Are cars your passion? Then take the next step to turn your dream career into reality.
Begin a full-time apprenticeship where you'll gain the skills and knowledge you need to become fully qualified as an automotive engineer.
Technology may be changing but skilled automotive engineers who are tech-savvy and know their way around a vehicle, will continue to be in demand.
Learn how to diagnose car problems, service and repair, and get up to speed with the latest automotive technologies and new generation hi-tech, hi-spec vehicles. You could also be working on a range of other light automotive vehicles, such as motorbikes, boats and campervans.
You'll get plenty of hands-on workshop experience working on client vehicles. In your own time, you complete online assignments that get you to describe and demonstrate your practical learning.
You'll also still have access to all our campus facilities. Most importantly, our qualified tutors visit you regularly and continue to provide ongoing mentoring and support throughout your apprenticeship.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)
|Next intake||Feb 2022 View more details|
2 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Part-time study available
|Indicative Fees||No tuition fees (TTAF funded) for domestic students View full fees information|
|Eligibility||View entry criteria|
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- Light automotive engineer
- Positions that involve service and repair of light vehicles in a range of workplaces
Topics you'll cover
- Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety
- High Risk Automotive Systems Safety
- Engine Systems
- Fuel and Emission Systems
- Driveline Systems
- Transmission Systems
- Climate Control
- Vehicle Safety Systems
- Body Control Systems
- Wiring Systems
- Braking Systems
- Suspension Systems
- Steering Systems
- Wheels and Tyres
|Indicative Fees *||No tuition fees (TTAF funded) for domestic students|
|Course related costs||
Approximately $1000 to purchase uniform, safety boots, a minimum specification tool kit and a google chromebook.
Take advantage of our early bird fees for your 2022 study. Enrol by 3 December 2021 and you’ll pay the 2021 tuition fees. Conditions apply.*
Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
This course qualifies for free tuition fees under TTAF. (Course materials and equipment not included). There's no need to do anything extra - simply apply for the course and we'll take it from there.
There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for 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.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
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
- hold a Level 3 qualification in Automotive Engineering, OR
- have evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge.
During the Managed Apprenticeship period of your study you must be employed in a light automotive engineering workshop, which is operating at a commercially acceptable industry standard and you and your employer will need to sign a training agreement with Toi Ohomai.
It is recommended that you gain a current first aid certificate before the course starts, and a Class 1 licence before the end of the course.
You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. 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.
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
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||14 Feb 2022|
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||28 Mar 2022|
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||16 May 2022|
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||11 Jul 2022|
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||29 Aug 2022|
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||17 Oct 2022|
- 2 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
- Part-time study available
Further Study Options
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 5) (under development and/or pending approval)