Certificate in Automotive Heavy Engineering (YG).xml Heavy Automotive (YG)

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Certificate in Automotive Heavy Engineering (YG)

ProgrammeFull time - 34 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Qualification name

Certificate in Automotive Heavy Engineering (YG) Please enquire

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students



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Programme Content

Gain skills to work in the heavy automotive area.

Combine your interest and skills in production, engineering, trucks, large agricultural machinery and other heavy vehicles with this pre-trade qualification and specialise in automotive heavy engineering.

You will cover a wide range of heavy equipment topics through both theory and practical learning. To ensure you gain a thorough understanding of automotive engineering the initial part of this programme is studied alongside other motor industry programmes.

Once this part is completed your specialist study begins, and you will have the opportunity to decide which section of the industry you would prefer to focus on.

By successfully completing this programme you will have completed some of the compulsory core and core elective sections of the Level 3 National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering).

The programme is designed to help you gain an apprenticeship and give you a head start into employment. You will use industry-standard equipment in our specialist workshop and complete work placement to ensure you have plenty of experience when applying for apprenticeships or employment.

This programme covers:

  • Work safety and emergency procedures
  • Measuring, testing, diagnosing and repairing electrical, electronic, wiring and lighting systems
  • Testing, diagnosing and servicing cooling systems
  • Knowledge of internal combustion engines
  • Knowledge of drive line components
  • Inspecting, testing, diagnosing and repairing diesel fuel injection systems and intake and exhaust systems
  • Knowledge of automotive heavy equipment braking systems and hydraulic systems
  • Applying lubricants, sealants and service bearings
  • Understanding technical data and language in the area of automotive heavy engineering.
  • Welding using, gas, manual arc and gas metal arc.

Programme Structure

To complete this Youth programme you are required to do the NZQF unit standards outlined in the table below. The credits above are Ara credits which you will receive upon completion of this programme. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and are between 16 to 19 years old, you can apply to study regardless of the qualifications you've achieved at school.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English isn't your first language, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart or contact us for an assessment.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • an application form

Application Documents

Career opportunities

Gain employment or an apprenticeship within:

  • Road transport service and repair
  • Agricultural equipment service and repair
  • Plant and equipment service and repair
  • Materials handling service and repair
  • Sales, service and repair of marine plant and equipment

Study pathways

Study pathways include the National Certificates in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) Level 3 and 4.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits Level 4 Credits
24093 Rectify simple vehicle lighting faults and adjust vehicle lamps 1 3 3
24092 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive lighting systems and headlamp adjustment 1 2 2
21675 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive batteries 1 2 2
898 Identify a wiring diagram and translate information to a circuit in the motor and related industries 4 3 3
21707 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive electrical principles 1 6 6
21676 Select test equipment and test an automotive electrical circuit 1 4 4
21667 Demonstrate knowledge of testing automotive electrical circuits 1 3 3
5742 Protect electronics when servicing or repairing a vehicle or machine in the motor industry 4 2 2
234 Describe automotive starting and charging systems and their operation 8 4 4
2990 Read texts to research information 6 4 4
16113 Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in an automotive workshop 8 2 2
3856 Identify emergency procedures in the motor and related industries 8 2 2
249 Carry out automotive industry personal workplace requirements 9 5 5
231 Explain the operation of two and four stroke petrol and engines 9 4 4
21717 Service automotive cooling systems 2 3 3
24269 Demonstrate knowledge of cooling system operation and factors that affect system efficiency on vehicles or machines 1 4 4
24275 Disassemble, and assemble, an engine short block under general supervision 1 3 3
24393 Heat metal automotive components to aid disassembly and assembly in the motor and related industries 1 2 2
24373 Demonstrate knowledge of the manual metal arc welding process in the motor industry 1 2 2
24372 Manual metal arc weld automotive components 1 4 4
23992 Use and maintain a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) plant in the motor and related industries 1 5 5
21685 Use an oxyacetylene welding plant in the motor industry 1 3 3
21670 Demonstrate knowledge of general engineering tasks in the motor industry 2 2 2
21668 Demonstrate knowledge of cleaning automotive components 2 2 2
21718 Demonstrate knowledge of hazardous materials used in the motor and related industries 1 2 2
21671 Carry out general engineering tasks in the motor industry 1 4 4
924 Clean automotive components and maintain cleaning equipment 5 1 1
15476 Demonstrate knowledge of pneumatic brakes on heavy vehicles and machines 3 4 4
21720 Demonstrate knowledge of vehicle braking systems 1 2 2
24419 Inspect and repair foundation (drum) brakes on heavy vehicles and machines 1 3 3
23927 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive hydraulic principles, practices, systems and components 1 4 4
23928 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive hydraulic circuit diagrams and oil requirements 1 3 3
2318 Describe the construction and operation of heavy vehicle and equipment manual transmissions 3 4 4
21716 Select and apply lubricants and sealants for automotive and related industry applications 2 1 1
21680 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive lubricants and sealants 2 2 2
2322 Carry out general service checks on heavy vehicles or equipment 3 4 4
21692 Perform minor servicing tasks in a diesel fuel system 1 2 2
21677 Demonstrate knowledge of a diesel fuel system 1 2 2
15403 Test and diagnose fuel injection systems, and repair fuel delivery systems 2 4 4
24432 Demonstrate knowledge of heavy vehicle suspension systems and identifying suspension failure 1 3 3