Certificate in Automotive Technology

Specialise in light vehicle, electrical and electronics or diesel and heavy vehicle. Learn in our workshops. Your second year is completed while you're working in the industry so you’ll attend night classes and block courses.

What you will learn

  • Inspect vehicles for mechanical, electrical and electronic faults
  • Diagnose and fix faults
  • Gain work experience - Year 3 students must be employed in their relevant automotive industry strand
  • Light vehicle strand - see more details
  • Electrical and electronics strand - see more details
  • Heavy vehicle strand - see more details
Manufacturing & TechnologyManufacturing
& Technology

Programme structure

Choose from one of the following strands.

Light vehicle

Develop your diagnostic skills working in our specialist autotronics lab. Undertake repairs on our fleet of vehicles. Learn about engine systems, engine management and electrical and electronic components.

Incorporates the following qualifications:

  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) (Level 2)
  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) and (Level 4)

Electrical and electronics

Gain core skills in a wide range of electrical and electronic systems. How to use diagnostic equipment to locate electrical and electronic faults. Repair and replace automotive electrical and engine management systems. Learn in our purpose-built workshops.

Incorporates the following qualifications:

  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) (Level 2)
  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 3) and (Level 4)

Heavy vehicle

Gain expertise on a wide range of heavy vehicles including trucks, buses, earth-moving equipment and agricultural equipment. Learn how to service heavy automotive equipment, diagnose vehicle faults, dismantle and adjust engines and repair and replace faulty parts and electronics.

Incorporates the following qualifications:

  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) (Level 2)
  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) (Level 3) and (Level 4)

Please note the duration of this programme is one year full-time and one year part-time. You are required to undertake a work experience component in the first year of this programme. You must be in full-time employment for the final year. 

I thought I knew a lot about cars, but my knowledge has expanded far more than I could have anticipated which has been awesome.
Michael
Michael , Automotive Technology Student

Career options

  • Automotive Technician
  • Mechanic

Entry criteria

Under 20

Entry into Automotive Technology (Level 4) Year 2, is based on the successful completion of the Year 1 programme.

There are multiple intakes for this programme from January to July 2017 (Level 3). All Year 2 programmes start in March. Contact our Student Advisors for more details. 

20+

If you’re 20 years or over, contact us to see if you qualify for special admissions on our programmes.

What it will cost

Local

  • Fee: $6,968

    Fees are payable annually. For part-time fees, contact a Student Advisor. 

  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details

International

This programme is not available to international students.

Where will my course be?

The Petone campus is at 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone.

Read more about our Petone campus.

Ready to enrol?

Local

Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.

International

Contact our international team to check the suitability of this course for international students.

Documents and other details


Offered by:
School of Engineering
Offered by:
Te Kāhui Pūkenga o ngā Pūkaha
Formal programme title:
Certificate in Automotive Technology (Level 4)
Programme code:
HV4420
I thought I knew a lot about cars, but my knowledge has expanded far more than I could have anticipated which has been awesome.
Michael
Michael , Automotive Technology Student