Course Overview

If you're tech savvy, love working with vehicles and have a particular interest in electronics, this course will set you up for a rewarding career in the automotive industry.

As vehicles become more hi-tech the industry is desperate for fully qualified electrical engineers who have a passion for diagnosing electrical faults and fixing them. With this qualification you'll be able to work on a range of light and heavy vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, diggers and forklifts.

You'll learn how to inspect, troubleshoot and repair transmission and the full range of electric and electronic componentry, including sensors, actuators, control units, wiring and communication networks, lighting systems and accessories, communication devices and software.

To do this course, you find a full-time apprenticeship with an employer, where you get plenty of hands-on workshop experience working on client vehicles. Toi Ohomai manages your apprenticeship and provides ongoing mentoring and support throughout your training. In your own time, you complete online assignments that get you to describe and demonstrate your practical learning.

As a Toi Ohomai student you still have access to all our campus facilities. Most importantly, our qualified tutors visit you regularly to assist with your learning and keep in touch with your employer.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)
Locations Wider BOP/Other
Next intake Aug 2024 View more details
Study options

3 years part-time

This course is only open to students who are working at an automotive engineering workplace and who are starting an apprenticeship.
Total credits 210
Indicative Fees Fees vary from $374-$496 per course for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Automotive electrical engineer
  • Positions involving diagnosing and repairing automotive electrical and electronic faults

Topics you'll cover

  • Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Braking and Electronic Control
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Starting, Charging and Batteries
  • Fuel and Emission Systems
  • Body Control Electronics and System Software
  • Safety Systems
  • High Voltage Systems
  • Drive Train
  • Hydraulics
  • Electrical Systems
  • Electrical Accessory Systems
  • Communication Systems

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * Fees vary from $374-$496 per course for domestic students

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

You must:

  • hold a Level 3 qualification in Automotive Engineering, or have evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge, AND
  • be employed in an automotive engineering workplace, which is operating at a commercially acceptable industry standard.

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at Level 4, domestic students will normally be required to have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic and any other programme requirements.

Other Considerations

Your employer will need to sign a training agreement with you and Toi Ohomai.

English language requirements

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Wider BOP/Other --- 10 Jun 2024 Apply now
Wider BOP/Other --- 26 Aug 2024 Apply now
Wider BOP/Other --- 14 Oct 2024 Apply now
Wider BOP/Other --- 2 Dec 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 3 years part-time
  • This course is only open to students who are working at an automotive engineering workplace and who are starting an apprenticeship.

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Further Study Options

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 5) (under development and/or pending approval)