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New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


This qualification will help you develop the skills needed to work within the industry as a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice. This qualification is beneficial when applying for apprenticeships and employers find the skills and experience gained on this course as desirable.

You will learn:

  • Fabrication
  • Welding
  • Occupational Health and Safety Practice
  • Machining
  • General Engineering
  • Drawings, Calculations and Communication

Course Content

  • MET300 Mechanical Engineering Health and Safety
  • MET310 Mechanical Engineering Drawing and Calculations
  • MET320 Mechanical Engineering Workshop Basics
  • MET330 Mechanical Engineering Materials
  • MET340 Mechanical Engineering Foundation Processes
  • MET350 Welding for Mechanical Engineers
  • MET360 Mechanical Engineering Process and Quality
  • MET370 Mechanical Engineering Communication and CAD

Career Opportunities

You will be able to work (under limited supervision) as an operator or trade assistant in an area of specialisation in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing or fabrication industries.

Mechanical Engineering roles may include:

  • Specialist Production Welder
  • Machine Operator
  • CNC Machine Operator
  • Metal Worker / Fabricator
  • Ducting Fabricator
  • Pipe Fitter / Welder
  • Metal Polisher or a Pattern Maker Trade Assistant

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) and be awarded this qualification the student must have successfully:

  • Achieved minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3).
  • Completed required practical and theoretical programme work and assignments.
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Entry criteria

School Leavers

  • NCEA Level 2 or equivalent (recommended), minimum 10 credits NCEA Level 1 (or equivalent) in both literacy and numeracy
  • Three years’ minimum secondary education
  • Desire to work in the mechanical engineering industry

Mature Applicants

Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme.

Language Requirements:

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

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