Are cars your passion? Then take the next step to turn your dream career into reality.
This Level 4 course teaches you the skills and knowledge you need to become fully qualified as an automotive engineer.
Technology may be changing but skilled automotive engineers who are tech-savvy and know their way around a vehicle, will continue to be in demand.
Learn how to diagnose car problems, service and repair, and get up to speed with the latest automotive technologies and new generation hi-tech, hi-spec vehicles. You could also be working on a range of other light automotive vehicles, such as motorbikes, boats and campervans.
At Toi Ohomai you can choose between two training options to complete this course. You can either:
- begin a full-time apprenticeship with an employer, which is managed by Toi Ohomai, OR
- start your training on campus at our commercial workshop and then continue with a managed apprenticeship to become fully qualified.
Whichever option you choose, you get plenty of hands-on workshop experience working on client vehicles. In your own time, you complete online assignments that get you to describe and demonstrate your practical learning.
Toi Ohomai is the only tertiary provider in the country operating commercial automotive workshops. If you chose to start your training with us, we'll simply change your enrolment to a managed apprenticeship when you get a full-time job.
You still have access to all our campus facilities. Most importantly, our qualified tutors visit you regularly and continue to provide ongoing mentoring and support throughout your apprenticeship.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)
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1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Two Study options are available. Option 1: 1 year full-time followed by 18 months with a Managed Apprenticeship. Option 2: a 3 year Managed Apprenticeship.
Part-time study available
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- Light automotive engineer
- Positions that involve service and repair of light vehicles in a range of workplaces
Topics you'll cover
- Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety
- High Risk Automotive Systems Safety
- Engine Systems
- Fuel and Emission Systems
- Driveline Systems
- Transmission Systems
- Climate Control
- Vehicle Safety Systems
- Body Control Systems
- Wiring Systems
- Braking Systems
- Suspension Systems
- Steering Systems
- Wheels and Tyres
|Indicative Fees||$6,814 total cost of qualification for domestic students|
|Course related costs||
Approximately $1000 to purchase uniform, safety boots, a minimum specification tool kit and a google chromebook.
Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
- hold a Level 3 qualification in Automotive Engineering, OR
- have evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge.
During the Managed Apprenticeship period of your study you must be employed in a light automotive engineering workshop, which is operating at a commercially acceptable industry standard.
You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.
If you are in an apprenticeship, you and your employer will need to sign a training agreement with Toi Ohomai.
It is recommended that you gain a current first aid certificate before the course starts, and a Class 1 licence before the end of the course.
English language requirements
Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
Course Locations and Intake Information
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- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
- Two Study options are available. Option 1: 1 year full-time followed by 18 months with a Managed Apprenticeship. Option 2: a 3 year Managed Apprenticeship.
- Part-time study available
Further Study Options
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
- New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 5) (under development and/or pending approval)