Campus: Whitireia - Porirua 
Cost:  Free
Days: Thursday & Friday 
Hours: 9.00am – 2.30pm (half hour lunch) 
Equipment: Protective clothing and safety equipment is provided if appropriate 
Travel: This is provided free, subject to students meeting the MoE requirements 
Orientation: Thursday 13 February 2020 
Dates:  Thursday 13 February – Friday 13 November 2020 (33 weeks), normal school holidays apply 
Application:  Students must be enrolled in a secondary school in the Wellington region and be enrolled in the WTA by their secondary school 
Interview: Students must attend an interview. We encourage a family member or school representative to attend 


NCEA Level 2 with credit towards Vocational Pathway award. 


On successful completion of this course, students will have gained 45 credits.

Learning Outcomes

A student successfully completing this strand will be able to:

  • gain an understanding of the work and career progression in the Electrical and Automotive industries
  • undertake various practical tasks which will be underpinned by the relevant theory. Students need to be aware that some additional revision work may be necessary in order to successfully achieve these units
  • undertake projects off-site and participate in industry field trips
  • participate in a variety of small projects applying skills learnt during the programme. 



Assessments are competency based against unit standard outcomes and related evidence requirements, covering a mixture of practical and theory.

They will follow the processes required by NZQA and relevant industry requirements as outlined by the relevant Industry Training Organisations.


Students will be assessed against the following criteria: 

Course Title Title Credits Version

Working Safely

Comprises the following unit standards: 



233       Service a lead-acid automotive battery 2 2 10
16113    Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in an automotive workshop 2 2 7
21675   Demonstrate knowledge of automotive batteries 2 2 3
21718     Demonstrate knowledge of hazardous materials used in the motor industry  2 2 2

Fundamentals of Automotive Engineering

Comprises the following unit standards: 

2 11  
229    Identify the general locations and functions of motor vehicle systems and main components  2 4 10
 247       Prepare a vehicle and /or machine for use and shutdown after use  2 2 9

21679   Demonstrate knowledge of interchanging and balancing road wheels in the motor industry 

2 2 2
21688   Demonstrate knowledge of disassembling and reassembling a four stroke multi-cylinder engine 2 3 3



Servicing and Testing

Comprises the following unit standards:

2 13  
242   Change the fluid and bleed a brake hydraulic system 2 2 10
2 1674    Demonstrate knowledge of terminology used in the motor industry 2 2 2
21676    Select test equipment and test an automotive electrical circuit  2 4
21690   Perform general servicing checks on a motor vehicle 2 3 2
 21722    Balance wheels off a vehicle in the motor industry 2 2 1

Practical Skills in Automotive Engineering

Comprises the following unit standards: 

2 13  
 243    Carry out basic tuning on a four stroke petrol engine under supervision 2 4 9
 244      Disassemble and reassemble a four stroke multi-cylinder engine to a running state 2 6 10
21717  Service automotive cooling systems 2 3 4

Study Pathways

NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) - WelTec

NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) - Whitireia

NZ Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3)