Course Overview

Further your expertise in the world of automotive engineering with our apprentice focussed courses, specialising in Plant and Equipment.

This specialised strand will allow you to become a fully qualified automotive engineer, ensuring New Zealand’s heavy machinery is safe and functional.

Throughout your study you’ll learn how to perform safe and effective service and repairs of heavy off-road machinery and earth moving equipment. All while continuing to work in your place of employment. This course does require a full-time apprenticeship with an employer, where you get plenty of hands-on workshop experience working on heavy machinery.

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. 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 Heavy Automotive Engineering with strand in Plant and Equipment
Locations Wider BOP/Other
Next intake Jun 2024 View more details
Study options

4 years part-time

Total credits 240
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees Approx. $364 per topic for domestic students View full fees information
Eligibility View entry criteria

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Career opportunities

  • Heavy automotive engineer 
  • Positions involving service and repair in a range of plant and equipment engineering workplaces

Topics you'll cover

  • Plant and Equipment Safety Inspections and Vehicle Recovery
  • Plant and Equipment Clutches and Transmission
  • Plant and Equipment Drivelines and Final Drive Assemblies
  • Plant and Equipment Hydraulic Systems
  • Plant and Equipment Suspension, Chassis and Track Drive Undercarriage Systems
  • Plant and Equipment Steering Systems
  • Plant and Equipment Starting, Charging and Lighting Systems
  • Plant and Equipment Brake Systems
  • Plant and Equipment Attached Equipment
  • Plant and Equipment Machine Electronic Control Systems and Electronic Safety Systems
  • Plant and Equipment Onboard Network Systems, Telematics and Autonomous Machine Operation

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * Approx. $364 per topic for domestic students

*Please note, fees for our 2024 intakes are yet to be confirmed. Once they are, we will update our website to reflect the new 2024 fee amount.

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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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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

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

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.

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

  • 4 years part-time

Important dates

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