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Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme

Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme

Level 2

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

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui*

Duration: 1 day a week
Palmerston North - Thursday
Whanganui - Friday

Dates:
First week of Monday 10 Feb - Final week of Term 3

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship 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 UCOL's Academy Automotive Mechanical Engineering Programme to learn core concepts and get a taste of the industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 3 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 UCOL's Academy Mechanical Engineering 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 fill out the online application form as follows:

Apply online for Academy

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's 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:

 Course Information

Unit Standard 497 (Level 1) (Version 9) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements.

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

Unit Standard 20917 (Level 2) (Version 4) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering materials.

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 hand held engineering power tools.

Unit Standard 4433 (Level 1) (Version 7) (2 Credits)
Select, use, and care for simple measuring devices used in engineering.

Unit Standard 21909 (Level 2) (Version 3) (1 Credit)
Demonstrate knowledge of fasteners used in mechanical engineering.

Unit Standard 2387 (Level 2) (Version 7) (2 Credits)
Assemble mechanical components under supervision.

Unit Standard 4436 (Level 2) (Version 7) (4 Credits)
Select, use and care for engineering marking-out equipment.

Unit Standard 21907 (Level 2) (Version 3) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe welding principles and quality assurance under supervision.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students 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 UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme comprises 28 Credits.

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

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

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

Cost
Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport
Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students 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.

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