Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Advanced) (Level 5)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 5
Credits 70
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, construction, manufacturing,
fabrication, refrigeration and air conditioning, and mechanical building services, industries with advanced
tradespeople who are able to contribute to the success and competitiveness of a business by
demonstrating leadership in a technical and/or operational field.

The qualification is designed for people who have already completed a mechanical engineering-related
Level 4 trade qualification and wish to further develop their technical and/or operational knowledge and
skills within their chosen discipline of mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, fabrication,
refrigeration and air conditioning, and mechanical building services.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work independently as advanced tradespeople in their chosen
discipline in the mechanical engineering, fabrication, construction, manufacturing, mechanical building
services, or refrigeration and air conditioning industries.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply relevant Health and Safety legislation, regulations, and good practice in workplace safety culture, to meet workplace safety requirements and opportunities for improvement of all work under own engineering related area of control.
- Apply advanced technical and/or operational skills within a chosen discipline and knowledge of critical problem-solving techniques and skills to recommend solutions for mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, or fabrication processes.
- Use advanced knowledge of structured processes, systems, and strategies to show how they apply within a chosen discipline.
- Use knowledge of project management principles and how they are applied within a chosen discipline.
- Manage a mechanical engineering project/operation/complex job within chosen discipline
- Drive the application of effective and efficient processes and principles, and quality management systems, and continuous improvement processes with recommended solutions within own chosen engineering discipline and related area of control.
- Apply basic investigation skills and technical reporting to identify findings and recommend, a potential energy efficiency or sustainability opportunity, a new technology and how it may be employed to improve, or replace an existing mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, or fabrication process.
- Train or mentor people to understand the importance of working within the limits of their ability, to seek guidance when necessary, and to ensure quality mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing or fabrication outcomes.
Education pathways
This qualification can build on the following qualifications:
- New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Fitting and Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, Metal Forming, and Toolmaking [Ref: 2714]
- New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication, and Steel Construction [Ref: 2719]
- New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2717]
- New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2366]

This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) with strands in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Fire Engineering [Ref: 2612]
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will be able to work independently as advanced tradespeople in their chosen discipline in the mechanical engineering, fabrication, construction, manufacturing, mechanical building services, or refrigeration and air conditioning industries.

Specific roles may include: Senior Tradesperson, Specialist Engineer, Process Champion, Maintenance Engineering Supervisor, Predictive Maintenance Specialist, Leading Hand, Team Leader, Workshop Supervisor, Steel Construction Foreman, Site Supervisor/Manager, Technical Advisor, and Welding Supervisor.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
People enrolling into programmes leading to this qualification must hold one of the following qualifications or equivalent skills and knowledge:
- New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Fitting and Machining, General Engineering, Machining, Maintenance Engineering, Metal Forming, and Toolmaking [Ref: 2714]
- New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication, and Steel Construction [Ref: 2719]
- New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2717]
- New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2366]
- Other recognised New Zealand Level 4 engineering-related qualification.
Education Organisation 4 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Hanga-Aro-Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2716
Status Current
Created August 2015
Next Review May 2026
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