mechanical trades student working on machinery

Mechanical Engineering Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)


Course details

  • Jul 2020
    Feb 2021
  • One year
  • Full-time
  • FREE under TTAF (usually $7,356)
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free or MPTT
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


Learn the foundations of mechanical trades, and how to safely use steel or plastics to create and maintain equipment across a diverse range of industries. In this year-long, fees-free introductory course, our industry-expert tutors will guide you along the way. Our graduates work across a range of exciting industries within manufacturing, aviation, energy, boating, and many more.

​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

The course is designed to give you foundational knowledge, skills, and confidence. The next step if you are looking to become a fully-qualified tradesperson, is to complete an apprenticeship. Long term, after the completion of your apprenticeship, there are further opportunities to study at a higher level, such as the Mechanical Engineering Level 5, which is for advanced tradespeople looking at more specific roles. There are many different job opportunities for you to pursue in many industries, such as manufacturing, aviation, construction, and energy.


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 July 2020

Whānau evening:

Date: Wednesday 22 July 2020
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 you whānau along with you. Pizza will be provided.

Induction day:

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.
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.
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.

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

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. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

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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