New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

If you're keen to complete a pre-trade qualification in the mechanical engineering, construction, mechanical building services, manufacturing, or fabrication industries, this course is perfect for you.

You'll work hands-on with supportive, experienced tutors to develop a defined range of engineering tasks and knowledge to assist you in operator or trade assistant roles.

Content Details

During the course you'll learn how to:

  • Work safely, applying an understanding of relevant Health and Safety requirements and safety culture, when carrying out engineering tasks
  • Apply basic trade related numeracy, literacy, and visualisation skills to perform engineering tasks
  • Perform a defined range of engineering tasks according to instructions using relevant materials, tools, and equipment
  • Set up and carry out a single process engineering job according to instructions
  • Apply an understanding of effective and efficient processes and principles to the engineering jobs being undertaken
  • Take responsibility for the appropriate quality of own engineering work and make corrections as required
  • Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Tokoroa
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $6,610.00

2018 international students $19,952.00

2018 course related costs approx. $770.00 including overalls, welding safety kit and toolkit

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 successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work (under limited supervision) in an operator or trade assistant role in their area of specialisation, in the mechanical engineering, construction, mechanical building services, manufacturing, or fabrication industries.

Roles may include: CNC machine operator, mould and core maker, furnace operator, machine operator, specialist production welder, metal worker/fabricator, ducting fabricator, pipe fitter/welder, metal polisher and pattern maker trade assistant.

Study Pathways

This qualification can lead to, but is not a pre-requisite for, the following qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Fitting and Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, Metal Forming, and Toolmaking
  • New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication, and Steel Construction
  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4)

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this course, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • 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


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 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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.