Vocational Pathways Manufacturing and Technology - Engineering - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 2

2020 Semester 1: 24 February to 21 August


24 weeks full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 80

  • This course will provide learners with skills in welding, machining and fabrication
  • Learners will be provided 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
  • New ways for learners to achieve NCEA Level 2 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment

Pre or Co Requisite - Numeracy/Literacy unit standards or alternative unit standards to meet literacy and numeracy requirements.

26622 Write to communicate ideas for a purpose and audience

26623 Use number to solve problems

26624 Read texts with understanding

26625 Actively participate in spoken interactions

26626 Interpret statistical information for a purpose

26627 Use measurement to solve problems

At least 60 credits selected from the unit standards below (Note: 20 credits must be from sector related unit standards and the remainder from recommended unit standards. Refer Vocational Pathways website)

2387 Assemble mechanical components under supervision

2395 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the selection, use, and care of engineering hand tools

2396 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the selection, use, and care of portable hand held engineering power tools

2430 Draw and interpret engineering sketches under supervision

2431 Manually produce and interpret simple engineering component drawings under supervision

4435 Select, use, and care for engineering dimensional measuring equipment

4436 Select, use, and care for engineering marking-out equipment

21905 Demonstrate knoweldge of trade calculations and units for mechanical engineering trades

21906 Perform basic mechanical engineering machining operations under supervision

21907 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe welding principles and quality assurance under supervision

21908 Demonstrate knoweldge of basic mechanics for mechanical engineering trades

21911 Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering worksites

21912 Apply safe working practices on an engineering worksite

25075 Perform basic fabrication operations under supervision

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • This course is FREE, there are no direct material costs

International Fees

This course will enable students to begin careers in general engineering, fitting and machining, fabrication, steel construction and dairy systems.

Graduates will have developed the skills and knowledge to be employed under supervision in a range of entry level positions within the industry. Further study may include progression to Level 3 New Zealand Certificates.

Within the vocational pathway programme, learners will gain knowledge and understanding upon which to base their career development decisions, whether this be gaining employment experience, tertiary study at higher levels, trade qualifications, or any combination of these. For more information on Vocational Pathways and the different careers that this course can lead to, please visit

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be 16 years or over at the time of commencing study, or 15 years with a school leaving certificate
  • Be proficient in the English language (both written and spoken)
  • Not hold NCEA Level 2 or similar qualifications

Enrolment may be subject to an interview process.

To satisfactorily complete the Vocational Pathway programmes and receive the relevant Vocational Pathway NCEA level 2 and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve: -

  • A minimum of 80 credits in accordance with the relevant Programme Schedule for the Vocational Pathway programmes.
  •  The student will normally be expected to complete the Vocational Pathway programmes full-time over 25 weeks.

Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit zero fees entitlement.