Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)


Online with block courses in Dunedin and Cromwell 

Two years

Online, night classes and block courses

  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    1 February 2018

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 wish to continue developing their career and/or apprenticeship in the automotive industry. 

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 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 3) OR evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge. 
  • A Managed Apprentice must be employed in a light automotive engineering workshop. 
  • For applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required. 
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

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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