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Level 3 - Mechanical Engineering Waikato Trades Academy

Mechanical engineering applies some of the basic principles of engineering, physics, and materials science for the design, analysis, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that includes the design, production and operation of machinery; including hand tools and portable power tools, measuring and dimensional measuring devices, engineering marking-out equipment, various steel cutting and welding procedures, assembly, CAD design software and most importantly, safe work practices and procedures.

This take-home project based course will introduce you to the exciting  world of engineering and will provide you with the ability to look into an engineering apprenticeship, or start higher level of mechanical engineering qualification at Wintec.


Upon successful completion of the programme students should be ready to take on an apprenticeship or continue into further study at Wintec.

Please see for a comprehensive list of vocational opportunities in this Pathway.

Vocational Pathway: Manufacturing and Technology

NCEA Level:  2/3

Number of Credits:  32           

Programme Structure: 1 day per week (8:30am - 3:00pm) during the school term.

Duration of Programme: 32 days

Location: Wintec Rotokauri Campus, 51 Akoranga Road Hamilton

Entry Criteria: To enter year two you will need to have completed 80% of the available credits in year one, and 100% of the available credits relating to your chosen year two module.   ALL Students must either have, or be enrolled in Level 2 Math or are completing the equivalent unit standard at school to be eligible.  ​Candidates who do not meet this may be accepted at the discretion of the WTA.

Further Details:

You must enrol through your school. See your Careers Advisor.

Unit StandardTitleCreditLevelVersion
2401Safely shut down and isolate machines and equipment338
2433Produce simple engineering component drawings using CAD (Computer Aided Design) software627​​
2683Cut metals using manual thermal processes436
21912Apply safe working practices on an engineering worksite222
25783Demonstrate knowledge of metal cutting and gouging processes231
21907Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe welding procedures under supervision322
20917Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering metals223
 20799Demonstrate knowledge of common engineering metals433
22906Demonstrate and apply knowledge of welding low carbon steel332
22907Demonstrate and apply knowledge of welding aluminium and stainless steel332
​ Total NZQA Credits32