NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

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NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

The NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) is a skills-based programme that is designed to launch your career in the engineering industry.

This course is taught by making projects like wheel clamps and braziers. Through these projects, you will learn about tech drawing and design, making calculations and measurements, and the design and planning of metalwork projects. In the workshop, you will be hands-on in measuring, cutting, fabricating, and welding. You will learn about job risk analysis and incident reporting.

On successful completion, you’ll be well on your way to gaining a highly sought after apprenticeship. Your apprenticeship options could include Fitter and Turner, Engineer, Structural Fabricator, Sheet Metal Worker, and Welder.

*This programme is free as it falls under the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.

Upcoming Intakes

26 Jul 2021
18 Oct 2021
24 Jan 2022


Domestic Fees
$6,677 - Fee free offer through TTAF

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

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Engineering Fabrication

  • Perform basic fabrication operations under supervision
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe welding principles and quality assurance under supervision

Engineering Measurement

  • Demonstrate knowledge of trade calculations and units for mechanical engineering trades
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic mechanics for mechanical engineering trades
  • Select, use, and care for engineering dimensional measuring equipment
  • Select, use, and care for engineering marking-out equipment

Engineering Materials

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering materials

Engineering Drawing and Design

  • Manually produce and interpret engineering sketches under supervision
  • Manually construct plane geometric shapes for engineering

Engineering Core Skills

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the selection, use, and care of engineering hand tools
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the selection, use, and care of portable hands held engineering power tools
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fasteners used in mechanical engineering
  • Lifts loads in engineering installation, maintenance, and fabrication work

Health and Safety

  • Apply safe work practices in the workplace
  • Handle dangerous and hazardous goods in a specific workplace
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering work sites

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

  • For students aged 16+

International Students:

  • International students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.0 with no band lower than 5.0, or a recognised equivalent test.

Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineer - Mataaro Pūkaha

Mechanical engineers design and give advice on the building and repair of machines and tools. They also investigate problems and faults with machinery, and study ways to improve manufacturing and energy production.

Fabrication Engineer Mataaro Piharoa

Fabrication engineers make, install and repair metal products such as vents, handrails, boilers, aircraft and boat parts, or beams and girders for construction projects.

Engineering Machinist - Kaiwhakamahi Pūrere

Engineering machinists use machines to cut and shape precision parts and equipment. They create, install, maintain and repair metal products, including machinery and equipment in factories.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our courses have been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and, as such, all New Zealand students that enrol in a programme of study can apply to StudyLink.

We can provide free transport/travel allowance for students aged 16-19 at our North Island Campuses.

For students who live close to campus we can provide travel allowance to cover the cost of public transport.

For students who live far from campus we have free pick up and drop off each day.

Contact us for more information on which option you would be eligible for as some conditions do apply.


This is a full-time course that runs Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 3:30pm.

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