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New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Unitec Institute of Technology

New Zealand



Course info


This programme will give you the knowledge and practical skills to work as operators or trade assistants within these industries.

This programme is for you if you’re intending to complete a pre-trade qualification or if you’re already working in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries. This programme will prepare you for work, apprenticeship and/or further education in these industries. This programme is great if you’re a motivated independent learner wanting the foundational skills for operating machinery and using related software for welding and fabrication.

As a graduate of this programme you will have solid knowledge and the practical skills to be capable of performing a defined range of engineering tasks under limited supervision as well as the knowledge you need to be able to do the required assessments and calculations such as estimations, cost of goods, and time costing - future-proofing your career in mechanical engineering.

As a graduate you will be able to:

  • Apply basic trade-related numeracy, literacy, and visualisation skills to perform engineering tasks
  • Perform a range of engineering tasks and single process engineering jobs according to instructions using relevant materials, tools, and equipment
  • Understand and apply effective and efficient processes and principles
  • Take responsibility for the appropriate quality of your own engineering work and make corrections as required
  • Understand and apply relevant Health and Safety requirements when carrying out engineering tasks
  • Participate and communicate effectively within an engineering team


  • Learn and work in Mataaho, our purpose built building just for trades. This includes multiple workshop spaces, as well as the Giltrap Volkswagen sponsored lab with the latest emulation and simulation technologies
  • Use the latest tools and software including Fusion 360, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery such as plasma cutters, lathes, and milling machines
  • Great way to build essential foundational knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication
  • Hands-on with real-world project applications where you’ll use tools and create projects that you keep such as a rocket stove and remote controlled jockey wheel
  • Dynamic learning environment including lectures, tutorials, flipped classroom, work integrated learning, online learning, workshops and team work
  • Develop your portfolio showcasing your achievements and your work – this would look great on your CV

Qualification pathway

Graduates of this programme can go on to work in entry-level manufacturing, machining, and operation roles in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, and fabrication industries. International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post study work visa upon completion of this programme


  • Apprentice mechanical engineer
  • Apprentice welding, fabricator


February or July


Mt Albert

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$22,440.00 (11,87,686) per year




Unitec Institute of Technology

Mt Albert Campus,

139 Carrington Road,


Mt Albert,

1025, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

  • Entry requirements vary from country to country.
  • Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to NZ NCEA.
  • For more details, please check the institution website.

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 5.5 (no band<5.0) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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