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. The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022.

Note: Fees may apply for training continuing after 1 January 2023 on this programme.

Gain the skills required in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries.

What you will learn

This programme provides a solid foundation in using workshop materials, tools and equipment, welding, engineering sketching/drawing and trade calculations, workplace communication, and workplace health and safety.

You will learn 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 own engineering work and make corrections as required

  • Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team

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

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.

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):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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