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National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) from MITO New Zealand Incorporated

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Subject area:
Vehicle Mechanics
National Certificate Level 3
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What can I learn during this qualification?

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The National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) (Level 3) with strands in Agricultural Equipment, Materials Handling Equipment, Plant and Equipment, and Road Transport [Ref: 1445] recognises the skills and knowledge required for people in roles that involve general heavy vehicle and equipment repair and service work at an introductory to intermediate level and who work within the automotive heavy sector of the motor industry.

The qualification includes a core compulsory and core elective section common to each of the four strands. This core covers knowledge and skills in generic areas such as health and safety, communication, customer service, and self management, as well as industry-specific knowledge and skills including: quality control and industry standards; legislation; tools and equipment used in the industry; cleaning components; general engineering tasks; new and emerging technology; business responsibilities towards customers; stock security in the workplace; and common heavy vehicle or equipment electrics and electronics, fuel systems and exhausts, hydraulics, preventive maintenance, transmissions, engines, and braking systems. Each strand comprises a set of compulsory standards, which reflect the specific requirements of each of the automotive heavy industry sectors, and an elective section that allows candidates to add further skills that are relevant to their position and/or specific workplace requirements.

The qualification strands recognise the competencies required to work in a range of automotive heavy engineering workplaces in roles involving the overall repair and servicing of the following categories of heavy vehicle, machines, and equipment and their associated components:
. agricultural machines and equipment, including tractors, land maintenance and cultivation implements, and harvesting equipment
. materials handling equipment, including all electric and non-electric forklifts and other fuel or electric powered equipment designed for the movement of goods
. heavy plant and equipment, including construction, off-road, and earth moving equipment
. road transport, including all trucks, buses, heavy trailers and combination units that are deemed 'heavy vehicles' under Land Transport Rule definitions.

This qualification is one of a suite of qualifications developed at the introductory to intermediate level for the motor industry. The qualifications in this suite are grouped to reflect the industry recognised sector subsets of: automotive body, automotive electrical and mechanical engineering, automotive heavy engineering, automotive specialist engineering, and vehicle servicing. In most cases these subsets are also divided into two levels to provide clearer entry and exit points from training.

Industry wished to be able to recognise a minimum and consistent set of fundamental competencies across all roles in all qualifications at each level. This has resulted in a common set of standards that appear consistently across the core sections in all of the Level 3 qualifications in the Motor Industry subfield. This structure has been modelled on the Qualifications Roadmap (the motor industry career pathway document), which allows a candidate to move more easily between strands of qualifications in similar areas and to transfer skills from this qualification to other motor industry qualifications.

People wishing to obtain information on career pathways should contact the NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation Incorporated (see contact details below).

While they are not considered prerequisite qualifications to this qualification, candidates may follow on from the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Foundation Skills) (Level 1) [Ref: 1222] or the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) (Level 2) with strands in Automotive Electrical and Mechanical, and Collision Repair [Ref: 1252], as a number of standards are common to both qualifications. This qualification prepares people and is a prerequisite for the award of the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) (Level 4) with strands in Agricultural Equipment, Materials Handling Equipment, Plant and Equipment, and Road Transport [Ref: 1446].

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MITO New Zealand Incorporated training provider details

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Source: New Zealand Qualifications Authority (www.nzqa.govt.nz)