mechanical trades student working on machinery

Mechanical Engineering Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)


Course details


This one-year course provides useful foundation skills that will start your journey to become a mechanical tradesperson. Our students spend four-days-a-week on campus, participating in theory and project-based activities. The projects are designed to challenge and develop their skills with powered industrial equipment, technical drawing, measurement, and hand tools. We encourage students to find work experience on the fifth day of the week. Check our more detail below.

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. 

​View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
MECH302​Mechanical Engineering Health and Safety

MECH303​Mechanical Engineering Trade Skills

MECH304​Mechanical Engineering Measurement

MECH305​Mechanical Engineering Materials

MECH306​Tools and Equipment




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Career/further opportunities:

On completion of the course, students can move into what is typically a 3-year apprenticeship where they have the opportunity to become fully-qualified as a mechanical tradesperson. There are a large variety of specialisations and areas that they can choose to pursue following this.

There is also the opportunity for fully-qualified mechanical tradespeople to return and further their study at Wintec with a Level 5 mechanical engineering qualification. This enables students to further hone their skills and knowledge.

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.

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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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.

Year 1 students starting February 2020

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

Year 1 students starting July 2020

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

Please bring with you on your first day:
Pens, pencils & lined refill.
Steel capped footwear - you will not be allowed to enter the workshop without these.

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).
Laptop or tablet with keyboard

Please bring these with you on your 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.

You will require either a laptop or tablet with keyboard, as much of your learning material is found online.

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


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.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on the document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

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