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New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Advanced) (Level 5)

Level 5

Are you a qualified mechanical engineer looking to take the next step in your career? UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 5 provides the technical and operational skills required for higher roles in mechanical engineering.

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 1.5 years part-time (54 weeks)
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)


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.

The UCOL New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 5 programme is designed for people who have already completed a mechanical engineering-related Level 4 qualification and wish to further develop their technical and/or operational knowledge and skills within their chosen discipline of mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, fabrication, refrigeration and air conditioning, and mechanical building services.

This programme uses blended delivery – combining in person, online, and in-work learning. You will carry out all the practical work required for the self-directed learning aspects of this programme at your place of work, with lectures visiting and assisting you regularly.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 18 weeks per semester, including 2 holiday weeks..

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
3 hrs

In-person, online and in-work.
Work Time

Full-time or Part-time in a mechanical engineering role.
You will complete practical hours within your working hours.
Study Time
10 hrs

Study in your own time.

You can also choose to study part-time, or possibly by paper. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

By completing this programme, you will be able to work independently as an advanced mechanical engineer or in a team leader or supervisor role in your chosen discipline. 

Or, you can continue your studies by enrolling on New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6)

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga 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.

This programme consists of 70 Credits. 

Mechanical Engineering Site Safe, Health and Safety (10 Credits)
Learners will learn the application of the appropriate health and safety legislation and workplace safety requirements. After this course, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of the relevant legislation associated with the H&S Acts and Regulations relating to your engineering sector in your role.
  • Implement hazard identification and control procedures in accordance with a site safety plan for the sector.
  • Carry out an accident/incident investigation in accordance with a site safety plan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of techniques to modify employee behaviour to improve safety on an engineering site.
Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills (40 Credits)
Learners will learn to apply advanced technical and/or operational skills and knowledge to mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, or fabrication processes, including critical problem-solving skills. After this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify, scope, and negotiate a complex project in your own specialist area of discipline, whether it is mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, or fabrication processes.
  • Design the process/plan by which goals will be achieved.
  • Implement the process/plan while modifying as appropriate.
  • Present/deliver a progress report at the agreed milestone stages.
  • Produce a report outlining and critiquing the project process/plan and outcomes.
Mechanical Engineering Quality Systems (10 Credits)
Learners will learn to apply effective and efficient processes and principles and quality systems within their engineering-related area of control. After this course, you will be able to:
  • Propose a schedule of planned maintenance and replacement to maintain quality to your own engineering-related area of control.
  • Plan and design a continuous improvement strategy considering resource inputs (human and materials), applications, and solutions to achieve the company’s operational goals.
Mechanical Engineering Training and Supervision (10 Credits)
Learners will train or mentor people to ensure quality mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, or fabrication outcomes. After this course, you will be able to:
  • Analyse, evaluate, and make informed judgements across the different levels of responsibilities between supervision and coordination/delegation across and down teams according to the level of your limits within the engineering-related area of control.
  • Negotiate an activity/task to develop a skill level for an apprentice or person in training within their scope of engineering practice and assess for competency.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry to the programme, applicants must hold one of the following qualifications (or equivalent skills and knowledge):
  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Fitting and Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, Metal Forming, and Toolmaking [Ref: 2714]
  • New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication, and Steel Construction [Ref: 2719]
  • New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2717]
  • New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2366]

Another recognised New Zealand Level 4 engineering-related qualification.


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean


Should be working in a mechanical engineering role within an industrial environment.

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS or equivalent, including TOEFL. Contact the info centre for more details.


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

 International Entry Requirements

This programme of study is not open to international learners.

 Advice & Guidance

Learners need to be aware of the physical demands required for this programme. Learners will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.

Learners must be  employed as mechanical engineers in a commercial environment for the duration of this programme.

Learners need to supply their own steel cap boots, overalls, basic toolkit, and external storage device.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a learner believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Te Pūkenga Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs



The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning, a business division of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.