What will I learn?

  • Gain knowledge of motor systems and automotive operations. Learn about the functions of both petrol and diesel engines as well as ignition systems, manual transmissions and safe working practices in an automotive workshop.
  • Learners will be provided with relevant skills and work ready attributes to prepare them to enter a range of industries in entry level positions, or progress to further study.
  • New ways for learners to achieve NCEA Level 2 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment.

Course Content
Pre or Co Requisite - Numeracy/Literacy unit standards or alternative unit standards to meet literacy and numeracy requirements.

  • 26622 Write to communicate ideas for a purpose and audience
  • 26623 Use number to solve problems
  • 26624 Read texts with understanding
  • 26625 Actively participate in spoken interactions
  • 26626 Interpret statistical information for a purpose
  • 26627 Use measurement to solve problems

At least 60 credits selected from the unit standards below (Note: 20 credits must be from sector related unit standards and the remainder from recommended unit standards.)

  • 229 Identify the general locations and functions of motor vehicle systems and main components
  • 231 Demonstrate knowledge of the operation of two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines
  • 234 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive starting and charging systems and their operation
  • 235 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive ignition systems and their operation
  • 16113 Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in an automotive workshop
  • 21669 Demonstrate knowledge of hand tools and workshop equipment for motor industry applications
  • 21670 Demonstrate knowledge of general engineering tasks in the motor industry
  • 21671 Carry out general engineering tasks in the motor industry
  • 21674 Demonstrate knowledge of terminology used in the motor industry
  • 21677 Demonstrate knowledge of a diesel fuel system
  • 21680 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive lubricants and sealants
  • 21686 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive cooling systems
  • 21687 Demonstrate knowledge of basic tuning on a four stroke petrol engine
  • 21688 Demonstrate knowledge of disassembling and reassembling a four stroke multi-cylinder engine
  • 21707 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive electrical principles
  • 21716 Select and apply lubricants and sealants for automotive and related industry applications
  • 21720 Demonstrate knowledge of motorcycle, car, light and heavy commercial vehicle braking systems

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have developed the skills and knowledge to be employed under supervision in a range of entry level positions within the industry. Further study may include progression to Level 3 New Zealand Certificates.

Within the vocational pathway programme, learners will gain knowledge and understanding upon which to base their career development decisions, whether this be gaining employment experience, tertiary study at higher levels, trade qualifications, or any combination of these.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the Vocational Pathway programmes and receive the relevant Vocational Pathway NCEA level 2 and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve: -

A minimum of 80 credits in accordance with the relevant Programme Schedule for the Vocational Pathway programmes.

The student will normally be expected to complete the Vocational Pathway programmes full-time over 25 weeks.

Study options

Full Time (26 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ$14,000.00 (US$ 9,924) per year
Resource fee: NZ $2,000. This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year
Start date

28 February 2022


Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

133 Tay Street,


Invercargill Central,

9840, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • 16 years or over at the time of commencing study or 15 years with a school leaving certificate
  • Proficient in the English language (both written and spoken)
  • Should not hold NCEA Level 2 or similar qualifications

Enrolment may be subject to an interview process.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.