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New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)

Location

Dunedin or Central Otago

Duration
Two years
Delivery

You will be expected to attend a weekly night class, additional one-week block courses, and to undertake some self-directed study in conjunction with your apprenticeship

Credits
200
Level
4
Start
Flexible
Apply
Anytime - email EngTrades@op.ac.nz
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    1 February 2021

Build on the skills and knowledge you gained in the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

This qualification is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace. Plus, you’ll be able to study for free due to the Government’s Trades Training and Apprenticeship Fund.

During this programme, you will 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 light vehicles including cars, light commercial vehicles and light trailers. 

Upon successful completion, you will graduate as a Qualified Automotive Technician. 

Career opportunities

Graduates could progress to the New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 5) if they wished to continue studying or alternatively would be qualified to take on senior positions in an automotive workshop.

Entry requirements 
  • Level 3 Automotive Engineering qualification (such as the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering Level 3) OR evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge. 
  • For the managed apprentice option, you must also be employed in a light automotive engineering workshop which is operating at a commercially-acceptable industry standard. The apprentice, employer and provider must enter into a training agreement.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

COVID-19 vaccination information
  • As this programme is delivered on campus/on-site, you will need to provide us with a valid My Vaccine Pass before 1 February 2022 if you want to study with us.
  • All locations where our teaching occurs face-to-face are classed as an Otago Polytechnic site.
  • You will be asked to provide us with your My Vaccine Pass during your application and enrolment process.
  • In exceptional circumstances, exemptions may be granted to this. You can find out more about this in our vaccination policy. If you think you have grounds to be exempt from our vaccination requirements, please email Covid-19@op.ac.nz   

You can find more information about our vaccination requirements here. And, if you still have further questions, please visit our FAQs page which you can find here.

You will study
Course name Level Credit
Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety 4 15
High Risk Automotive Systems Safety 4 10
Engine Systems 4 15
Fuel and Emissions Systems 4 10
Driveline Systems 4 15
Transmission Systems 4 15
Climate Control 4 15
Vehicle Safety Systems 4 15
Body Control Systems 4 15
Wiring Systems 4 15
Braking Systems 4 15
Suspension Systems 4 15
Steering Systems 4 15
Wheels and Tyres 4 15
    200
Additional costs

Smart device (essential) 

  • Laptop or tablet which is WiFi capable, able to take photos and use Windows 365 applications

Safety equipment and clothing (essential) 

  • Approved safety footwear (i.e. steel caps)
  • Overalls/safety clothes (maybe supplied by employer)
  • Welding gloves - gauntlet (red or blue)
  • Fitted safety glasses - clear (Scope Phat Boxa)  
Paying for your study
TTAF

The Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) is currently running but will end in December 2022. That means only study undertaken in 2022 is covered. However, you may be eligible for additional tuition fee cover through the Fees Free scheme (see below).

Whilst this programme is free for you to study, the TTAF fund only covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. It does not cover any additional costs or living costs. You can pay for additional and living costs by yourself if that is possible or by applying for a loan or allowance through Studylink (which is only available for domestic learners).      

It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website 

Fees Free

The Government is also running a funding scheme called Fees Free for domestic learners. This scheme normally pays for your first year of study if you’ve never been enrolled in tertiary study over 60 credits at Level 3 or higher in New Zealand. They have confirmed that TTAF does not impact on a learner’s entitlement to also access the Fees Free scheme. 

So, you’ll be covered by TTAF for study during 2022, and, if you would have originally been eligible for Fees Free, you’ll be able to access that for further additional tuition fees cover. 

You can check your Fees Free eligibility here > 

Fees Free only covers your tuition fees. You would still need to pay for things like accommodation, living costs and placement transport costs.  

Again, you can pay for these costs by yourself if possible or by applying for a loan or allowance through Studylink (only available for domestic learners). 

If you have any questions about student loans and allowances, please email our Studylink Advisor: Amanda.McAra@op.ac.nz 

For more information

Please email EngTrades@op.ac.nz

Programme leader: Hamish Miller: hamish.miller@op.ac.nz  | 03 4796115

Disclaimer

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.