering jobs being undertaken
  • Taking responsibility for the appropriate quality of own engineering work and make corrections as required
  • Participating and communicating effectively within an engineering team

You are welcome to make an appointment to talk to a teaching staff member about this programme and to have a tour of the Trades workshops.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay or Tairāwhiti campuses. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.


Standard Entry Criteria

  • NCEA Level 1 with 10 credits in Numeracy (algebra, trigonometry, measurement recommended) and 10 credits in Literacy, or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills. 

Non Standard Entry Criteria

  • Successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Foundation Studies – Allied Trades and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test, OR
  • Successful interview with a member of the academic staff and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test.

The alternative academic entry test will measure applicants’ Literacy and Numeracy ability to ensure that it is of a level to cope with the demands of the programme.

The interview will allow parties to exchange information about what the programme both provides to, and requires of, its students. Included in the interview will be discussion of possible career paths for the student, motivation, and physical and emotional requirements, and applicant’s abilities, background, experiences and interests. Attendance of whānau members and/or supporting associates is encouraged at all interviews.

English Language Entry Requirement

Applicants are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3), approved scores on IELTS tests (5.5 Academic with no band score lower than 5.5), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT Hawke’s Bay assessment.


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.