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Mechanical Engineering Level 5

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Advanced) (Level 5)


Course details

  • Rolling enrolments
  • Part-time
  • $4,291*
  • Level 5
  • Online delivery


The programme is ideal for people wanting to become advanced tradespeople in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries.

The programme is designed for people who have already completed a mechanical engineering related Level 4 trade qualification and wish to further develop their technical and/or operational knowledge and skills within their chosen discipline.


Schedule of Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
MECH501​Health and Safety Legislation510N/A
MECH502​Workplace Operations and Technical Skills540N/A
MECH503​Quality Management Systems510N/A
MECH504​Application of New Technologies55N/A
MECH505​Training and Mentoring for Success55N/A
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Career/further opportunities:

Graduates of this programme will be able to work independently as advanced tradespeople in their chosen discipline in the mechanical engineering, fabrication, construction, manufacturing, mechanical building services, or refrigeration and air conditioning industries.

Specific roles may include: Senior Tradesperson, Specialist Engineer, Process Champion, Maintenance Engineering Supervisor, Predictive Maintenance Specialist, Leading Hand, Team Leader, Workshop Supervisor, Steel Construction Foreman, Site Supervisor/Manager, Technical Advisor, and Welding Supervisor.

Graduates intending to become Certified Engineering Technicians should complete the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (with strands in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 6).


Entry criteria

General Academic Admission

Candidates are required to have gained one of the following qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Fitting and Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, Metal Forming, and Toolmaking; or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication, and Steel Construction; or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4); or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade) (Level 4); or
  • Another recognised New Zealand Level 4 engineering-related qualification; or
  • Equivalent skills and knowledge.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates must be in employment and be working in a mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing or fabrication environment with access to relevant equipment, systems and processes.
  • Candidates may be required to participate in an interview process.
  • To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must by physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

English Language Requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

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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

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What you will need

Timetable information

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Parking and bus information

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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.

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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

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