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National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2)


  • Semester 1 starts 23 January 2017
  • Semester 2 starts 31 July 2017
  • Six months, full-time
  • Fee Guideline: For Māori and Pasifika Trades Training​ only
  • Modern Transport Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton

This programmes incorporates the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and National Certificate in Fabrication. At the end of six months successful study you will be ready to begin a career in the engineering and fabrication industries. You will be introduced to all aspects of the engineering and fabrication trades, learning fundamental knowledge and practical skills that are highly valued by potential employers.

Students will learn in a brand new, purpose built trades and engineering facility on the Rotokauri Campus. This facility will provide learning opportunities that even better reflects industry standards and uses the latest techniques and technologies. Read more about the new facility here. Our mode of learning is face-to-face with qualified, industry experience tutors in a workshop setting. If required one-on-one support is available.

Programme Content

Applying theoretical knowledge to practical tasks is critical to learning in this hands-on industry. To that end you will use the latest equipment and machinery ensuring you become both competent and confident in all unit standards. These include drawings, calculations, assembling mechanical components, machining, fabrication work, welding procedures, engineering hand tools, engineering portable power tools, simple measuring instruments, dimensional measuring devices, engineering marking-out equipment, safe work practices, emergency, first aid and resuscitation procedures. Study is broken into 30% theory, 70% practical.

Graduate Opportunities

Engineering and Manufacturing companies within the Waikato region are increasingly requesting the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and Fabrication as a pre-requisite to apprenticeship.

Students that successfully complete and gain this qualification have an above average chance of gaining an apprenticeship with these companies.

Entry Criteria

Open entry, although candidates must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

Preference will be given to students who have achieved 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics and / or Physics, or equivalent.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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

Download the full programme regulations:

Secondary School Students

Want to experience electrical engineering for a day? Come to Wintec and do a one day Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering Taster.
If you want to get your electrical engineering career underway while still at school the following courses at Wintec are available:

  • Light and Heavy Fabrication Welding Taster
  • Engineering CAD - Computer Aided Design Taster
  • Engineering (Fitting and Turning) Taster

Wintec also offer an Engineering Go Kart Unit Standard programme for 1 day per week over 20 weeks.You are introduced to mechanical engineering while producing your own electric go­kart. At the end of the course you are given the opportunity to test your go­kart in a time-trial.

Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor about any of the above options.

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