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New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 20-July-2020
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Course details


This programme provides the essential skills and knowledge for entry into the automotive trades. You'll learn all about engines and transmissions, automotive electronics and air conditioning. You'll also learn to provide great customer service and administration within the industry.

What you will learn

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Follow workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop.
  • Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks.
  • Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service engine, and driveline systems.
  • Check operation of, and perform minor repairs on, electrical and electronic systems
  • Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service steering, suspension and brake systems.

Courses in this programme


  • 3507.3001 - Automotive Workshop Safety
  • 3507.3002 - Workshop Engineering Tools and Equipment
  • 3507.3003 - Light and Motorsport Engines and Cooling Systems
  • 3507.3004 - Automotive Engine Tuning and Fuel Systems
  • 3507.3005 - Light Automotive Brakes and Steering
  • 3507.3006 - Automotive Transmission and Driveline Systems
  • 3507.3007 - Automotive Electrical Technology
  • 3507.3008 - Automotive Electronic and HVAC Systems

Entry criteria

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

IELTS test: General or academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); NZCEL: Level 3 with an endorsement of General, Workplace, or Academic; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36.


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