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Study Automotive Engineering and Commercial Road Transport at SIT

Be a mechanic, panelbeater or heavy transport driver with a qualification from SIT.

Truck Driving & Commercial Road Transport

The SIT Transport and Logistics Training Hub offers specialised training and qualifications for students to develop professional skills driving trucks. The Certificate in Commercial Road Transport is an NZQA Level 3 Certificate designed to give you both licences and real industry experience. You'll get real work placements with transport companies from around Southland, the skills and knowledge of relevant transport and health & safety law and practise, as well as gain the licences and endorsements you need for employment in the industry.

Automotive Engineering

SIT's Automotive section has a large well-equipped workshop with equipment including a suspension and brake test lane, vehicle hoists, test equipment and a purpose built Dyno Cell incorporating a Mainline 1200 AWD dyno, tractor dyno and engine dynos. We offer pre-trade certificates in Automotive Engineering, Automotive Heavy Trades and Collision Repair. Students spend three days per week on campus at their course plus two days per week on work placements which provides real world experience and often leads to apprenticeships.

Programmes in Automotive & Road Transport

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Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Christchurch

OCertificate2Automotive & Road Transport3Christchurch

Invercargill

OCertificate2Automotive & Road Transport1Invercargill
OSTAR2Automotive & Road Transport1Invercargill
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

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Automotive & Road Transport Courses

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40 weeks full time - 4 days per week class time, one day per week work experience

This programme would suit someone who likes to work with their hands and enjoys problem solving in an industry with technology that is constantly being updated. Students learn basic engineering skills and how engines, gear boxes, differentials and brakes, etc work. Our training is a prerequisite for starting apprenticeships in Automotive Engineering, Automotive Engineering (Heavy Equipment) Automotive Electrical Engineering, Automotive Machining and Motorcycle Engineering.

Course Details

17 weeks full time

Start your truck driving career by gaining licences, licence endorsements and undertaking work placements.  It's much more than just a truck driving school - you'll get experience and connections as well as the licences you need to get a job in the industry.  Enrol in the Certificate in Commercial Road Transport to obtain professional skills for driving trucks in the transport industry and get your career moving!

Course Details

16 weeks full time

The National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver) includes strands in Heavy Rigid Vehicle, and Heavy Combination Vehicle, and produces work-ready graduates who are able to safely and efficiently participate in the road transport industry, and have attained a Class 5 driver licence to operate a combination vehicle of greater than 25 tons. This Class 5 licence is the highest progression of licence class.

Course Details

One year full time (3 days in class, 1 to 2 days work experience)

This qualification provides the automotive industry with individuals who can service general automotive systems. It is designed for people who are beginning a career in the industry. Graduates of this programme will be able to work under limited supervision.

Course Details

One year full time (3 days in class, 1 to 2 days work experience)

This qualification provides the automotive industry with individuals who can service general automotive systems. It is designed for people who are beginning a career in the industry. Graduates of this programme will be able to work under limited supervision.

Course Details

1 year full time - 3 days per week class time, 2 days work experience

This qualification provides the collision repair and automotive refinishing industry with individuals who have attained the fundamental knowledge and skills required to work as removers/refitters of vehicle components, and/or refinishing preparers.

The qualification is designed for people who are beginning their career in the industry.

Graduates will be able to work under limited supervision

Course Details

25 weeks full-time

  • To provide learners with relevant skills and work ready attributes to prepare them to enter a range of industries in entry level positions, or progress to further study.
  • To provide new ways for learners to achieve NCEA Level 2 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment.

Course Details

This course provides an opportunity to put into practice the theory that students learn in the classroom. They will be learning in our fully equipped automotive workshop at SIT. If students are interested in working on cars or any type of vehicle, we suggest they try their hand at this popular trade.

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