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Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.
From 2023, UCOL and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. So, if you join UCOL in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.
This programme consist of 120 credits. The couses includes:
Automotive Workshop Safety (10 Credits)
Learn to identify and consistently apply policies, procedures and regulations that ensure safe and effective working practices in an automotive workshop.
Basic Repair and Modification of Automotive Components (15 Credits)
Safely and correctly use hand and power tools and workshop engineering equipment to complete basic automotive engineering workshop tasks. The course covers:
- Material types and properties
- SI symbols (International System of Units)
- Principles behind basic fabrication techniques
- Principles behind use of specialist tools
- Hand tools - hacksaw, internal and external threading tools, stud extractor, files, measuring and marking out tools
- Power tools - drilling machinery
- Basic equipment - electric welding equipment, gas welding equipment
- Workshop engineering equipment - material types/properties, basic fabrication (heating, cutting, welding, threading, fastening systems)
Engines (15 Credits)
Learn to identify the components of an engine; strip, measure, reassemble and start an engine; and carry out tuning for four stroke spark ignition (SI) and/or compression ignition (CI) engines.
Engine Systems (10 Credits)
Learn the function, purpose and location of engine systems and undertake basic servicing of engine systems. The course covers:
- Engine management system
- Exhaust systems
- Fuel - petrol and diesel
- Lubrication, lubricants and sealants
Driveline Systems (10 Credits)
Learn the function, purpose and location of driveline systems and undertake basic servicing of driveline systems.
Electrical and Electronics (15 Credits)
Learn automotive electrical and electronic principles and how to conduct basic checks and repairs on wiring and lighting systems.
Starting and Charging Systems (10 Credits)
Learn about starting, charging and ignition systems with appropriate tools, equipment and processes.
Electronic Controls, High Voltage Systems and HVAC (10 Credits)
Learn about the function and purpose of control systems, the tools and processes to check the operation of electronic control systems and the operation and safety processes of high voltage systems.
Brake Systems (10 Credits)
Learn about the function, purpose and location of brake systems and use appropriate tools and processes to service brake systems.
Steering and Suspension Systems (15 Credits)
Learn about the function, purpose and location of steering and suspension systems and use appropriate tools and processes to service steering and suspension systems.
Previous Related Programmes
The New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
- Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)