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Electrical Engineering Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)


Course details


This programme will give students a good foundation of hands-on skills and knowledge of the electrical industry and electrical theory.

On completion of this programme students will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to move into an apprenticeship within the electrical trade sector or pathway into higher relevant training.

** Fee Free scholarships are available for domestic students in 2019 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

View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
ELEC301​Electrical Work Practices314  
ELEC302Direct Current (DC) Fundamentals315  
ELEC303Electrical Installations315  
ELEC304​Electrical Applications315  
ELEC305Alternating Current (AC) Fundamentals315  
ELEC306​Electricity Supply and Distribution315  
ELEC307Circuit Design and Operation315  
ELEC308Electrical Machines315  
ELEC309​Electrical Theory and Practice31ELEC301-
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Career/further opportunities:

Graduates may be employed in entry level positions or an apprenticeship within the electrical trade sector, or enter a pathway into higher relevant training.

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have gained:

The New Zealand Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1 with a minimum of 80 credits at Level 1 or above, including:
i) 10 credits in Numeracy; and
ii) 10 credits in Literacy; and
iii) Any number of credits in General Science; or 

b) Equivalent qualification.

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Academic Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special Admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the General Academic Admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for Provisional Entry at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional Entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant's performance is deemed satisfactory by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection criteria

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview process.

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.

As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students will be required to submit to an initial drug screen, and may be required to submit to further drug screening if there is reasonable cause to suspect a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04)

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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.

Year one students starting Semester 2

Your first day will be:

Date: Monday 29th July
Time:  8am to 4pm
Venue: G Block - Student Street - Rotokauri Campus

Whānau night
Bring your family and come along to whānau night where you'll get to meet the trades team, find out about what support is on offer while you're studying, and get answers to all your questions. Pizza included ...

When: Wednesday 24 July. 5-6pm
Where: G block, Rotokauri Campus
It is not compulsory to attend whānau night.

What you will need

Please bring with you on the day:
• 1 REFILL Block
• Impact Clear Book A4 20 leaf
• Pens - red, blue or black
• Eraser
• Pencil - HB, H grade pencils for technical drawing
Would be useful to have your own but not necessary :

• Smartphone or digital device for recording eportfolio evidence
• Pencil sharpener
• 30cm ruler
• Protractor
• Glue stick
• Small scissors

Laptop for personal research

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. 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


Required Texts
1 SET of textbooks (can be purchased here)
Electrical Principles 7th Edition
Electrical Wiring Practice 7th Edition


Optional Texts
• AS/NZS 3000:2007 + Amendment 1 & 2
• Electrical Safety Regulations 2011 (Print Oct 2014)
• Electricity Act 1992 (Print Jan 2014)
• AS/NZS 3760-2010 amendment 1 & 2 (In-Service Testing of Appliances)

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

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