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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Switchgear Fitting) (Level 4) with optional strand in Electrical Installer
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 240 - 265
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology » Electrical Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the electrotechnology industry with commercially competent people who can design, manufacture, test, service, and install electrical switchgear and associated equipment safely.

Graduates will be able to operate independently and will have some responsibility for the performance of others.

Graduates of the optional strand will additionally be eligible to apply to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) to become a registered and licensed electrical installer.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Monitor and use safe working procedures and practices to identify, control, and manage hazards in the workplace and environment.
- Apply knowledge of related electrical theory, electrical components, and drawings to assemble and wire switch and control gear.
- Apply knowledge of related electrical theory, electrical components, and drawings to test switch and control gear.
- Fabricate switchboards and install busbars in new and existing switchgear systems.
- Install process control, automation, energy management, and motor control centre hardware.
- Work ethically and professionally within the electrotechnology industry, communicate effectively with stakeholders in order to maximise industry standards and reputation.

Graduates of the Electrical Installer strand will also be able to:
- Carry out prescribed electrical work (PEW) to meet the Electrical Installer license requirements.
Education pathways
This qualification builds on the:
- New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3) [Ref. 2387];

and may lead to the:
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering with strands in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering (Level 6) [Ref: 2612].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will be qualified to work as a switchgear fitter or electrical installer in areas such as design, construction, installation, maintenance, and repair of switch and control gear systems in the electricity supply industry, export industries, and a variety other of industries.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation The Skills Organisation
Developed By Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3470
Status Current
Created August 2016
Next Review December 2021
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