New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering – Level 3

Train to be a mechanic without leaving your day job. This programme is now available with evening classes and Saturday practical workshops. Fees free (conditions apply).

Course Features




40 weeks full time or 60 weeks part time




NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents


Mangere, Kelston, Papakura




$4,502.00 or fees free for eligible domestic students

Course Details

This programme provides the automotive industry with individuals skilled to undertake repairs and servicing of general automotive systems under limited supervision. This programme is designed for individuals who are interested to learn and acquire basic and entry level competencies required in the automotive industry.

Graduates of this programme will be able to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop, use basic workshop tools and equipment, apply automotive engineering knowledge to service engine, steering, suspension, brake and driveline systems. Check operation of, and perform minor repairs on, electrical and electronic systems.

Professional Standards in the Motor Industry

  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in an automotive workshop (US 16113 V5)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental regulations and sustainability practices in the automotive industry
  • Provide effective customer relations in an automotive industry setting
  • Provide documents for a workplace using a computer (US 24872 V3)

Engines and Driveline Systems 1

  • Inspect and repair engine forced induction systems
  • Repair vehicle exhaust systems
  • Service final drive assemblies and components
  • Service diesel fuel injection systems
  • Carry out repair of heavy vehicle engine and associated components

Engine and Driveline Systems 2

  • Carry out transmission repair
  • Inspect and service engines
  • Carry out light vehicle clutch system diagnostics and repair
  • Perform light vehicle final drive assembly repair
  • Execute repair of light vehicle engine and associated components

Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems 1

  • Perform soldering of electrical wiring and circuit
  • Carry out basic diagnostic procedures
  • Conduct diagnosis of complex system faults

Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems 2

  • Perform testing, charging and replacement of batteries
  • Carry out diagnosis and repair of vehicle charging systems
  • Carry out diagnosis and repair of vehicle starting systems

Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems 3

  • Perform electronic SI engine management system diagnostics and repair
  • Carry out diagnosis and repair of ignition systems
  • Test and repair basic electrical circuits

Steering, Suspension and Brake Systems 1

  • Perform diagnosis and repair of light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
  • Carry out inspection and service of braking systems
  • Repair vehicle suspension systems
  • Carry out steering system inspection and service
  • Carry out suspension system inspection and service

Steering, Suspension and Brake Systems 2

  • Perform air braking systems repair for heavy vehicle
  • Conduct repair of suspension systems for heavy vehicle
  • Carry out steering systems repair for heavy vehicle
  • All applicants must be 16 years of age or over and be able to demonstrate that their Literacy and Numeracy levels show a readiness to succeed in this course.
  • Motor Industry qualification at level 2, including NCEA Level 2 Vocational Pathway in Manufacturing and technology sector or equivalent knowledge and skills is preferred.
  • Recommended as a co-requisite: Class 1 full driver’s License.


Academic Pathways

This qualification can lead to level 4 qualifications in automotive engineering.

Employment Pathways

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in an entry level position in the automotive industry.

I have learnt a lot through this course and I am a full time employee of VTNZ I am enjoying the course every bit and would like to excel on to my level 4 automotive.


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