Mechanical Engineering

Get a head-start on your mechanical engineering apprenticeship with TPP’s New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3).  You’ll learn the foundation skills covered in the first year of a mechanical engineering apprenticeship, including machining operations, welding, CAD drawing and operations completed within an engineering workshop.

Graduates will be able to work in an area of specialisation of their choice (under supervision) having gained the knowledge and skill in health and safety, numeracy, communication and team work as well as general knowledge with engineering tools, machinery and equipment, as well as worksite processes and principles.

  • Level:
    3
  • Credit Value:
    120
  • Awards:
    New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
  • Location:
    Westport
  • Method of Study:
    Face to Face and Blended
  • Holiday Duration:
    6 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    34 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    40 weeks
  • Start Date:
    12 February 2018
  • End Date:
    16 November 2018
  • $6,640

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:
    $6,600
  •   Student Service Fee:
    $40
  • International Fee (2018):

    Full fee breakdown click here

Core Elements

 Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Work safely, applying an understanding of relevant Health and Safety requirements and safety culture, when carrying out engineering tasks
  • Apply basic trade related numeracy, literacy, and visualisation skills to perform engineering tasks
  • Perform a defined range of engineering tasks according to instructions using relevant materials, tools, and equipment
  • Set up and carry out a single process engineering job according to instructions
  • Apply an understanding of effective and efficient processes and principles to the engineering jobs being undertaken
  • Take responsibility for the appropriate quality of own engineering work and make corrections as required
  • Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team

Programme Structure and Workload

This programme is delivered over one year with students undertaking both theory and practical activities.  The programme course components reflect the Mechanical Engineering industry and use authentic practical learning and assessment methods to prepare students for a pre-trade qualification and/or employment. 

The delivery methods integrate theory and practical instruction using a mix of face to face, timetabled tutor-facilitated classroom and engineering workshop sessions as well as on-line teaching and learning interactions.  

Over the duration of the programme, students are encouraged to become independent students and compile portfolios to evidence their learning progression and to scaffold on the tutor-directed activities.  Evidence is captured through classroom activity participation, completion of tasks, some research, and reflection as well as via the student’s formative and summative assessments. The portfolio and project work are the major source of evidence for summative assessment purposes and tutor feedback is recorded.

Further Study Paths

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) will be eligible to progress and pathway into the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4), New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4)or the New Zealand Certificate in Dairy Systems (Engineering) (Level 4).

Career Opportunities

Career options may be:

  • Mechanical Engineering fitter, turner, and fabrication
  • Automotive Machining Technician
  • Construction building industry
  • Extractive industry Technician

Entry Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • 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 


Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who do not meet the academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate their skills, education and / or work experiences, may be eligible for special admission. 


Students must be physically capable of meeting programme requirements. Applicants are also required to attend an information session where students must demonstrate their ability, interest, motivation and commitment to succeed in the programme. 


English language: 


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any programme:

IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. 


For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language evidence of language competency may be required.

Disclaimer

This is a Safety Sensitive Programme