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New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



40 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


Jump-start your career as an apprentice fitter and turner, welder / fabricator, tool maker / machinist or refrigeration engineer through this certificate.

The subjects studied on this programme are the equivalent to the first year of an apprenticeship and give you a head start in your mechanical engineering career. It is a recognised entry for students to take up apprenticeships in the mechanical engineering trades and involves practical and theoretical training.

You will gain general knowledge with engineering tools, machinery and equipment, as well as worksite processes and principles. You will also gain skills and knowledge in health and safety, numeracy, communication and team work.

You will gain practical skills through hands on learning. Theory is all linked to your practical learning.

You will also learn through project based tasks to solve problems so you can progress naturally using your own learning style.

You will learn in the workshop, the classroom and at work placements as well as be involved in field trips.

For the workplace learning part of the programme, you will need to find a suitable employer. Tutors can support you in identifying and organising the placement.

Structure & timetable

Classes run Monday - Wednesday, covering both theory and practical.

Thursday and Friday are work experience days that give you an opportunity to see the different directions you could take your career in mechanical engineering.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 1. Entry requirements vary from country to country.


Be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills

English language requirements:

  • General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36

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