NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering [Level 3]

Study Options

Full-time

Length

1 year

Level

Level 3

Put yourself in the picture

If you are into cars and motors make a career out of it and study a NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering [Level 3] to kick-start an apprenticeship. You could earn a good wage as a technician doing something you really like. Apprenticeships and job opportunities in the motor trade include working on cars, trucks, machinery, motorcycles, marine or automotive electrics. You will get real world workshop experience with local firms during work experience.

 

Dates

There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Entry

Standard Entry Criteria

  • Meet the NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements, or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level. 

Non Standard Entry Criteria

  • Successful completion of NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Automotive and Engineering) [Level 2] 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 Requirements

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.

Outline

At EIT we don’t just talk about doing things – we actually do them.  Project and task-based learning offers you real world experience.  Kick-start your trade training in our facilities.

The NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering [Level 3] is a one year full-time programme.

Once completed, this programme allows you to pursue a trade qualification as an automotive engineer. In particular, the programme is designed for you to move into an automotive apprenticeship including working on trucks, cars, motorcycles and heavy machinery.

Each of the ten courses within this certificate has specific content that aligns with learning outcomes specific to the NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering [Level 3] NZ3097.

By the time you have graduated, under the supervision of a tutor, you will be able to effectively demonstrate knowledge working within the following areas:

  • Automotive Workshop Safety
  • Basic Workshop Engineering Tasks
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Engines
  • Engine Systems
  • Driveline Systems
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Starting and Charging Systems
  • Electronic Controls
  • High Voltage Systems and HVAC
  • Brake Systems
  • Steering and Suspension Systems

You are welcome to make an appointment to talk to a teaching staff member and to have a tour of our Trades workshops at either our Hawke’s Bay or Tairāwhiti campuses.

 

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Upon graduating you will be able to pursue a trade qualification as an automotive engineer. In particular, this programme is designed for you to move into automotive apprenticeships including light vehicle cars, heavy vehicle trucks and machinery, motorcycles, marine or automotive electrics.

Keep an eye out for EIT’s new Level 4 Motor Industry Managed Apprenticeships – starting soon.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus

Scholarships

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.