If you enjoy working on cars and problem-solving then Automotive Engineering could be just the career for you.
This programme will give you a real taste for the industry. You’ll spend your time getting your hands dirty in NMIT’s automotive workshops learning how cars and engines work and finding out about fault-finding and what automotive engineers do in their jobs. You’ll have the opportunity to pull apart and reassemble car engines, change tyres and balance wheels, while learning about the location and function of vehicle systems and components.
Give it a go and see if Automotive Engineering is for you!
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- Identify emergency procedures in the motor and related industries.
- Identify the general locations and functions of motor vehicle systems and main components.
- Demonstrate knowledge of petrol and diesel engines.
- Disassemble and reassemble a single cylinder or multi-cylinder four stroke engine under supervision.
- Demonstrate knowledge of interchanging and balancing road wheels in the motor industry.
- Remove, replace, balance road wheels and replace vehicle lamps.
- Demonstrate knowledge of motor vehicle documentation and primary systems of a vehicle.
- Bleed a hydraulic brake system.
- Demonstrate knowledge of brake systems, clutches, manual transmissions and tools and equipment used in the motor industry.
- Select and use hand tools and workshop equipment for an automotive application.
Note: Some unit standards may change. Final information on the standards specific to your course will be available prior to starting your programme.
If circumstances change there could be mixed models of delivery e.g online, face to face one day per week or block options.
Level 2 and 3. This programme offers two year levels
Starts: February 2023
9am – 2.30pm Thursday (Marlborough) or Friday (Nelson)
NMIT Marlborough and Nelson
Pathways + Opportunities
- Industry Employment/ Apprenticeships and ITO Training
- Tertiary Pre-Employment Training at NMIT in L3 Automotive Engineering
- UNIVERSITY STUDIES:
- Energy and Fuel Research
- Small Engine Mechanic
- Vehicle Groomer or Sales
- Automotive Dismantler
- Automotive Electrician
- Motorcycle Mechanic
- Brake Service Technician
- Powerboat Technician
- Fuel Injector Engineer
- Wheel Alignment Technician
- Hydraulic Engineer
- Marine Engineer
- Automotive Engineering (light, heavy, diesel, marine, road)
Ruan has recently moved to Marlborough from his homeland of South Africa. He enjoys his Trades Academy classes, meeting new people and learning new skills. Ruan has always been interested in all things mechanical and he is impressed with the machinery that he has access to on the course.
To further develop his mechanical skills, Ruan is also enrolled in his school’s Gateway programme, spending one day a week working at the local Truck Stop, in additional to attending Trades Academy. He’s very keen to pursue a career as a diesel mechanic and by attending the Gateway and Trades Academy programmes Ruan gets to stay in school to complete NCEA level 2 while still doing the practical things he enjoys.
This is Jack’s second year of Automotive Engineering, and it’s the practical and technical aspects of the programme that he particularly enjoys.
“I enjoy Trades as it gets you away from school for the day. I love being in the workshop as it’s really well set up and equipped with great tools and equipment. I’ve learnt how a two stroke diesel engine operates and to disassemble and reassemble the engine and to get it running nice. I would recommend this course to anyone who is passionate about cars, truck or bikes and would like to have hands on experience.”
Jack is looking to complete the NMIT pre-trades automotive course next year with a view to taking on an apprenticeship with a local business.