New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) 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)

Programme code



$1650 - $1800


Throughout the year


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road, Timaru


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.

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
  • Technology

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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


    NZ2715 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.

Alternative requirements
  • 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. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional 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.
English requirements
  • 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, Pearson 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted into the programme in the order that applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

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.