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Level 3: Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

Kick start your career

Get your engineering career off to the right start with our NZQA-registered Certificate in Mechanical Engineering - Level 3

This 32 week course is designed to kick-start your mechanical engineering career, opening a world of career opportunities or further training (L4).

32 Weeks
Registered Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
79 Credits
You could earn a $30k+ salary afterwards.

Course Overview

Cover Welding and Fabrication in this 32 week course to prepare you for further training or a broad range of industries including fitter turner, welder, machining and general engineering. Includes one industry-recognised Welding ticket.

What's in it for me

What you learn:

  • Health and Safety in welding and fabrication
  • Hazard identification, assessment and control, machine isolation, reporting, audit and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Machine guarding principles and requirements
  • Trade-related terminology
  • Trade calculations and units of measurement
  • Basic engineering sketches
  • Basic tolerances
  • Job ergonomics and risk assessment
  • Engineering materials
  • Marking out equipment, conversion, and calibration
  • Safety of tools and equipment
  • Welding job specifications
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Effective and efficient processes and principles
  • Concept and importance of continuous improvement
  • Importance of delivering in full, on time, and to specifications
  • Quality and acceptable standards
  • Basic workplace documentation
  • Communication and cultural awareness
  • Hand tools and power tools used in welding and fabrication
  • Metal cutting and gouging
  • Welding low carbon steel, aluminium and stainless steel
  • MMAW (manual arc) Welding
  • GMAW (MIG solid wire) welding
  • FCAW (flux core) welding
  • GTAW (TIG) welding

What you get:

You will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3). This programme is delivered through Cornerstone Education Ltd PTE, within the Aspire2 Group and is an NZQA approved qualification

Why should I study with you?

  • We will assist you with work or apprenticeship placement
  • You will complete a Site Safe Passport

Course Dates & Entry Requirements

Entry requirements:

  • We need you to be physically able to complete workshop activities.
  • You need to have reasonable numeracy and literacy skills.
  • You need to be 16 years old or over

Course dates:

Check the Programme Calendar for all dates.

Course fees:

$6,960.00 (free for Youth Guarantee students)

There are no hidden costs and Student Loans and Allowances are available if you meet the criteria.

Your fees include all course costs and one set of work gear which includes:
• Steel cap boots
• Overalls
• Ear Plugs
• Gloves
• Welding Helmet
• Welding Jacket
• Safety Glasses

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Meet Siva

"NZ welding School fast-tracked me into my engineering apprenticeship!"

"Before I went to the NZ Welding school I was an Industrial Abseiler working in factories and on towers often helping welders get to where they needed to be. I decided to go to NZ welding school so I could go back to Abseiling with some new skills and get more job opportunities. 

I learned a lot a skills at NZ Welding School, almost all of which I use every day. My favourite thing about the NZWS was the diversity and sheer amount of skills they teach in such a short time. 

One thing that really helped me while I was at the NZ Welding school was the diversity of things to do. Every time I got frustrated or stumped I could always stop and work on a different exciting project. Two days after graduating from NZ Welding school I started my apprenticeship in General Engineering for Machine part Welding doing anything from fixing a broken Exercycle to doing extensive maintenance on large heavy machinery."


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Meet Zane

"Welding has given me so much confidence - I can do anything"

Before I came to NZ Welding School I was getting into a lot of trouble, I wasn’t enrolled in any high school because I kept getting kicked out. I went to NZWS because I wanted to stay out of trouble and keep my mum happy and most of all I wanted to become a welder. 

All the people and the vibes that were around at NZWS was cool, calm and collective which made things a lot of fun. The tutors played a big part in helping me, they basically got me to where I am now. I’m currently working in Christchurch as a heavy structural Steel Welder and it has been a long fun ride.

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What employers say

Jay Cee
"Jay Cee Welding are keen to support NZ Welding School in their endeavour to train fabricators & welders and to offer opportunities to those people who show an aptitude towards this skill. New Zealand desperately requires skilled fabricators & welders in the steel building trade."
Jay Cee Welding Ltd
Employ1 Teale
"We have found that using NZ Welding School graduates has become a very rewarding experience. We have no hesitation in using them in our operation and will continue to do so, they are a credit to both themselves and the Welding School."
M. J. Bongard
Teale Metal Products Ltd