*This programme is being re-developed and is subject to change in 2017

This certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge required to work as a tradesperson in the engineering industry.

This qualification combines a broad, common foundation of engineering skills and knowledge which are compulsory for a person to enter the mechanical engineering field. Students also have the opportunity to broaden their academic horizons by studying an area of interest.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    Tai Poutini Polytechnic Certificate and National Certificate
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    7 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    32 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    39 weeks
  • Start Date:
    February 2018
  • End Date:
    November 2018
  • $6,554

  • Domestic Breakdown
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  •   Course Cost:
  •   Student Service Fee:
  •   NZQA Fee:

Core Elements

On successful completion of this qualification students will have the following skills and knowledge relevant to the mechanical engineering industry:

  • health and safety
  • trade mathematics and mechanics
  • metals and other materials used in engineering
  • fasteners and assembly
  • sketching
  • measurement
  • engineering tools
  • machining operations
  • welding safety and procedures

These skills will give students the knowledge to complete an apprenticeship in the Fitting and Turning strand of engineering.   

Entry Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Open entry; and
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5.

Elective Courses

A total of 30 elective credits from any other course(s) of which at least five credits must be at Level 3 or above.


To achieve the award of the Certificate in Engineering (Fitting and Turning) students must pass a total of 120 credits, including:

  • a minimum of 40 credits at Level 3 or above;
  • 75 compulsory credits;
  • 15 optional credits; and
  • 30 elective credits

To achieve credit towards the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2) students must achieve the unit standards as specified in the NZQA criteria for this qualification from the following courses: MENG.2001, MENG.2003, MENG.2010, MENG.2012, MENG.2015, FAID.3001, MENG.3003, MENG. 3005, MENG.3011.

Work Experience

As part of the programme, you will be expected to a number of weeks working in engineering workshops working with experienced technicians. This work experience is completed in Terms 1, 2 and 3. This will be your chance to prove your worth to the industry.

Your Tutors

Your tutors are well respected professionals who combine their understanding of theory with strong abilities based on their successful industry experience.

Our Facilities

Tai Poutini Polytechnic has a modern and well equipped workshop in which you will be able to develop your skills and be assessed on practical tasks. We maintain a comprehensive collection of Engineering equipment on which you will gain experience. The classroom and workshop are in one area, making connection of theory and practical tasks easy.


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme