Course Overview

Want to join the diverse and growing engineering industry but not sure which path to take? This comprehensive one-year course will give you a solid head start and teach you a variety of industry valued skills making you a valuable candidate when looking for an engineering apprenticeship.

This practical course includes core engineering, mechanical and fabrication skills.

You'll work hands-on with supportive, experienced tutors to develop skills that form the first year requirements of an engineering apprenticeship.

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga
Next intake Feb 2025 View more details
Study options

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

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,459 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Metalworker/Fabricator
  • Welder
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Toolmaker
  • Machinist
  • General Engineer
  • Engineering Trades Assistant

Topics you'll cover

  • Engineering Health and Safety
  • Engineering Calculations and Drawing
  • Mechanical Engineering Workshop Skills
  • Engineering Machining
  • Engineering Fabrication
  • Welding
  • Mechanical Engineering Processes and Quality
  • Mechanical Engineering Communication

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,459 for domestic students
Course related costs

2024 Course Related Cost amount to be confirmed

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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 NCEA Level 1 with 10 credits in Numeracy (algebra, trigonometry, measurement recommended) and 10 credits in Literacy, OR
  • be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills

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.

Other Considerations

When studying at Toi Ohomai you’re required to be free from the influence of drugs and alcohol. Some activities you will do on this course could present risk, and you will be trained to do these activities safely.

You may be required to undergo a drug test, and failure to pass this could require a re-test. Failure to pass a re-test could put your place on the course at risk.

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 10 Feb 2025 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 10 Feb 2025 Apply now

Study options

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

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Further Study Options

Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4)