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in Automotive Engineering
Level 3

Move Up a Gear

This qualification can lead to employment as an Apprentice in an automotive or allied trade. The overall aim of the programme is to equip you with the necessary capabilities to enable you to make a significant contribution to both the Automotive and Allied Industries. When you have completed this course you will be able to carry out routine repairs and maintenance on light vehicles. You will be able to carry out these duties with minimal supervision in a workshop.


Pre-Apprenticeship in Automotive Engineering
Level 3

NZQA - NZ3097

​​What to know before you show:

  • CREDITS: 120 Credits (42 Weeks) No Priors 

  • TIMES: Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 3:30pm

  • PREREQUISITES: No prior training require. Motivation is key.

  • AGE: 16 years old and above (15 year old's may be eligible, conditions apply)

  • COST: Fees free, free steel cap boots and free travel (location dependent)


Student Living Allowance may be available (conditions apply)

What to bring when you show:

  • Identification (birth certificate or passport)

  • Bank account number

  • Proof of current address

Pre-Apprenticeship Automotive Engineering
Training Schedule


Week 1 - 2

Unit 29579
Unit 29580

Demonstrate knowledge of good work habits and safe work practices in the auto industry.
Demonstrate good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry.

Week 3

Unit 3856

Identify emergency procedures in the motor and related industries.

Week 4

Unit 30570

Demonstrate knowledge of welding in the motor industry.

Week 5

Unit 21684

Select and use hand tools and workshop equipment for an automotive application.

Week 6

Unit 30475

Demonstrate knowledge of motor industry engineering tasks.

Week 7

Unit 21671

Carry out general engineering tasks in the motor industry.

Week 8

Unit 21859

Select and use hand tools and workshop equipment for an automotive application.

Week 9

Unit 924

Clean automotive components.

Week 10

Unit 30480

Demonstrate knowledge of automotive cooling systems and engine coolant.

Week 11

Unit 30479

Service an automotive cooling system.

Week 12

Unit 30477

Demonstrate knowledge of petrol and diesel engines.

Week 13

Unit 30436

Demonstrate knowledge of an electronic fuel injection (EFI) system.

Week 14

Unit 30435

Demonstrate knowledge of vehicle emissions.

Week 16

Unit 30437

Demonstrate knowledge of the operation of a diesel fuel system.

Week 17 - 18

Unit 21687
Unit 243

Demonstrate knowledge of basic tuning on a four stroke petrol engine.

Carry out basic tuning on a four stroke petrol engine under supervision.

Week 19

Unit 30515

Remove and refit intake and exhaust system components.

Week 20

Unit 24275

Disassemble, inspect, and reassemble an engine short block under general supervision.

Week 21
Week 22

Unit 30572
Unit 30556

Demonstrate knowledge of vehicle or machine batteries.
Service an automotive battery.

Week 23

Unit 30571

Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and testing of automotive electrical circuits.

Week 24 - 26

Unit 30558

Test and repair automotive electrical circuits.

Week 27 - 28

Unit 24093
Unit 21719

Rectify simple vehicle lighting faults, and adjust vehicle lamps.
Remove and replace motor vehicle lamps.

Week 29

Unit 30563

Demonstrate knowledge of automotive charging and starting system.

Week 30

Unit 5742

Protect electronics when servicing or repairing a vehicle or machine in the motor industry.

Week 31

Unit 898

Identify a wiring diagram and translate information to a circuit in the motor industry.

Week 32

Unit 22799

Demonstrate safety precautions on vehicles fitted with air bags and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners.

Week 33

Unit 30574

Demonstrate knowledge of ignition systems.

Week 34

Unit 30565

Demonstrate knowledge of an automotive air conditioning system.

Week 35 - 36

Unit 21722
Unit 21679

Balance wheels off a vehicle in the motor industry.
Demonstrate knowledge of interchanging and balancing road wheels in the motor industry.

Week 38 - 39

Unit 30568
Unit 31063

Demonstrate knowledge of brake systems.
Demonstrate knowledge of hydraulic brake system fault diagnosis.

Week 40

Unit 30566

Demonstrate knowledge of steering and suspension systems.

Week 41

Unit 30517

Service a brake system on a vehicle or machine.

Week 42

Unit 30518

Bleed a hydraulic brake system.

Week 43

Unit 30519

Service steering and suspension systems on a vehicle or machine.

Week 44

Unit 30434

Service a vehicle or machine.