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Automotive Engineering 3

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)


Course details

  • Feb 2022
    Jul 2022
  • One year
  • Full-time
  • Fees-free in 2021*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy or MPTT
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


Be guided in this year-long, fee-free course by our industry-expert tutors. They will support you to gain valuable hands-on experience, and background knowledge, working on the mechanical and electrical systems of a range of vehicles. In the future, you may progress to work on repairing cars or large/heavy vehicles. Or you may specialise in areas such as air conditioning, sound systems, or electric windows and brakes.

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

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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 July 2021

Whānau evening

Date: Wednesday 21 July 2021 
Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

Join us for a whānau evening where you can meet your tutors and prepare for your first induction day. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have and we encourage you to bring your whānau along with you. Pizza will be provided.

Induction day

Date: Monday 26 July 2021
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 Wintec timetables are available online here.

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.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

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

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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    Health status



    Clinical placement

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