Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)


Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell 


Online, night classes and block courses 


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

This qualification is designed for those who are interested in a career as an Automotive Electrical Engineer. 

During this programme, you will learn how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair electrical and electronics faults in a range of vehicles. 

Career opportunities

Graduates could progress to the New Zealand Certificate in Light Autmotive 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 
  • A Level 3 qualification in Automotive Engineering (such as the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering Level 3OR evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge. 
  • A Managed Apprentice must be employed in a light automotive engineering workshop. 
  • IELTS - 5.5 (no band score lower than 5.0). 
You will study
Course name Level Credit
Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety 4 15
Steering and Suspension 4 10
Braking and Electronic Control 4 15
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning 4 10
Starting, Charging and Batteries 4 10
Fuel and Emission Systems 4 20
Body Control Electronics and System Software 4 20
Safety Systems 4 10
High Voltage Systems 4 10
Drive Trains 4 15
Hydraulics 4 10
Electrical Systems 4 20
Accessory Systems 4 20
Communication Systems 4 20
For more information

Please email ECLAdmin@op.ac.nz

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


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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