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Certificate in Engineering Fabrication - Heavy Fabrication

Increase your skills in engineering fabrication.

This programme enables you to focus on one of three specific areas of engineering fabrication: heavy fabrication, light fabrication or steel construction.

In addition to learning specific skills in your chosen area, you'll also learn: how to interpret drawings and/or specifications; how to select and use the appropriate fabrication materials, tools and equipment to create industry-standard projects; how to apply knowledge of welding at an industry standard in a commercial environment; and about health and safety and workplace safety culture.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

Part-time up to 6 years.

40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits

OR New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

In addition you need to:

Be employed in the mechanical engineering industry at time of study. Enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • 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.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

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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Career opportunities

This programme is delivered by Ara to people employed in the engineering and manufacturing industry in an Ara managed apprenticeship. Completion of this qualification gives you the skills to take on more responsibility within engineering and manufacturing businesses. You could become a supervisor or foreman or even set up your own business.

Study pathways

This qualitication can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Advanced) (Level 5).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Technology

New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Heavy Fabrication Strand)

PART-TIME - 4 Years

Increase your skills in engineering fabrication.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2719
Credits 270
Level 4
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2719-HFAB
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to:

Be employed in the mechanical engineering industry at time of study. Enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

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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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