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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Fitting and Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, Metal Forming, and Toolmaking
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 280 - 300
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology » Mechanical Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the mechanical engineering industry with skilled tradespeople who are able to safely and independently perform engineering tasks within their chosen discipline, to industry standards.

This qualification is designed for people working in the industry and will typically be achieved in a workplace environment whilst completing a New Zealand Apprenticeship.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and workplace safety culture in order to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial mechanical engineering environment.
- Interpret drawings and/or specifications and select and use the appropriate materials, processes, tools and equipment for the mechanical engineering task being undertaken.
- Apply knowledge of relevant engineering principles and practices, and problem solving skills, to perform engineering tasks to industry standards.
- Apply an understanding of effective and efficient processes and principles, and quality systems, to the production of components and/or provision of services in a commercial mechanical engineering environment.
- Practise effective communication within a mechanical engineering team and the wider workplace.
- Recognise the limits of own ability and the importance of working with integrity and maintaining currency in the mechanical engineering field.

Graduates of the Fitting and Machining strand will also be able to:
- Build and install complex machines where both precision fitting and machining skills are required.

Graduates of the General Engineering strand will also be able to:
- Build, maintain, and repair a broad range of machinery and equipment using fitting, machining, fabrication, hydraulics, pneumatics, and welding skills and knowledge.

Graduates of the Machining strand will also be able to:
- Plan, sequence, and machine complex engineering components to a high degree of tolerance and finish, using current and relevant machining technologies and techniques.

Graduates of the Maintenance Engineering strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of maintenance engineering strategies and practices to monitor, inspect, maintain and repair facilities or plant and equipment.

Graduates of the Metal Forming strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of metallurgy and appropriate current forming technologies and techniques to produce quality cast and hot formed products from metal.

Graduates of the Toolmaking strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of tool design and function to manufacture tooling for relevant industrial processes, using current and relevant manufacturing technologies and techniques.
Education pathways
This qualification can build on the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2) [Ref: 1220] or the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) [Ref: 2715]. Graduates of these qualifications will have credits towards this qualification.

This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Advanced) (Level 5) [Ref: 2716].

Graduates intending to become Certified Engineering Technicians should complete the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (with strands in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 6) [Ref: 1714].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will be able to work independently as Mechanical Engineering tradespeople in their chosen discipline in the mechanical engineering and manufacturing industries.

Specific roles for each of the strands may include:
- Fitting and Machining strand - Fitter Turner, Fitter
- General Engineering strand - General Engineer
- Machining strand - Machinist
- Maintenance Engineering strand - Maintenance Engineer, Heavy Industrial Engineer, e.g. marine/rail/electrical
- Metal Forming strand - Metal Caster, Foundryman, Moulder, Cast Metals Engineer
- Toolmaking strand - Toolmaker, Die Maker, Mould MakerTo find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
It is recommended that people enrolling in a programme leading to this qualification will hold the National Certificate in Education Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 [Ref: 0973] or equivalent.
Education Organisation 7 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2714
Status Current
Created August 2015
Next Review September 2020
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