Mechanical Engineering & Automotive

The National Certificate of Mechanical Engineering Level 1 (40 credits) is a qualification that has been developed for secondary school students interested in mechanical engineering/metals related careers.

High emphasis is placed on safe working practices and practical work. The standards require theory work to be completed to an acceptable national standard. The course combines the following basic skills and knowledge:

  • Workshop and Workplace Health and Safety
  • Basic Arithmetic and Applied Geometry
  • Workshop Processes, Techniques and Tools
  • Materials Technology
  • Fastening, Assembly and Welding Processes
  • Simple Design and Construction Methods

The following courses can link to Gateway placements. Students interested in this option should approach Mike Smith to see what opportunities are available.

Year 11 Mechanical Engineering NCEA Level 1

The course offered at MBAS involves both achievement standards and unit standards which generate credits (approximately 24) towards both the NCME qualification and a subject endorsement in Technology. Additional credits from NCEA fields including Science, English, Maths and Design and Visual Communication (DVC) can be used to complete the 40 credits required for the National Certificate. Additional credits from Digital Technology, Construction and Mechanical Technology (Wood + Fabrics) and DVC can be used to complete the 15 credits required for the subject endorsement in Technology. A commitment to attend during timetabled hours is an essential requirement along with appropriate industrial clothing and footwear. Prerequisite: Year 10 Metal Technology is essential. Recoveries: $50 for materials and incidentals (this includes issue of safety glasses to each student).

Year 12 Mechanical Engineering NCEA Level 2

As with the Level 1 NCME the National Certificate of Mechanical Engineering Level 2 (62 credits) is a qualification that has been developed for secondary school students interested in mechanical engineering/ metals related careers and it is a well-regarded qualification. 50 credits are to come from compulsory Engineering/safety/health related units and 12 from machining or fabrication units. 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 general engineering, machining, 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 & safetymeasurement
  • engineering tools
  • machining or fabrication operations
  • welding safety and procedures
  • trade maths and mechanics
  • metals and other materials used in engineering
  • fasteners and assembly.

The MBAS course which provide credits towards the NCME requires a very strong commitment to the theory and practical components if it is to be achieved over 2 years. Once again the course offered involves achievement standards supported with unit standards. When these are combined with standards from other subject areas they allow for the National Certificate and a Technology subject endorsement to be attained. It is a realistic aim to achieve the standards in this course if a steady approach to work is maintained. Students are also able to complete additional standards to fulfil the requirements for the National Certificate through Gateway and tertiary courses. For returning students, it is possible to continue with this course as part of their Y13 programme. A commitment to attend during timetabled hours is an essential requirement along with appropriate industrial clothing and footwear. Prerequisites: Completion of Level 1 Engineering is essential along with sound English and Maths skills Recoveries: $50.00 for materials and incidentals (this includes issue of safety glasses to each student).

Year 13 Mechanical Engineering NCEA Level 3

This Level 3 course delivers Achievement Standard supported by Unit Standards and provides opportunity for students to design and fabricate a major project of their choosing. The foundation skills required for success will have been developed during Level 1 and Level 2 in Engineering. The course integrates theory with practical project work. BOTH components are required to be completed to required assessment criteria if standards are to be achieved. Project work will require the student or clients to purchase materials or components (depending on the choice of job) and can include a wide range of options. A commitment to attend during timetabled hours is an essential requirement along with appropriate industrial clothing and footwear. Prerequisites: Completion of Level 2 Engineering is essential and sound English and Maths skills. Recoveries: $50.00 for materials and incidentals (this includes issue of safety glasses to each student).

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