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New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One year
  • Full-time
  • $8,027*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under 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 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
MECH3028 ​Engineering Health and Safety

MECH3029 ​Engineering Calculations and Drawings

MECH3030 ​Mechanical Engineering Workshop Skills3

MECH3031 ​Engineering Machining3
MECH3032 ​Engineering Fabrication3
MECH3033 ​Welding
MECH3034 ​Mechanical Engineering Processes and Quality

​ MECH3046​Mechanical Engineering Communication

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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

Academic entry 
  • NCEA Level 1 with 10 credits in Numeracy (algebra, trigonometry, measurement recommended) and 10 credits in Literacy, or
  • Be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.

English language requirement

Applicants who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS)General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.


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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To check what you need to gain direct 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.

Semester 2 2024

Whānau evening:
Date: Wednesday 17 July 2024
Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

Induction day:
Date: Monday 22 July 2024
Time: 8am-4pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus</

What you will need

  • Pens, pencils, and lined refill.
  • Laptop or tablet with a keyboard.

As part of the Centre for Trades safety guidelines, in the workshop, you will be required at all times to wear:

  • New Zealand approved safety steel cap footwear.
  • New Zealand approved safety glasses – these will be provided to you on your first morning.
  • Full covered overalls; one-piece, cotton style( two-piece or bib styles are not appropriate).

Please bring these items with you, 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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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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    Clinical placement

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