Manufacturing and Technology Vocational Pathway (Electrotechnology).xml Manufacturing and Technology Vocational Pathway (Electrotechnology)

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Manufacturing and Technology Vocational Pathway (Electrotechnology)


Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Qualification name

Manufacturing and Technology Vocational Pathway (Electrotechnology)

Programme code




Ara credits




Domestic Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street

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Programme Content

Explore the world of engineering through the design and creation of electronic products.

This programme provides a hands-on introduction to the world of engineering by exploring the design and creation of electronic products.

The course is designed to develop and use a mixture of theory and practical skills and a project-based approach wherever possible. There is a focus on using micro-controllers to interface with sensors and actuators.

Main topics covered are: basic electronic components and their use; creation of printed circuit boards; interfacing with microcontrollers to achieve motor and servo control. You'll develop your knowledge and skills through tutorials, short lectures, worksheets, research, design, site visits and build projects.

As the course progresses you'll be expected to develop your self-management skills and become a more self-directed learner. You'll be encouraged to integrate your learning with project development. To do this you'll be provided with some possible projects to work with, or you can pursue a project of your own choice. A set of Arduino kits is available to help facilitate this.

This programme is delivered one day per week (Fridays).

Programme Credits

NZQF credits in the table below are awarded to you on completion of this programme. These credits contribute to achieving your NCEA qualification. In some instances you may also receive Ara credits. Ara credits are tertiary study credits that can be used to enter further study at tertiary level in New Zealand. Please note the number of Ara and NZQF credits are unrelated and may be different.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • To enrol you must be in Year 11, 12 or 13 at secondary school. You must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.
    Some programmes require a minimum age of 16. Please enquire.

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 complete:

  • A Youth Admission and Enrolment form

Application Documents

Career opportunities

While this programme itself doesn't lead directly to employment, it does provide NCEA credits towards entry to the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering and the Bachelor of Engineering Technology. Graduates of both of these internationally recognised programmes are sought after by employers.

Study pathways

This course can lead to further training in engineering including the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering or the Bachelor of Engineering Technology.

Recommended school subjects

English, Maths and Science (Physics)

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
18242 Construct a simple printed circuit 7 3 3
18243 Construct simple electronic products from supplied circuit schematics 7 6 6
18240 Demonstrate knowledge of basic electronic components 7 5 5
91375 Implement Advanced Interfacing Procedures in a Specified Electronic Environment 3 3 3
91374 Understanding Advanced Concepts Used in the Construction of Electronic Environments 3 3 3