Otago Polytechnic

 Automotive

Want a career in the automotive industry? Gain the skills you need to become an automotive engineer, repair technician, workshop foreman, or self-employed mechanic.

 

Automotive apprenticeship pathway

Learn from automotive industry professionals and gain essential skills with an automotive apprenticeship pathway brought to you by Otago Polytechnic. This apprenticeship option allows you to work in the automotive industry as an employee under supervision - which means you can earn while you learn!

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PROGRAMMES

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin and Central Otago (Cromwell)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts Dunedin: February; Central Otago: February and July
  • Apply by early December (late applications may be accepted dependent on places)

Learn how to service general automotive systems. This qualification is designed for people who are beginning a career in the industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

For those wishing to pursue a career as an Automotive Electrical Engineer, this programme provides the perfect next step after studying the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3), or equivalent. Graduates will be able to take on senior positions in an automotive workshop. This programme is not available to international students.

New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering (Level 4) (Road Transport)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin
  • 3.5 years, part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts Flexible start
  • Apply anytime

Continue developing your career and/or apprenticeship in the automotive industry by learning how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair faults that are commonly encountered on heavy vehicles. Graduates as a Qualified Automotive Technician with the opportunity to pursue senior positions in a heavy automotive workshop.

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This qualification is designed for those who wish to continue developing their career and/or apprenticeship in the automotive industry. Gain the industry-specific skills you need to work in a wide range of roles in the motor industry and graduate as a Qualified Automotive Technician. This programme is not available to international students.

New Zealand Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering (Level 5)*

  • Dunedin or online with block courses
  • One year part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts Flexible Start Dates: 29 July 2019, 4 November 2019, 27 January 2020, 28 April 2020, 27 July 2020 or 26 October 2020
  • Apply now

Charge up your knowledge of Electric Vehicles (EV) with this advanced automotive technician programme. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to diagnose and repair faults in battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles and machines.