New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) with strands in Fitting and Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, and Toolmaking.xml New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) Level 4

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New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) Level 4

CertificatePart-time up to 6 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

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Throughout the year


This programme is not available to international students



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Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Gain the technical and problem solving skills needed to work in mechanical engineering environments.

On this programme you'll learn: how to interpret drawings and/or specifications; how to select and use the appropriate materials, tools, equipment and processes for the mechanical engineering task being undertaken; how to work safely and meet workplace health and safety requirements.

You'll also learn problem solving skills, effective and efficient processes and quality systems for the production of components or delivery of services within a commercial mechanical engineering environment.

Specialist strands available for this programme are Fitting and Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, and Toolmaking.

Please note: In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment. You must also be working in the industry, as you will enter into a training agreement with your employer and Ara.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 300 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
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits


    Candidates may have completed the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2) or the Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Engineering

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Ara literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • To successfully complete this programme of study, candidates must be employed in the mechanical engineering industry at time of study. Candidates must enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

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.

    For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

    Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applications will be processed in the order that they are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

Career opportunities

By successfully completing this qualification you'll be able to work independently as a mechanical engineering tradesperson in your chosen discipline within the mechanical engineering and manufacturing industries.

Study pathways

Further study options include the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Advanced) Level 5.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths