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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, commission, and maintain mechanical service systems.

Mechanical service systems may include: environmental control systems; air conditioning and heating systems; specialist ventilation and fluid conveyancing systems; non-potable water systems; medical and laboratory gas systems.

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.

The 'Mechanical Building Services' industry was formerly known as the 'Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning' industry.
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 building services environment.
- Interpret drawings and/or specifications and select and use the appropriate engineering materials, processes, tools and equipment for the mechanical building services task being undertaken.
- Apply a basic knowledge of sustainability and the refrigeration cycle as they relate to the building services industry and the significance of refrigerants to the industry and the environment.
- Apply trade engineering skills and knowledge to plan, fabricate, assemble, install, test, and maintain a range of mechanical building services plant and systems.
- Commission basic installations and work with specialists in the commissioning of the full range of complex mechanical building services plant and systems.
- Apply an understanding of effective and efficient processes and principles, and quality systems to the production of components and/or provision of mechanical building services.
- Practise effective communication within own mechanical building services team and the wider workplace.
- Recognise the limits of own ability and the importance of working with integrity and maintaining currency in 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]. 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 Building Services tradespeople in the construction or infrastructure industries.

Specific roles may include:
Plant Maintenance Specialist; Insulation Specialist; Pipe Fitter; HVAC Installer.
In the future graduates may choose to specialise and progress to one of the following roles: Mechanical Services Designer, Commissioning Engineer; Building Services Maintenance Engineer; Services Project Manager; Sales Engineer.To 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 Competenz
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2717
Status Current
Created August 2015
Next Review September 2020
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