New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

If you love cars, trucks and motorbikes, and want to kick-start a career in the automotive industry, our New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering is the perfect choice.

About the programme

Your training will cover everything you need to know to get started in the automotive industry— including vehicles and their systems, engines, brake systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical and electronic principles—and our strong partnerships with local businesses and industry representatives will help you get a foot in the door to a job.

As well as being an excellent steppingstone into the industry, this programme is also a great option if you want to learn the basics so you can work on your own car, truck, motorbike or boat.

Core elements

This programme will provide you with knowledge and skills in topics such as:

  • Automotive workshop safety
  • Basic workshop engineering tasks, tools and equipment
  • Engines, engine systems and driveline systems
  • Electrical and electronic principles, starting and changing systems, electronic controls, high voltage systems and HVAC
  • Brake systems, steering and suspension systems

Further study options

This qualification can lead on to New Zealand certificates in a range of related areas including light vehicle engineering, collision repair, automotive refinishing, automotive electrical engineering, heavy automotive engineering, motorcycle engineering, automotive diesel fuel technology, outdoor power equipment and heavy wheel alignment. See our website for more details.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you can progress to an apprenticeship or further study, leading to roles such as:

  • Automotive Engineering Technician
  • Automotive Heavy Engineering Technician
  • Road Transport - Agricultural, Plant and Equipment Technician
  • Automotive Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Motorcycle Engineering Technician
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Servicing Technician
  • Power Boat Servicing Technician

It’s also a useful qualification for other motor industry occupations, such as: Automotive Parts Person, Service Station Attendant, Automotive Dismantler or Motor Vehicle Salesperson

You will be offered a place subject to meeting the entry and selection requirements and the availability of places on the programme. The Polytechnic reserves the right to not accept late applications, i.e., after the programme has started. The Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel, prior to commencement, any programme which does not attract a minimum number of students. The fees shown are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change. For further information visit here.