New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Whangarei
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Fees-free is available for eligible first-time tertiary learners. Find out if you’re eligible at

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If cars and engines are your passion, why not follow your heart and make them your career? Our vehicle workshops are modern and fully equipped. You’ll learn all about engines and transmissions, automotive electronics and air conditioning. You’ll also learn to provide great customer service and administration. Our programme can help you to gain an apprenticeship, and then continue your learning while working as an apprentice.

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

Courses Level Credits
3507.3009 - Automotive Workshop Safety 3 10
3507.3010 - Basic Workshop Engineering Tasks, Tools and Equipment 3 15
3507.3011 - Engines 3 15
3507.3012 - Engine Systems 3 10
3507.3013 - Driveline Systems 3 10
3507.3014 - Electrical and Electronics 3 15
3507.3015 - Starting and Charging Systems 3 10
3507.3016 - Electronic Controls, High Voltage Systems and HVAC 3 10
3507.3017 - Brake Systems 3 10
3507.3018 - Steering and Suspension Systems 3 15

Entry Requirements

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

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have and IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Kaikohe: February

Kaitaia: February

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,629.42

Student levy may apply

International: $17,680.00

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