New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

  • Study for free

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  • Locations and dates


    21 February 2022
  • Length

    40 weeks (34 weeks teaching, 6 weeks study break)

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $7,157 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies.
    ($2 per academic credit)

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

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Free programme.

Jump-start your career as an apprentice fitter and turner, welder / fabricator, tool maker / machinist or refrigeration engineer through this certificate.


This programme is eligible for fees-free funding under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Find full details about the fund here.(external link) 

Or if you are aged 16-19-years-old you may be eligible through either the Youth GuaranteeOur staff will automatically review each application to ensure the appropriate fees-free funding is applied, student levy will be included.


The subjects studied on this programme are the equivalent to the first year of an apprenticeship and give you a head start in your mechanical engineering career. It is a recognised entry for students to take up apprenticeships in the mechanical engineering trades and involves practical and theoretical training.

You will gain general knowledge with engineering tools, machinery and equipment, as well as worksite processes and principles. You will also gain skills and knowledge in health and safety, numeracy, communication and teamwork.

You will gain practical skills through hands-on learning. The theory is all linked to your practical learning.

You will also learn through project-based tasks to solve problems so you can progress naturally using your own learning style.

You will learn in the workshop, the classroom and at work placements as well as be involved in field trips.

For the workplace learning part of the programme, you will need to find a suitable employer. Tutors can support you in identifying and organising the placement.








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