Certificate in General Engineering (Level 2).xml Certificate in General Engineering Level 2

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CertificateFull time – 34 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$5830 - $6000






Course related costs

Technical drawing equipment including pencils, ruler, eraser, 45 and 60 degree set squares, A3 drawing pad and compass set. Ring binder and A4 refill. A scientific calculator (Casio fx 82D or similar). Combination padlock for locker. NZQA certificate fee may apply.



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due




New Zealand is experiencing a shortage of skilled staff in the engineering and welding workforce.

To ensure this shortage is addressed we have developed a pre-trade qualification that gives you in-depth experience working in the engineering trade and introduces you to the technical skills required to seek an apprenticeship, employment or further study.

We prepare competent and experienced technicians and trades people by ensuring you gain core engineering skills and have hands-on experience with modern equipment in a real workshop environment.

This programme includes the option of National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2).

Our facilities include three skill specific workshops fitted with modern equipment, allowing you to experience working on lathes, mills, gas wielding, plasma cutting and much more. Our tutors will support and guide you right through your apprenticeship and provide ongoing learning through night classes and block courses.

Study includes weekly work experience and practical skills development by making your own basic tools and equipment for use in the trade.

This programme covers:

  • Engineering theory
  • First aid
  • Basic electrical
  • Welding theory
  • Machine shop
  • Welding
  • Trade calculations, engineering mechanics calculations
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), engineering drawing and sketching
  • Literacy and numeracy requirements for the engineering industry

This programme is also offered for Youth Guarantee students. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or if you're planning on leaving school.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 159 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this qualification you can gain an apprenticeship in an area of specialisation:

  • General or maintenance engineering
  • Light or heavy fabrication
  • Machining
  • Fitting and machining
  • Tool making
  • Refrigeration, heating ventilation and air conditioning
  • Steel construction

Study pathways

You can study further and complete the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 3 and 4, New Zealand Certificates in Mechanical Engineering Level 3 and 4 or the Certificate in Business Ownership Level 4.