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Christchurch - Ensors Road, Timaru

Vocational Pathways

Manufacturing & Technology

For more information

Email liaison@ara.ac.nz

Course Content

Get a hands-on introduction to the automotive industry.

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 MIG welding is used in the motor industry.

This course can be paid for through your secondary schools' STAR budget.

Course Structure

To complete this Youth course 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 course. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
247 Prepare a vehicle and/or machine for use and shutdown after use 9 2 2
231 Explain the operation of two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines 9 4 4
21683 Demonstrate knowledge of MIG welding in the motor industry 1 2 2
21684 Use a MIG welding plant in the motor industry 1 3 3


Academic requirements

To enrol you must 16 years or over and be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school. If you are currently enrolled at a high school you will need to provide Approval of Enrolment from your school Principal.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

IELTS 5.0 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways

Further skills can be gained with a certificate in automotive engineering, collision repair, or light vehicle automotive.


The automotive industry offers a diverse range of career options. You could work as a mechanic, automotive technician or collision repair specialist (panel beater, refinisher).