Vocational Pathways Manufacturing and Technology- Automotive - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 2

24 February to 21 August 2020


24 weeks full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 80

  • 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.
  • 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.)

229 Identify the general locations and functions of motor vehicle systems and main components

231 Demonstrate knowledge of the operation of two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines

234 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive starting and charging systems and their operation

235 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive ignition systems and their operation

239 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive manual transmissions

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

3877 Demonstrate knowledge of protecting vehicle electronics in the motor industry

4435 Select, use and care for engineering dimensional measuring equipment

15849 Perform manual soldering and de-soldering procedures for electrotechnology work

16113 Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in an automotive workshop 

21669 Demonstrate knowledge of hand tools and workshop equipment for motor industry applications

21670 Demonstrate knowledge of general engineering tasks in the motor industry

21671 Carry out general engineering tasks in the motor industry

21674 Demonstrate knowledge of terminology used in the motor industry

21677 Demonstrate knowledge of a diesel fuel system

21686 Demonstrate knowledge of automotive cooling systems

21687 Demonstrate knowledge of basic tuning on a four stroke petrol engine

21688 Demonstrate knowledge of disassembling and reassembling a four stroke multi-cylinder engine

21716 Select and apply lubricants and sealants for automotive and related industry applications

21720 Demonstrate knowledge of motorcycle, car, light and heavy commercial vehicle braking systems

21721 Demonstrate knowledge of vehicle steering and suspension systems

21859 Select and use hand tools and workshop equipment for an automotive application

21907 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe welding procedures under supervision

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 and there are no direct material costs 

International Fees

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 http://vp.org.nz/#/

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.