You will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills in the field of Automotive trades.

This will include Health and Safety, workshop practice, the chance to work on projects and how to use hand tools safely.

This Trade offers an insight into the techniques, range of work and both employment and further study opportunities.

You will also learn some beneficial communication skills, required to work within the Trades and how to present yourself for the industry.


Campus: Porirua
Cost:  Free
Days: There will be two cohorts taught across either Monday & Tuesday or 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 
Dates:  Tuesday 9 February – Tuesday 9 November 2021 (34 weeks) or Thursday 11 February – Friday 12 November 2021 (34 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 may be requested to attend an interview with a family member or school representative


NCEA Level 2 with credit towards Vocational Pathway award. 


On successful completion of this course, students will have gained 53 credits being 13 level 3 & 40 level 2 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.

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


Students will be assessed against the following criteria: 

Course Title Title Credits Version

Working Safely

Comprises the following unit standards: 





30556    Service an automotive battery 3 5 1
29580    Demonstrate foo work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry 2 4 2
30572    Demonstrate knowledge of vehicle or machine batteries 3 5 2
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  
30518    Bleed a hydraulic brake system 2 3 1
21674    Demonstrate knowledge of terminology used in the motor industry 2 2 2
30558    Test and repair automotive electrical circuits 2 3
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: 





 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
30479    Service an automotive cooling system 3 3 1

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)