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    New Zealand Apprenticeship

    This programme handbook summarises the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Dairy Systems (Engineering).

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Qualifications available

This qualification represents a set of foundation skills for mechanical engineering and related trades. The qualification may be used as the first stage of an apprenticeship or as the basis for pre-trade courses. It is particularly relevant for people wishing to pursue careers in general engineering, machining, toolmaking, fitting, engineering maintenance, engineering fabrication, and marine engineering.

Holders of this qualification have the following skills and knowledge relevant to the mechanical engineering industry:

  • health and safety;
  • trade mathematics and mechanics;
  • metals and other materials used in engineering;
  • fasteners and assembly;
  • sketching;
  • measurement;
  • engineering tools;
  • machining or fabrication operations; and
  • welding safety and procedures.

This qualification leads to trade qualifications in mechanical engineering and engineering fabrication at levels 4 and 5 on the NQF, and ultimately to the National Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) with strands in Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, and an optional Practical Endorsement strand.

NZQA qualification overview

Who this qualification is intended for: learners who want to complete an apprenticeship in Milking Systems

Credits: 211 duration: 36 - 42 months

Graduates will be able to:

  • apply engineering trade skills and knowledge to plan, troubleshoot, recondition, and test when maintaining and servicing a range of milk harvesting plant and equipment and provide advice to the customer on solutions
  • apply engineering trade skills and knowledge to plan, install, and test a range of milk harvesting equipment in accordance with industry and statutory standards, commission it and complete the hand over to the customer
  • apply an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and workplace safety culture to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial environment
  • carry out the electrical work associated with installing, maintaining, servicing and commissioning milk harvesting plant and equipment
  • apply an understanding of how the design and operation of milk harvesting systems impacts on dairy animal behaviour, health and wellbeing
  • use knowledge of engineering equipment, metals and materials to perform mechanical engineering fabrication and welding tasks when installing, servicing, repairing and maintaining milk harvesting systems
  • apply an understanding of the principles and importance of cooling, cleaning, water quality and the transporting of milk from teat to point of collection, when carrying out all aspects of their work

NZQA qualification overview

Who this qualification is intended for: learners who want to complete an apprenticeship in Pumping Systems

Credits: 210 duration: 36 - 42 months

Graduates will be able to:

  • assess water sources and calculate water requirements for stock water, dairy shed consumption and irrigation
  • apply an in-depth understanding of pipe hydraulics, the design, operation and maintenance of rural water and dairy effluent systems, including complex branched systems, to the selection, layout design and installation of pipes
  • install a farm water reticulation or effluent system, test it to current accepted industry standards, commission it and complete the hand over to the customer
  • assemble and disassemble pumping, water reticulation and dairy effluent systems as part of fault finding, repair, service and maintenance work
  • apply an understanding of the causes and risks of backflow when installing  an effective backflow prevention device
  • evaluate the requirements for the treatment of various natural water sources and determine appropriate treatment options to meet both health and legislative requirements
  • identify hazards and safety requirements when dealing with both water reticulation and dairy effluent systems, particularly around sumps and ponds
  • carry out the electrical work associated with installing, maintaining, servicing and commissioning milk harvesting plant and equipment

NZQA qualification overview

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Comprehend and apply detailed knowledge underpinning good practice as an engineering technician
  • Comprehend and apply detailed knowledge underpinning good practice as an engineering technician that is specific to the jurisdiction in which he/she practices
  • Be responsible for making decisions on part or all of one or more or more well-defined engineering activities
  • Manage part or all of one or more well-defined engineering activities in accordance with good engineering management practice
  • Communicate clearly with others in the course of his/her well defined engineering activities
  • Maintain the currency of engineering knowledge and skills
  • Exercise sound engineering judgement
  • Conduct engineering activities to an ethical standard at least equivalent to the relevant code of ethical conduct
  • Recognise the reasonably foreseeable social, cultural and environmental effects of well-defined engineering activities generally

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering strand will also be able to:

  • Identify, state and analyse well-defined engineering problems in accordance with good practice for engineering
  • Design or develop solutions to well-defined engineering problems by applying accepted procedures and methodologies
  • Identify risk and apply risk management techniques to well-defined engineering problems

NZQA qualification overview