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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engine

Updated: May 21, 2019

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering V2 (Level 4) NZQA Code 3460


Automotive Electrical Engineering Apprentice Programme


In 2019, NMIT received accreditation from the New Zealand qualifications authority to deliver the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering version 2.


This programme was developed in conjunction with nine other Institutes of Technology/Polytechs in New Zealand - collectively known as Automotive Engineering Training Solutions New Zealand - AETSNZ.


The programme content was established with the help of the NZAE group.

NMIT currently has apprentices in Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast and Canterbury.


Programme Structure

● The programme is a 190 credit apprenticeship which equates to a 3 year programme at level 4. The expected achievement rate of an apprentice is approximately 60 to 70 per year.


● The program is made up of 12 courses.

○ Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety

○ Steering and Suspension Systems

○ Braking and electronic Control

○ Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning

○ Starting, Charging and Batteries

○ Petrol Fuel and Emission Control Systems

○ Body Control Electronics and System Software

○ Safety Systems

○ High Voltage Systems

○ Driveline Systems

○ Diesel Fuel and Emission Control Systems

○ Electrical Systems


Apprenticeship Model

Portfolio Based - Blended Delivery Model

● The portfolio assessment methodology is the major source of evidence and is captured through activities such as;

○ Online activities using the CDX automotive training programmes

○ Block course activities

○ Workplace job cards/invoices verified by employer/supervisor which provide detailed descriptions of problems, diagnostics and repair procedures.

○ Photos, videos, audio files can be used (and are encouraged)

○ All evidence can be uploaded electronically into the courses the apprentices are enrolled in.


● Apprentices are supported in their training by;

○ Online training programme

○ Weekly night classes - both face to face and an online

○ Off job training/targeted day release

○ On site visits by apprentice coordinators to support apprentices in their workplace


● Apprentices are expected to engage in self-directed learning which leads them to become responsible for their own planning, learning and self-monitoring. (The coordinators keep a watchful eye on this!)


● The order of course delivery is flexible (other than safety) and is decided in consultation with the employer/supervisor, apprentice and apprentice coordinator. It is helpful to start an apprentice on a course which will help them with the work they are undertaking in their workshop - this builds confidence and provides them with useful knowledge that they can apply straight away.


● The delivery platform is Google classroom which is proving very effective. It allows apprentices to upload portfolio evidence directly from their phone cameras or files into the course(s) that they are working on.

Off Job Training


● Off job training - recommended uptake 2 weeks per year (off job training is not compulsory) but additional weeks are available on request


● Apprentice/Employer driven - only work unable to be completed on job OR where specific training is required is undertaken at block courses


● Focus is on training - assessment takes place as the training progresses


● Block course tutors are apprentice coordinators


This apprenticeship training model is also being used for the Light Vehicle and Heavy Vehicle Road Transport apprentice programmes at NMIT which started in 2018 and the feedback coming in from both apprentices and employers, is very good.

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