Otago Polytechnic

Certificate in Engineering (Level 3)

Are you a practical kind of person who enjoys making things work? Or perhaps you are seeking an engineering apprenticeship?

Either way, this is the programme for you. The Certificate in Engineering (Level 3) is the perfect qualification for those wishing to enter the engineering trades. Mechanical Engineering involves the design, manufacture and maintenance of machinery, equipment and tools, and the industry has experienced significant growth over recent years due to developments in engineering processes. Due to this, there are numerous employment opportunities in areas such as toolmaking, fitting and machining and trades associated with the heavy and light fabrication industries. With a responsible attitude, you may even step up into project management.

This hands-on pre-apprenticeship programme will give you ample opportunity to work within our workshops and to gain valuable off-site work experience. On completion of this Certificate you will have completed the first year of an industry apprenticeship* and start off as a second year apprentice in the field. This will reduce your time down to two years left to complete out in industry.

*Apprenticeship opportunities within New Zealand are only available for domestic students.

Entry requirements
  • There are no academic entry requirements, but we prefer that you have 10 NCEA credits at Level 1 in english and maths. It would be an advantage to have credits in graphics and design technology.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they have an acceptable level of secondary school achievement.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score less than 5.0. 
Skills required
  • Practical thinking
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Planning and organisational ability
  • Excellent communication skills.
Youth Guarantee Scheme information

If you are a 16-19 year old and feel that school didn’t work out for you, you may be able to study this programme via our Youth Guarantee Scheme and pay no fees. This also applies if you are going to be 15 years old at the time that this programme starts and you have an early exemption from school.

To be eligible for Youth Guarantee funding, you must:

  • Be a domestic student between 16-19 years old
  • OR be 15 years of age at the time when you commence the programme AND have an early leaving exemption from your school
  • Not already hold a Level 3 qualification in any subject
  • Have been thinking about leaving school and getting a job OR prefer to be working towards a career rather than staying at school OR have left school and are not sure how to enter higher education or employment
  • Want to learn practical skills
  • Be more motivated in a non-school setting and be prepared to enrol in a full-time programme.

Fees and allowances

The Youth Guarantee Scheme will cover tuition fees, material and equipment costs of your programme of study. 18-19 year olds enrolled in fees-free Youth Guarantee qualifications will now be able to access the course-related costs part of the student loan and student allowances if they meet the eligibility criteria. Those under 18 years old will not be able to access any part of the student loans. Funding for travel is available, conditions apply. Please visit the Studylink website for full details. We strongly recommend that you read this carefully prior to applying for this programme.

The process

  • There is not a separate Youth Guarantee application form. Please apply for this programme by using our standard Otago Polytechnic application form. To apply online, or to download a paper version, click the apply button at the top right hand corner of this page.
  • If you meet the criteria for Youth Guarantee funding you will be offered the funding if it is available. We will ask you to let us know within two weeks if you do not wish to take up the funding.  
  • If there is no Youth Guarantee funding available, we will send you a letter advising you of this. Along with this letter, you will receive an invoice, terms and conditions, a Studylink brochure and an equipment list advising what you will need to purchase before starting your programme.  
Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records, proof of residency (where appropriate) and curriculum vitae.

Additional costs

You need to but all of your stationery, safety equipment and clothing before the programme starts. However, please do not buy anything until you have been offered a place on the programme and have accepted that place. You will only need your writing materials on the first day so please only bring these along.

Stationery:

  • Pens
  • 2x Highlighters
  • 2x 0.5 mechanical pencils with a pack of replacement H and HB leads
  • 40 cm ruler
  • Eraser
  • Small protractor
  • 2x Lever arch file (2 hole punch)
  • 4x A4 L pocket files
  • A4 refill pad
  • Calculator - FX82 scientific
  • A5 hard cover note book
  • USB stick

Safety equipment and clothing:

  • Two pairs of overalls (100% cotton, navy/fluro yellow, zip, cuff dome): $73.90*
  • Safety Boots (AS/NZS 2210.3), slip-on or lace-up: $52 - $82*
  • Welding Gloves - gauntlet (red or blue): $9.50*
  • TIG/MIG Gloves (Pro Tigga): $9.50*
  • General Work Gloves (Cut 5 Flexidyn): $9.50*
  • Earmuffs (Grade 5) (Howard Leight LON Earmuff): $24.90*
  • Safety Glasses - Clear or Amber (Scope Phat Boxa): $7.90*

* Prices are exclusive of GST

All clothing and equipment can be purchased at:

Road Materials
4-6 Forth Street
Dunedin

You will study

The Certificate is made up of nine compulsory courses totalling 128 credits. Courses have a mixture of practical and theoretical components. The nine courses incorporate assessment against 27 registered NQF unit standards.

