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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 280
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology » Mechanical and Industrial Engineering & Technology not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the construction and infrastructure sectors with skilled tradespeople who are able to safely and independently fabricate, assemble, install and pre commission mechanical building service systems.

This qualification is designed to recognise the skills and knowledge of people working in the mechanical building services industry.

Graduates will be able to operate independently and will have some responsibility for the performance of others.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Work to meet health and safety legislative, and workplace safety culture requirements and responsibilities in a commercial mechanical building services environment.
- Produce accurate engineering sketches including site measures and drawings for the fabrication and installation of mechanical building service components.
- Interpret engineering sketches, drawings, and/or specifications as required for the mechanical building services task being undertaken.
- Apply knowledge of trade calculations and units of measurement to produce a range of components, and to install mechanical building service systems to specification.
- Use tools, equipment, and appropriate processes to safely fabricate, assemble, install, and pre-commission mechanical building service systems.
- Apply knowledge of the composition and characteristics of engineering materials to determine suitability and selection for a mechanical building service application.
- Determine the principles and methods for manufacturing of mechanical building services components, workshop pre-assembly and site installation, passive fire protection, seismic restraint, vibration isolation, and control systems, and their application in mechanical building services.
- Determine how process analysis and sequencing of tasks to optimise materials and time, including awareness of surroundings and ergonomics, are applied to job planning and costing processes.
- Plan and sequence the fabrication, assembly, mechanical joining (including welding, brazing and lock forming), use of engineering materials, and installation of a range of mechanical building services components both on-site and in a workshop.
- Install vibration isolators, seismic restraints, and passive fire seals for a range of mechanical building services plant and equipment.
- Carry out quality assurance for a range mechanical building services plant and equipment (including pipework, ductwork, fire dampers, and condensate drains), to meet organisation requirements and industry standards.
- Pre-commission mechanical components, and collaborate with specialists to commission a full range of complex mechanical building services plant and systems to meet organisation requirements and industry standards.
- Communicate effectively with mechanical building services team, the wider workplace and with consideration of other cultures and languages in the workplace, to complete tasks safely, and according to instructions.
- Self-manage on-going learning, and maintain the professional development and standards required for the mechanical building services field.
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].

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 progress to 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 in roles such as plant maintenance specialist; insulation specialist; pipe fitter; HVAC installer in the mechanical building services industry.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation Competenz
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2717
Status Current
Created August 2015
Next Review December 2025
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