New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. 

Note: The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022. For courses continuing/starting after 1 January 2023, partial or full fees may apply.

Are you a mechanically minded person with an inventive nature and the desire to improve and problem solve?

This diverse course offers a wide range of engineering skills which opens employment opportunities in general engineering.

What you will learn

At NorthTec Future Trades we have three well-equipped industrial workshops in which you will learn:

  • Steel, stainless steel and aluminium welding.

  • Steel cutting, forming and pipe bending skills in our fabrication workshop using industrial machinery including a 60-tonne plate bending machine and a guillotine capable of cutting ten millimetre steel.

  • Skills to design and build a deck or bull bar for a ute or a roll cage for a performance car and many other useful projects.

  • How to operate industrial size lathes, milling machines and drilling machines to create intricate machinery components accurately to fine tolerances.

Once you’ve gained these skills you will be able to repair, improve and adapt pieces of machinery for manufacturing industries and recreational interests.

Our programme is designed to help you to gain employment in a rewarding and interesting career and also be able to support your hobbies and recreational engineering.

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 an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Courses in this programme

A New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) is awarded when students have achieved 120 credits, including all compulsory courses.

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
5573.0002 - Mechanical Engineering Drawing and Calculations 3 15
5573.0003 - Mechanical Engineering Workshop 3 20
5573.0004 - Mechanical Engineering Materials and Machining 3 25
5573.0005 - Fabrication Processes 3 25
5573.0006 - Welding for Mechanical Engineering 3 15
5573.0007 - Mechanical Engineering Processes and Quality 3 10
5573.0008 - Mechanical Engineering Communication 3 10

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical 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

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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