OSTC Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Are you at high school and are interested in a career in the automotive industry?

About this course

This course is designed for people who are beginning a career in the industry. You will gain the generic and industry specific skills you need to work in a range of roles in the automotive industry. Upon successful completion, you will graduate as a work-ready, highly competent individual who will be able to hit the ground running from day one. 

This course continues on from the OSTC  Automotive level 2 course.  You will need to have completed it to apply for this course.  Exceptions to will only be made for students with extensive experience of the automotive industry, and with the permission of the course tutor.  

More information about OSTC

You will work in the Automotive workshop repairing and servicing cars. 

The things you will learn about, and repair include:

  • electrical components of a car
  • car wiring
  • brakes
  • car tyres of various types
  • car lighting

You learn various welding techniques, including gas, MIG and arc welding. You will also service cars and carry out many of the common operations of a commercial garage.   

What could I do next?

You could apply for an Automotive Engineering Apprenticeship or other Level 3 Engineering programme.  

Where could this take me?

  • Automotive Engineer
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Marine engineer
  • Hydraulic engineer
  • Car sales
  • Rental Franchise 

What is OSTC?

The Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC) is our trades academy. We offer practical, career-focused learning for students in Years 11-13 who want to get a head start on life after school. You’ll develop hands-on skills and experience to help you prepare for further study, on-the-job training and employment.

Your programme will be one subject of your NCEA. You’ll spend one or two days a week at OSTC and the rest of the week at school as normal.

OSTC has a campus in Dunedin and one in Cromwell.

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A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.