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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
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New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology


You’ll get plenty of hands-on practice during this practical automotive course. Starting with the basics, you’ll develop a full range of skills to service and repair all makes and models.

We’ll show you how to disassemble, measure and reassemble an engine. You’ll also service engine transmission and driveline systems, and brake, steering and suspension systems.

From there you’ll learn how to check and perform minor repairs on electrical systems, electronic control systems, and learn about high voltage safety and climate control systems.

You’ll also learn how to weld and carry out valuable engineering tasks. There’s plenty of project-based training, supported by highly skilled and qualified tutors who know how to create confident, capable automotive engineers.

If you’re interested in the managed apprenticeship option, you’ll benefit from our full support for both you and your employer while you train at level 3, through to level 4, and on to being fully qualified. You’ll come out with well-developed diagnosis and repair skills as well as customer service and workshop management skills.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Career opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for employment in entry level positions in the automotive industry.

Topics you'll cover

You'll cover all the fundamental principles of automotive engineering, with integrated and project based training supported by highly skilled and qualified teachers.

Automotive Workshop Safety

Basic Workshop Engineering Tasks, Tools and Equipment


Engine Systems

Driveline Systems

Electrical and Electronic

Starting and Charging Systems

Electronic Controls, High Voltage Systems and HVAC

Brake Systems

Steering and Suspension Systems

Entry criteria

You must:

have 10 credits in each of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy at NCEA Level 1, OR

be able to demonstrate suitable knowledge and skills.

A Class 1 full drivers licence is recommended, however a Restricted or Learners Licence is acceptable. In circumstances where all other entry criteria are met, applicants without a licence will be considered. Students without a licence will be advised to obtain one during the course.

Special Admission

If you do not meet the academic requirements you may be given special admission if Toi Ohomai staff are satisfied you are capable of successfully completing the requirements.

Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.

English language requirements: Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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