New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering (Level 4) (Road Transport) or (Plant and Equipment)

Continue developing your career in the automotive industry by learning how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair faults that are commonly encountered on heavy vehicles. This programme is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace.

About the programme 

This qualification is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace. 

During this programme, you'll gain the industry-specific skills you need to work in a wide range of roles in the motor industry. You will learn how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair faults that are commonly encountered on heavy vehicles. You will complete either the Road Transport or Plant and Equipment strand. 

You'll graduate as a Qualified Automotive Technician and would be well placed to pursue senior positions in a heavy automotive workshop.

Road Transport courses

Course name (you will need to complete all of these courses) Credits
Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety
  • Monitor the workplace to ensure safety practices are consistently applied 
  • Participate in the implementation of workplace effectiveness strategies 
  • Identify and respond to issues to maintain a safe and effective workplace
15 

Multi-Cylinder Diesel Engines

  • Service and repair 4 stroke multi-cylinder diesel engines 
  • Test and tune a 4 stroke multi-cylinder diesel engine 
  • Service and repair heavy vehicle cooling systems 
20

Diesel Engine Intake and Exhaust Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • intake and intercooler systems 
    • exhaust and turbocharging systems 
    • exhaust and engine brakes 
  • Apply high risk precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of intake and exhaust systems
15 

Diesel Fuel Injection Systems

  • Service and repair
    • common rail or unit injection systems 
    • pre-heating systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of fuel systems 
15 

Diesel Engine Emission Control Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • exhaust gas recirculation systems 
    • diesel exhaust selective catalyst reduction systems 
    • diesel exhaust particulate filtration systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of emission systems 
15 

CoF Inspections and Vehicle Recovery 

  • Complete service and repairs to meet the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) inspection standards
  • Recover heavy vehicle on road vehicles by flat towing or lifting 
 10

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Clutches and Transmissions

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle on-road drivelines 
    • heavy vehicle on-road final drives 
    • heavy vehicle on-road axle hub assemblies 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of driveline systems
 15

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Drivelines and Final Drive Assemblies

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle on-road drivelines 
    • heavy vehicle on-road final drives 
    • heavy vehicle on-road axle hub assemblies 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of driveline systems 
 15

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Suspension and Chassis Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle on-road suspension systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road chassis systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road 5th wheel and rigid drawbar towing systems
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of suspension and chassis systems 
 15

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Steering Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle on-road single and multi-axle steering systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road wheels and tyres
    • heavy vehicle on-road hydraulic systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of steering systems 
 15

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Starting, Charging and Lighting Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle starting systems 
    • heavy vehicle charging systems 
    • heavy vehicle lighting systems
 15

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Foundation Brake Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle on-road pneumatic over hydraulic brake systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road hydraulic brake systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of foundation braking systems
 15

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Pneumatic Brake Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle on-road pneumatic truck braking systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road pneumatic trailer braking systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of pneumatic braking systems 
 15

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Electronic Brake and Stability Control Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle on-road electronics brake control systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road electronically-controlled stability control systems 
 15

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Cab and Body Control Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle on-road cab safety systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road cab comfort systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road cab driver control systems 
    • heavy vehicle on-road body control systems 
15 

Heavy Vehicle On-Road Telematics and Hybrid Systems

  • Describe the process to diagnose and repair heavy vehicle on-road telematic systems and high voltage systems
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of high voltage systems
 15

Plant and Equipment courses

Course name (you will need to complete all of these courses) Credits

Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety

  • Monitor the workplace to ensure safety practices are consistently applied 
  • Participate in the implementation of workplace effectiveness strategies 
  • Identify and respond to issues to maintain a safe and effective workplace
15 

Multi-Cylinder Diesel Engines

  • Service and repair 4 stroke multi-cylinder diesel engines 
  • Test and tune a 4 stroke multi-cylinder diesel engine 
  • Service and repair heavy vehicle cooling systems 
20

Diesel Engine Intake and Exhaust Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • intake and intercooler systems 
    • exhaust and turbocharging systems 
    • exhaust and engine brakes 
  • Apply high risk precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of intake and exhaust systems
 15

Diesel Fuel Injection Systems

  • Service and repair
    • common rail or unit injection systems 
    • pre-heating systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of fuel systems
 15

Diesel Engine Emission Control Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • exhaust gas recirculation systems 
    • diesel exhaust selective catalyst reduction systems 
    • diesel exhaust particulate filtration systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of emission systems 
15 

Plant and Equipment Safety Inspections and Vehicle Recovery

  • Complete service and repairs to meet safety inspection standards
  • Demonstrate knowledge of plant and equipment machinery by flat towing or lifting
 10

Plant and Equipment Clutches and Transmissions

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle plant and equipment clutches 
    • heavy vehicle plant and equipment transmissions 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of clutch and transmission systems 
15 

Plant and Equipment Drivelines and Final Drive Assemblies

  • Service and repair 
    • heavy vehicle plant and equipment mechanical drivelines 
    • heavy vehicle plant and equipment mechanical final drives 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of driveline systems 
 15

Plant and Equipment Hydraulic Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • hydraulic pump systems on heavy vehicle plant and equipment 
    • hydraulic control and delivery systems on heavy vehicle plant and equipment 
    • hydraulic actuator and drive systems on heavy vehicle plant and equipment 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of suspension and chassis systems
 20

Plant and Equipment Suspension, Chassis and Track Drive Undercarriage Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • plant and equipment suspension and chassis systems 
    • plant and equipment track drive undercarriage systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of suspension and chassis systems 
 15

Plant and Equipment Steering Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • plant and equipment single and/or multi-axle steering systems 
    • plant and equipment on tracks and tyres 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of steering systems 
 15

Plant and Equipment Starting, Charging and Lighting Systems 

  • Service and repair 
    • plant and equipment starting systems 
    • plant and equipment charging systems 
    • plant and equipment lighting systems 
 15

Plant and Equipment Brake Systems

  • Service and repair 
    • plant and equipment pneumatic brake systems 
    • plant and equipment hydraulic brake systems 
  • Apply precautionary measures to servicing and repairs of foundation braking systems
 15

Plant and Equipment Attached Equipment 

  • Service and repair plant and equipment attached, equipment couplings and controls 
  • Apply precautionary measures to fitment and removal of attached/auxillary equipment for service or repair
 15

Plant and Equipment Machine Electronic Control Systems and Electronic Safety Systems

  • Service and repair
    • plant and equipment safety and operator protection systems 
    • plant and equipment cab comfort systems 
    • plant and equipment electronic control systems for machine operation
 15

Plant and Equipment Onboard Network Systems, Telematics and Autonomous Machine Operation

  • Demonstrate knowledge of onboard network systems 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of automated machine, telematics and autonomous machine operation
15 

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