General engineering

Mechanical engineers build and maintain the machinery and tools that keep New Zealand’s manufacturing and engineering industries running.

Employers

We can provide training plans, support and qualifications - tailored to your businesses specific needs.

What do we offer?

We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the engineering industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

Qualifications available

The General Engineering strand is for those employed in a general engineering workshop, where the work may involve fitting, machining, welding, maintenance, repair, hydraulics, pneumatics, or fabrication. Often the work will be of a one-off or contractual nature.

It is intended to provide training for people involved in a wide variety of engineering companies. This is an ideal qualification for people who may be working across a range of engineering disciplines and don’t want to specialise in one specific area.

NZQA qualification overview.

This qualification provides foundation skills for mechanical engineering and related trades.

National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, Level 2

This qualification combines core foundation skills in mechanical engineering with six elective strands that provide specialised skills and knowledge tailored to learners’ and companies’ specific needs.

The General Engineering strand is for those employed in a general engineering workshop, where the work may involve fitting, machining, welding, maintenance, repair, hydraulics, pneumatics, or fabrication. Often the work will be of a one-off or contractual nature.

It is intended to provide training for people involved in a wide variety of engineering companies. This is an ideal qualification for people who may be working across a range of engineering disciplines and don’t want to specialise in one specific area.

NZQA qualification overview.

National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 4

This is an advanced trade qualification for people who have completed an engineering trade qualification. 

National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, Level 5

This qualification provides the engineering industry with people who can apply understanding and skills to the standard expected of a practising engineering technician in civil, electrical or mechanical practice areas.

The Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) recognises the NZDEP as the competence standard for engineering technicians seeking recognition as associate members (AIPENZ) and/or registration as a Certified Engineering Technician (CertETn).

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP), Level 6

This qualification introduces learners to basic welding techniques. It recognises skills and knowledge relating to welding in downhand positions. Achieving this qualification prepares candidates for industry certifications to these standards: AS/NZS 1554.1 (GP), AS/NZS 1554.6 (Class B), and AS/ S 1665 (Category B).

National Certificate in Welding, Level 3

This qualification builds on the basic welding techniques learned at Level 3. It covers more complex welding skills using other hand positions.

National Certificate in Welding, Level 4