Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

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New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: February-2020
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
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Turn your passion for vehicles into a career by gaining knowledge, skills and abilities to enter employment in the motor industry. The aim of the Certificate in Automotive Trades qualification is to develop graduates who have a theoretical and practical understanding of Automotive Engineering.

You will learn how to:

  • Follow workplace policies, procedures and current legislative requirements to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop.
  • Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering and servicing 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, tyres and brake systems.
  • Apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to light diesel servicing and component operation.

Career Options

Automotive Engineer, Motorcycle Engineer, Automotive Electrical Engineer, automotive machinist, accessories and parts sales, Automotive Dismantler, small engine repair, power boat servicing.

Entry criteria

  • NCEA Level 1; or
  • Equivalent NZQF Unit Standards; or
  • Equivalent knowledge, life skills, work experience, or study.

Applicants may be required to undertake a Mechanical Aptitude Test administered by WITT. Class 1 Drivers Licence is also required.

Students must also meet the English language proficiency requirements as below:

  • General or Academic IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL (pBT) score of 500 (with an essay score of 4.0 TWE)
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 35 (with a writing score of 20)
  • FCE, or FCE for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  • PToE (Academic) score of 36
  • City & Guilds IESOL B1 Achiever with a score of 43
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement General
  • LanguageCert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS


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