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Certificate in Fitting, Welding & Machining

Level 3

UCOL’s Certificate in Fitting, Welding and Machining Level 3 will give you the knowledge, skills and insight to become a competent tradesperson in the engineering industry.

A student works in the Regional Trades and Technology Centre at our Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time study

27 Feb 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
24 Jul 2017 - 22 Jun 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$8,076.08Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

This comprehensive course will provide you with essential engineering skills in fitting, welding and machining to enable you to meet industry demands. It will also prepare you to enter the second year of your engineering apprenticeship. 

If you successfully complete this programme you will also have completed the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Heavy fabrication
  • Light fabrication
  • General and maintenance engineering
  • Machining and tool-making
  • Fitting and Machining
  • Or staircase to further study

Student & Staff Profiles

Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.

International Entry Requirements

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).  

Successful completion of the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, Level 2 (or equivalent) will lead to entry into Semester 2. This ruling may be varied on a case-by-case basis after consultation with the student, Programme Leader and relevant staff.

Advice & Guidance

To optimise chances of success, it is recommended that students have a minimum of eight credits at Level 1 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori.  Four credits must be in reading and four credits must be in writing. 

Assistance is available from UCOL’s learning support centre for students who experience difficulty.

Students must supply their own cotton overalls, approved protective footwear, ie, steel-capped boots, scientific calculator, drawing equipment, compass set, folders, lecture pads, pens and pencils.

Students are responsible for finding their own optional work experience.

At the commencement of this programme students will, providing they have paid their fees in full, be supplied with the following safety items:
  • Welding helmet
  • Welding gloves
  • Ear muffs
  • Safety glasses

Students must supply their own steel capped boots.

Course Information


Semester 1
  • Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements
  • Provide first aid
  • Provide basic life support
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering worksites
  • Shift loads in engineering installation, maintenance, and fabrication work
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trade calculations and units for mechanical engineering trades
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic mechanics for mechanical engineering trades
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fasteners used in mechanical engineering
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering metals
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering materials
  • Manually produce and interpret engineering sketches under supervision
  • Manually construct engineering plane geometric shapes  for engineering
  • Select, use, and care for simple measuring devices used in engineering
  • Select, use, and care for, engineering dimensional measuring equipment
  • Select, use and care for engineering marking-out equipment
  • Select, use and care for, engineering hand tools
  • Select, use and maintain portable hand held engineering power tools
  • Assemble mechanical components under supervision
  • *Perform basic mechanical engineering machining operations under supervision
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe welding procedures under supervision

Semester 2
  • Perform basic fabrication operations under supervision
  • Develop fabrication patterns for simple three-dimensional objects
  • Weld steel in the downhand positions to a general purpose industry standard using the gas metal arc welding process
  • Calculate sizes, mass, volumes, and quantities for fabrication
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of manually controlled machining operations
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of intermediate heavy fabrication trade practice
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of intermediate light fabrication trade practice

* Unit standard 21906 is the elective unit offered for the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, Level 2 


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.