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Study Automotive Engineering and Commercial Road Transport at SIT

Be a mechanic or panelbeater with a qualification from SIT.

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.

Truck Driving & Commercial Road Transport

The SIT Transport and Logistics Training Hub offers specialised training and qualifications for students to develop professional truck driving skills. The New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) 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.

Programmes in Automotive & Road Transport

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

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

Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Automotive & Road Transport Courses

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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, and 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 (four days in class, one day work experience)

This qualification provides the automotive industry with individuals who can service general automotive systems, and 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 - three days per week class time, two 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

26 weeks full-time

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Comply with the commercial road transport regulatory environment and health and safety obligations as a heavy vehicle operator to ensure the safety of themselves, their vehicle, other road users, and the public
  • Demonstrate safe and fuel efficient driving skills and expertise, and perform driving manoeuvres and tasks for a heavy rigid vehicle or heavy vehicle combination
  • Complete comprehensive route planning as a heavy vehicle operator using appropriate navigation technology, ensuring regulatory obligations are met and public safety is protected
  • Communicate effectively with customers, clients, and colleagues as a heavy vehicle operator
  • Apply knowledge of heavy vehicle mechanical and electronic principles and systems, such as vehicle technology, types, and combinations, to transport freight and safely carry out essential checks
  • Understand and apply loading, restraint, and unloading principles and procedures as a heavy vehicle operator

Course Details

24 weeks full-time

Gain knowledge of motor systems and automotive operations. Learn about the functions of both petrol and diesel engines as well as ignition systems, manual transmissions and safe working practices in an automotive workshop.

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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