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Introduction to Automotive One Day (Dual Enrolment)

Experience automotive trades and gain hands-on skills.

Dual Enrolment programmes are FREE if you're in Years 11, 12 or 13 and a great way to earn NCEA credits and get a feel for tertiary study, while you’re still at school.

This varied course covers a wide range of skills used in the automotive industry and will help you decide which area you'd like to focus on. You'll learn how to prepare a vehicle or machine for shut down, explain the operation of two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines and how welding is used in the motor industry.

This programme is delivered one day per week (Christchurch: Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm) (Timaru: Thursdays or Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm).

*Places are limited and funding is dependent on availability. Some courses may incur costs, depending on the learner's eligibility.

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Fees may apply for International Students

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.

  • 29580 Demonstrate good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry (Credits: 4)
  • 30476 Demonstrate knowledge of tools and equipment used in the motor industry (Credits: 2)
  • 21857 Identify the occupational areas and structure of the New Zealand motor industry (Credits: 2)
  • 30572 Demonstrate knowledge of vehicle or machine batteries (Credits: 3)
  • 247 Prepare a vehicle and/or machine for use and shutdown after use (Credits: 2)
  • 21722 Balance wheels off a vehicle in the motor industry (Credits: 2)
  • 21859 Select and use hand tools and workshop equipment for an automotive application (Credits: 2)
  • 21869 Remove and replace road wheels on a vehicle (Credits: 1)
  • 19636 Remove and install vehicle engine exterior components (Credits: 2)
  • 30478 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive lubricants (Credits: 2)
  • 30434 Service a vehicle or machine (Credits: 3)
  • 24338 Service bearings and seals in vehicles or equipment (Credits: 3)
  • 30556 Service an automotive battery (Credits: 3)

To enrol you must be in Year 11, 12 or 13 at a secondary school and a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or hold a visa that allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.

If you are interested in enrolling in a Dual Enrolment course, you should first talk to your secondary school or with Ara.

As different programmes are offered, entry requirements, application, and interview processes (including selection criteria) may vary

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Manufacturing and Technology Vocational Pathway (Automotive & Engineering) One Day DE

PART-TIME - 1 Year

Experience automotive trades and gain hands-on skills.

Type Dual Enrolment
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 31
Level 2
May allow Dual Enrolment Yes
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NCEP2T-AEOD
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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.

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