NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering [Level 3]

Study Options



40 weeks


Level 3


If you have a passion for cars and motors, this hands-on, pre-employment programme will be valuable in gaining skills required for entry into a range of fields in the industry. You could find yourself working on trucks, cars, motorcycles or heavy machinery. Whichever you choose, motor mechanics are always in high demand.



Start dates:

  •  February and July



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


  • 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 whanau members and/or supporting associates is encouraged at all interviews.


Students 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.


The New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) is a one-year full time programme.

Once completed this programme allows graduates to pursue a trade qualification as an Automotive Engineer.  In particular, the programme is designed for students to move into Automotive apprenticeships including working on trucks, cars, motorcycles and heavy machinery.

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.





By the time, students have successfully completed this programme they will be able to under the supervision of a tutor effectively demonstrate knowledge working within the following systems.

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.