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Academy Mechanical Engineering

Level 2

Discover if a career in machining, welding or fabrication is right for you, while still in secondary school with the UCOL Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme.

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Starting: Week of 12 Feb 2024
Finishing: Week ending 27 Sep 2024
Delivery days:
Palmerston North - Thurdays, 9am - 3pm
Whanganui - Fridays, 9am - 3pm

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Engineers are in high demand. Join the UCOL Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme to learn core concepts and get a taste of the industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 2 whilst exploring technical skills. 

You will learn about:

  • Health and safety 
  • Engineering materials
  • Hand and power tools
  • Measuring
  • Welding and light fabrication
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can use the form below to apply.

 Course Hours & Duration

Palmerston North - Thurdays, 9am - 3pm.

Whanganui - Fridays, 9am - 3pm.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in engineering. Employment opportunities include:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Engineering technician
  • Light or heavy fabrication
  • Maintenance engineering
  • Fitting
  • Machining
  • Tool making
  • Welding
  • Diagnostics

If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Engineering Technicians and Engineering Professionals, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This programme comprises 28 Credits.

Unit Standard 21911 (Level 2) (Version 3) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering worksites.

Unit Standard 21912 (Level 2) (Version 3) (2 Credits)
Apply safe working practices on an engineering worksite.

Unit Standard 29560 (Level 2) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of efficient and effective workplace procedures in mechanical engineering or fabrication.

Unit Standard 33135 (Level 3) (Version 1) (Credits 3)
Demonstrate knowledge of health and safety while welding and thermal cutting 

Unit Standard 21907 (Level 2) (Version 4) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of welding principles and quality control and safe welding practice under supervision.

Unit Standard 2395 (Level 2) (Version 9) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the selection, use, and care of engineering hand tools. 

Unit Standard 2396 (Level 2) (Version 7) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the selection, use, and care of portable handheld engineering power tools. 

Unit Standard 4432 (Level 2) (Version 8) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of, and convert, units of measure used in engineering.

Unit Standard 4434 (Level 1) (Version 8) (1 Credit) 
Demonstrate knowledge of basic geometric form in engineering.

Unit Standard 29670 (Level 2) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of fabrication machinery, materials, and processes.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or learners with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Construction
  • Mechanical Technologies
  • English
  • Digital Technologies


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

Whanganui learners
Part of the programme will be delivered in Palmerston North.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for the UCOL Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

Fees-free when criteria are met.

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Learners must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.