New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering, strand in Road Transport (Level 4)

If you’ve always loved trucks and like the idea of fixing and servicing them, this is the course for you.

This Level 4 course teaches you the skills and knowledge you need to become fully qualified as an automotive engineer, specifically for heavy road transport vehicles.

Learn how to diagnose problems, service and repair, and get up to speed with the latest automotive technologies and new generation hi-tech, hi-spec vehicles.

To do this course, you will be employed in industry and in an apprenticeship, where you get plenty of hands-on workshop experience working on client vehicles.

Toi Ohomai manages your apprenticeship and provides ongoing mentoring and support throughout your training. In your own time, you complete online assessments, subnmitting evidence of practical work accompanied by descriptions showing that you understand the theory behind your practical learning.

As a Toi Ohomai student you still have access to all our campus facilities. Most importantly, our qualified tutors visit you regularly to assist with your learning and keep in touch with your employer.

Content Details

During the course you'll study:

  • Effective workplace maintenance and safety
  • CoF inspections and vehicle recovery
  • Multi cylinder diesel engines
  • Diesel engine intake and exhaust systems
  • Diesel fuel injection systems
  • Diesel engine emission control systems
  • Heavy vehicle on-road clutches and transmissions
  • Heavy vehicle on-road drivelines and final drive assemblies
  • Heavy vehicle on-road suspension and chassis systems
  • Heavy vehicle on-road steering systems
  • Heavy vehicle starting, charging and lighting systems
  • Heavy vehicle on-road foundation brake systems
  • Heavy vehicle on-road pneumatic brake systems
  • Heavy vehicle on-road electronic brake and stability control systems
  • Heavy vehicle on-road cab and body control systems
  • Heavy vehicle on-road telematics and high voltage systems


Planned intakes*: February, April, May, July, September, October
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: Four years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

You can enrol into a Toi Ohomai managed apprenticeship anywhere within our region from the Coromandel to Turangi and from Opotiki to the Waikato. Please enquire with us.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic fees $220.00 - $440.00 per paper (dependent on credit value of paper selected). Please enquire.

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successfully completing the course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering (Level 4), strand in Road Transport

Career Opportunities

  • Heavy Automotive Engineer

Entry Criteria

  • A Level 3 qualification in Automotive Engineering, or
  • Evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge
  • Be employed in an automotive engineering workshop - you (and your employer) will be required to enter into a training agreement with Toi Ohomai institute of Technology.

Other considerations:

  • All applicants will be required to participate in an information sharing session
  • A current workplace first aid certificate
  • A Class 4 licence


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.