Develop foundation skills in engine repair and performance, servicing, electrics as well as basic engineering tasks and welding. Work on light and diesel vehicles. Apply your skills with work experience. Progress to the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Managed Apprenticeship) Level 4.

What you will learn

  • Engine components, repair and performance
  • Electrical and electronic operations and control
  • Battery testing, wire repairs and lighting systems
  • Diesel and light vehicle introduction
  • Basic servicing of motor vehicles, including brakes, steering and suspension
  • Carry out basic engineering tasks and welding
  • Identify and control automotive workshop hazards

Career options

To be a certified mechanic, you need to complete the Level 4 Certificate in Automotive Technology (offered by WelTec). 

  • Mechanic
  • Automotive technician

Entry criteria

Under 20 years

10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits - at least 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, or equivalent knowledge and skills. A pre-entry interview may be required.

20+ years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.