Off-site practical work experience is also incorporated within the programme and will comply with Otago Polytechnic health and safety requirements and requirements for contracts with employers.

Qualification structure

Course 1: First Aid

Unit No

Title

Version

Level

Credits

26551

Provide first aid for life threatening conditions

2

2

1

26552

Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them

3

2

1

Credits

2

Course 2: Safe Work Practice

Unit No

Title

Version

Level

Credits

497

Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements

7

1

3

21911

Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering worksites

2

2

2

21913

Shift loads in engineering installation, maintenance and fabrication work

2

2

2

Credits

7

Course 3: Drawing

Unit No

Title

Version

Level

Credits

2430

Manually produce and interpret engineering sketches under supervision

7

2

4

2432

Manually construct plane geometric shapes for engineering

7

2

3

Credits

7

Course 4: Drawing 2

Unit No

Title

Version

Level

Credits

25704

Develop fabrication patterns for simple three-dimensional objects

1

3

10

Credits

10

Course 5: Calculations

Unit No

Title

Version

Level

Credits

21905

Demonstrate knowledge of trade calculations and units for mechanical engineering trades

2

2

6

21908

Demonstrate knowledge of basic mechanics for mechanical engineering trades

3

2

3

Credits

9

Course 6: Fitting

Unit No

Title

Version

Level

Credits

2387

Assemble mechanical components under supervision

6

2

2

4433

Select, use and care for simple measuring devices used in engineering

6

1

2

20799

Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering metals

3

3

4

20917

Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering materials

3

2

2

21909

Demonstrate knowledge of fasteners used in mechanical engineering

2

2

1

Credits

11

Course 7: Machining

Unit No

 Title

Version

Level

Credits

 4435

Select, use and care for engineering dimensional measuring equipment

7

2

3

21906

Perform basic mechanical engineering machining operations under supervision

2

2

12

Credits

15

Course 8: Fabrication

Unit No

 Title

Version

Level

Credits

2395

Select, use and care for engineering hand tools

8

2

4

2396

Select, use and maintain portable hand-held engineering power tools

6

2

4

4436

Select, use and care for engineering marking-out equipment

6

2

4

25075

Perform basic fabrication operations under supervision

1

2

12

Credits

24

Course 9: Welding

Unit No

Title

Version

Level

Credits

2672

Weld steel in the downhand positions to a general purpose industry standard using the gas metal arc welding process

6

3

6

2682

Weld steel in the downhand positions to a general purpose industry standard using the manual metal arc welding process

6

3

6

21907

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe welding procedures under supervision

2

2

3

22906

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of welding low carbon steel

3

Credits

     

18

Course 10: Practical Experience

Unit No

Title

Version

Level

Credits

4438

Demonstrate knowledge of fits, limits and tolerances in engineering

6

2

2

21910

Interpret mechanical engineering drawings

3

3

5

OP

Demonstrate practical engineering skills in a workshop

1

3

10

OP

Work Experience

1

3

8

Credits

25

Total Credit

128

Programme specific risks

You will be working with industry relevant latest technology, machines, pressing equipment and chemical dyes and may also spend time working in industry. All safety requirements will be explained in detail at the beginning of the programme. Safety shoes and safety glasses are required to be worn in all workshops at all times .

Further study options

Domestic students

Expand your employment potential by completing an apprenticeship and then advancing your skills with our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering.

International students

Whilst you cannot enter an apprenticeship within New Zealand, you do have the option of progressing into our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering to enhance your knowledge and skills.

Your workload

You will be expected to complete up to 30 hours of contact time at Otago Polytechnic and up to 15 hours of additional self-directed study per week; with an additional 120 hours of work experience will be required for completing as part of the programme. Usual timetable hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. 

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. 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. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

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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.

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