Certificate in General Engineering Certificate in General Engineering

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CertificateFull time - 22 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$2,085 - $2,700


January, July


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Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Ensors Road


Gain the essential skills sought by employers in the diverse field of mechanical engineering.

This programme is the ideal preparation for an apprenticeship in general engineering, machining, tool making, fitting, engineering maintenance, engineering fabrication or marine engineering. It will provide you with a set of intermediate skills and knowledge in general machine maintenance and monitoring; sketching and engineering drawing; basic balancing; machining or fabrication operations; welding safety and procedures; and general health and safety.

In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 78 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, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

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

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Once you've graduated and started a job within the industry, an apprenticeship contract will allow you to complete the level 4 national certificate qualification. On completion you'll be a fully qualified tradesperson in your specialist area.

Study pathways

This qualification leads to trade qualifications in mechanical engineering and engineering fabrication at levels 4 and 5 on the NQF, and ultimately to the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) with specialisations in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and electrical engineering.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics