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Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


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New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 26-July-2021
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
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Course details


This qualification aims to give students basic workplace skills for mechanical engineering, welding and fabrication. The qualification may be used as the first stage of an apprenticeship or as the basis for further training. It is designed for both school leavers and more mature students.

You will learn how 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 your own engineering work and make corrections as required
  • Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team

Career Options

CNC Machine Operator, Mould and Core Maker, Furnace Operator, Machine Operator, Specialist Production Welder, Metal Worker/Fabricator, Ducting Fabricator, Pipe Fitter/Welder, Metal Polisher and Pattern Maker Trade Assistant.

Further Study Options

Engineering apprenticeships and trade certificates.

Entry criteria

Open entry

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 General
  • LanguageCert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS


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