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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 Jul 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


This course is for people who are interested in a career in fabrication, welding and general engineering. It will set you up with the fundamentals you will need to then progress into an industry apprenticeship.

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:

General Engineering
Drawings including Computer Aided Drawing

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

Graduates from this qualification will be able to progress into industry roles including apprenticeships in the following:

Specialist Production Welder
Machine Operator
CNC Machine Operator
Metal Worker/Fabricator
Ducting Fabricator
Pipe Fitter/Welder
Metal Polisher
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:

Acheived 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 (recommended), minimum 10 credits NCEA Level 1 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 International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

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