Mechanical Engineering (Full-time)

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This course is taught by making projects (i.e. letterboxes, braziers, etc). You will cover tech drawing and calculations and the design and planning of metalwork projects. In the workshop, you will be hands-on in measuring, cutting, fabricating and welding. You will also gain job risk analysis and incident reporting!

About This Course

Looking For A Career In Mechanical Engineering?

This is a course for those looking for a career in general engineering, fitting, engineering maintenance, metal fabrication, or marine engineering.  This course will give you the required foundation skills to launch your career, as well as the opportunity to gain credits towards NCEA Level 2.

After completing Mechanical Engineering Level 2 you can enrol in the National Certificate in Welding (Level 3). The Level 3 welding programme has a fee for students who are 20 years of age or older.

Pathways & Employment Opportunities:

On successful completion you’ll be well on your way to gaining a highly sought after apprenticeship. Your apprenticeship options could include:

  • Fitter and Turner
  • Engineer
  • Structural Fabricator
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Welder

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Key Information


National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2)


Level 2



Duration The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

22 weeks

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements
Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

For students aged 16+
No previous qualifications at Level 2 or above.

Tuition fees

Total qualification
Youth Guarantee Available Yes
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Student Fees FREE (conditions apply)

Note: All Key Information is the most recent available relating to domestic students. For more detailed information refer to Course Documents.

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Course Documents

Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineer - Mataaro Pūkaha

Mechanical engineers design and give advice on the building and repair of machines and tools. They also investigate problems and faults with machinery, and study ways to improve manufacturing and energy production.

Fabrication Engineer Mataaro Piharoa

Fabrication engineers make, install and repair metal products such as vents, handrails, boilers, aircraft and boat parts, or beams and girders for construction projects.

Engineering Machinist - Kaiwhakamahi Pūrere

Engineering machinists use machines to cut and shape precision parts and equipment. They create, install, maintain and repair metal products, including machinery and equipment in factories.

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Campus Start Date Domestic International *

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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