If you’re into making and fixing things and like working with your hands, then chances are you’ll make a really good mechanical engineer.
This challenging programme will see you working in NMIT’s Mechanical Engineering workshops learning how to machine, weld and fabricate with metal.
During the year you’ll design, build and race either a grass kart or an electric vehicle (EVolocity option) with your team-mates. Training is pretty much hands-on, so be prepared to get stuck in.
The two mechanical options offered both have the same welding components (unit standards), but the EVolocity option promotes sustainability, electric vehicle updates and careers in engineering (mechanical, electrical, electronics, programming and CAD).
In the Mechanical Engineering option you will build a traditional Grass Kart, whereas the focus of the EVolocity course will be on challenging you to build an electric bike/scooter/cart which you will then use to compete with at the end of the year at the EVolocity competition.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
(1) EVolocity* or Mechanical (Year 1)
- Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements on engineering worksites.
- Apply good work practices whilst performing engineering operations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of MIG welding in the motor industry.
- Perform basic fabrication operations under supervision.
- Assemble mechanical components under supervision or
- Demonstrate knowledge of electrical test instruments and take measurements*.
(2) Mechanical (Year 2)
- Produce simple engineering component drawings using CAD software.
- Produce components by performing basic engineering turning operations.
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. This programme offers two year levels
Starts: February 2023
9am to 2.30pm Fridays
NMIT Nelson and Marlborough
Pathways + Opportunities
- Industry Employment/ Apprenticeships and ITO Training
- Tertiary Pre-Employment Training at NMIT L3 in Engineering
- UNIVERSITY STUDIES:
- Engineering Degrees in Mechanical, Civil, Structural, Design
- Business Owner
- Machinist and Toolmaker
- Marine Engineer
- Refrigeration Engineer
- Sheet Metal Fabricator
- Heavy Fabrication Engineer
- CAD Operator
- Architect or Civil Drafter
- Civil Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Hydraulics Engineer
- Structural Steel Engineer
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
- Maintenance and Diagnostics Engineer
The Mechanical Engineering Trades programme has been the highlight of Karl’s Year 12. He enjoys the fact that the students do their theory work at the start of the morning and then have all the rest of the day to work on their engineering project.
Karl is part of a team of five students working together to design and build a grass kart that they will take to the race competition at the end of the year. “The facilities here at NMIT are really big, with heaps of equipment. It’s like working in a real engineering workshop. I work part time at a local engineering business and it’s great to be able to combine the skills that I’m getting at Trades with this work experience. My goal is to get an engineering fabricator apprenticeship when I leave school.”
Kayla values the expertise and support she gets from her tutors at Trades. “They have a good sense of humour and are easy to talk to. They’re also really practical and see the potential in us.”