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Automotive Engineering 3

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)


Course details


Students in this programme will gain valuable hands-on experience working on the mechanical and electrical systems of a range of vehicles.

Students will spend four days a week on campus participating in various projects and are encouraged to find industry work experience to practise the skills learnt in class.

Using the latest technology and equipment, students will learn testing and diagnostic procedures, study fuel injected motors and work on late-model vehicles, trucks and test equipment.  

This programme will teach students skills in the following areas of the motor industry:  

  • Automotive engineering (mechanic)  
  • Electrical engineering (auto electrical)  
  • Automotive heavy engineering (trucks and heavy machinery)  
  • Engine reconditioning 

Please note: Fee-free scholarships are available for domestic students in 2020 only (excludes Industry Training Organisation students). These scholarships apply to the following programmes: Mechanical Engineering Level 3, Electrical Engineering Level 3, Automotive Engineering Level 3, Construction Trade Skills Level 3; and Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-Apprenticeship) Level 3.

What you'll study

Students study will involve five compulsory modules.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
AUTO301Automotive Engineering Health and Safety310
AUTO302Workshop Tools and Engineering315  
AUTO303Engine and Driveline Systems330  
AUTO304Electrical and Electronic Systems340
AUTO305Steering, Suspension and Brake Fundamentals325  

Career/further opportunities:

Graduates may be employed in entry level positions or an apprenticeship within the light or heavy automotive trade sectors or enter a pathway into higher relevant training.

Entry criteria

There is open entry to this programme although students must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

Selection criteria
Candidates may be required to participate in an interview process.

To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must by physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

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Wintec Trades pathway

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Students starting February 2020

Date: Monday 10 February 2020
Time:  8am-4pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

Students starting July 2020

Date: Monday 27 July 2020
Time:  8am-4pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

As part of the Centre for Trades Safety Guidelines, you will be required at all times while in the workshop to wear:

  • NZ Approved Safety Steel Cap Footwear
  • Full covered overalls (cotton)

Please bring these with you on your induction day (first day), as you will be unable to enter the workshop without them.

NZ approved Safety Glass will also be required to be worn at all times and these will be provided to you on your first morning.

We recommend you purchase a laptop or tablet.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information

Please bring with you on the 10th February:
Pens, pencils, lined refill
Steel capped footwear


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

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