Course Overview

You’ll get plenty of hands-on practice during this practical automotive course. Starting with the basics, you’ll develop a full range of skills to service and repair all makes and models.

We’ll show you how to disassemble, measure and reassemble an engine. You’ll also service engine transmission and driveline systems, and brake, steering and suspension systems.

From there you’ll learn how to check and perform minor repairs on electrical systems, electronic control systems, and learn about high voltage safety and climate control systems.

You’ll also learn how to weld and carry out valuable engineering tasks. There’s plenty of project-based training, supported by highly skilled and qualified tutors who know how to create confident, capable automotive engineers.

If you’re interested in the managed apprenticeship option, you’ll benefit from our full support for both you and your employer while you train at level 3, through to level 4, and on to being fully qualified. You’ll come out with well-developed diagnosis and repair skills as well as customer service and workshop management skills.

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)
Locations Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, Tokoroa, Whakatāne
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,536 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for employment in entry level positions in the automotive industry.

Topics you'll cover

You'll cover all the fundamental principles of automotive engineering, with integrated and project based training supported by highly skilled and qualified teachers.

  • Automotive Workshop Safety
  • Basic Workshop Engineering Tasks, Tools and Equipment
  • Engines
  • Engine Systems
  • Driveline Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic
  • Starting and Charging Systems
  • Electronic Controls, High Voltage Systems and HVAC
  • Brake Systems
  • Steering and Suspension Systems

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,536 for domestic students
Course related costs

Approximately $600 for safety footwear, apparel and google chromebook.

This course is eligible for Youth Guarantee funding.

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

You must:

  • have 10 credits in each of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy at NCEA Level 1, OR
  • be able to demonstrate suitable knowledge and skills.

A Class 1 full drivers licence is recommended, however a Restricted or Learners Licence is acceptable. In circumstances where all other entry criteria are met, applicants without a licence will be considered. Students without a licence will be advised to obtain one during the course.

Special Admission

If you do not meet the academic requirements you may be given special admission if Toi Ohomai staff are satisfied you are capable of successfully completing the requirements.

Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.

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 levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 15 Jul 2024 Apply now
Taupō Taupō Campus 15 Jul 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 15 Jul 2024 Apply now
Whakatāne Whakatāne Campus 29 Jul 2024 Apply now
Taupō Taupō Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Tokoroa Tokoroa Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Whakatāne Whakatāne Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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