NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

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NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

This programme gives students the required foundation skills to launch their career in the manufacturing and engineering industries. Students can learn by making projects like wheel clamps and braziers! Through these projects they will learn about welding safety, the use of hand and power tools, welding theory and weld quality assurance, as well as sketching and reading drawings, making calculations and measurements, and the design and planning of metalwork projects. In the workshop, they will be hands-on in measuring, cutting, fabricating, and welding.

On successful completion, students will be well on their way to gaining a highly sought after apprenticeship. Apprenticeship options include Fitter and Turner, Engineer, Structural Fabricator, Sheet Metal Worker, and Welder.

*This programme may be partially funded as it falls under the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.

Upcoming Intakes

30 Jan 2023


Domestic Fees

International Fees *

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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Introduction to health and safety

  • Safe work practices on an engineering worksite
  • Safety, health, risk assessment, and hazard ID and control on an engineering worksite
  • Workplace health and safety culture and practices

Health and safety in an engineering environment.

  • Job safety analysis
  • Health and safety risk assessment to a job role
  • Safe use of powered equipment in a mechanical engineering or fabrication workshop

Engineering tools, measurement, and mark out.

  • Selection, use, and care of engineering hand tools
  • Selection, use, and care for engineering dimensional measuring equipment
  • Selection, use, and care for engineering marking out equipment

Safe handling practices and engineering materials.

  • Safe manual handling practices in the workplace
  • Common engineering materials
  • The strength, mechanical properties, and treatment of engineering metals

Fits, limits, and tolerances.

  • International tolerancing in engineering
  • Fits, limits, and tolerances in engineering
  • Health and safety when welding and thermal cutting

Calculations and job planning in engineering.

  • Trade calculations to solve problems for mechanical engineering trades
  • Basic trade calculations and units of measure for mechanical engineering trades
  • Engineering job planning and costing

Engineering machinery processes, procedures, and sketching.

  • Fabrication machinery, materials, and processes
  • Efficient and effective processes and workplace procedures in mechanical engineering or fabrication
  • Third angle orthographic drawings of simple engineering objects incorporating plane geometric shapes

Engineering communication.

  • Contributing to a team or group which has an objective
  • Workplace performance feedback
  • Oral instructions in the workplace
  • Workplace communication in mechanical engineering trades

Working with steel

  • Gouge steel using the air carbon arc gouging process
  • Weld steel structures in the downhand positions using the manual metal arc welding process
  • Weld steel to a general-purpose industry standard using the gas metal arc welding process
  • Join steel using the oxyacetylene welding process
  • Welding low carbon steel
  • Metal cutting and gouging processes

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

  • For students aged 16+

International Students:

  • International students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.0 with no band lower than 5.0, or a recognised equivalent test.
  • International students must complete the documentation on the International Students page

Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineer - Mataaro Pūkaha

Mechanical engineers design and give advice on the building and repair of machines and tools. They also investigate problems and faults with machinery, and study ways to improve manufacturing and energy production.

Fabrication Engineer Mataaro Piharoa

Fabrication engineers make, install and repair metal products such as vents, handrails, boilers, aircraft and boat parts, or beams and girders for construction projects.

Engineering Machinist - Kaiwhakamahi Pūrere

Engineering machinists use machines to cut and shape precision parts and equipment. They create, install, maintain and repair metal products, including machinery and equipment in factories.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our courses have been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and, as such, all New Zealand students that enrol in a programme of study can apply to StudyLink.

We can provide free transport/travel allowance for students aged 16-19 at our North Island Campuses.

For students who live close to campus we can provide travel allowance to cover the cost of public transport.

For students who live far from campus we have free pick up and drop off each day.

Contact us for more information on which option you would be eligible for as some conditions do apply.


This is a full-time course that runs Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 3:30pm.

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