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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 4
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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 4) with strands in Agricultural Equipment, Materials Handling Equipment, Plant and Equipment, and Road Transport [Ref: 1446] recognises the skills and knowledge required for people in roles that involve diagnostic and complex heavy vehicle and equipment repair work at an intermediate to advanced 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 primarily in areas of customer interaction such as booking in work, selling goods and services, completing quotations and estimates for jobs, warranties and guarantees, and participating in quality improvement objectives. Also included are industry specific skills and knowledge covering diagnosis and rectification of electrical starting and charging systems, electronic diesel management, driveline, and cooling system faults on heavy vehicles and equipment. The standards in the compulsory section of each strand ensure that the candidate develops and applies knowledge and skills for use in more complex and unfamiliar jobs within their industry sector. The elective section of each strand 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 intermediate to advanced 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 4 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).

This qualification builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) (Level 3) Agricultural Equipment, Materials Handling Equipment, Plant and Equipment, and Road Transport strands [Ref: 1445], each of which is a prerequisite for the award of this qualification. Candidates may choose to progress to the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Advanced Technical) (Level 5) with strands in Automotive Electrical and Mechanical, and Collision Repair [Ref: 1143], the National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4) [Ref: 0649] or the National Diploma in Business (Level 5) [Ref: 0783].

Examples of related scholarships

Haane Manahi Memorial Scholarships (Forestry, Trades and Farming)

Total value of each scholarship will be up to $6,000


This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search Generosity's database at your college, university or local library.

MITO New Zealand Incorporated training provider details

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