National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Switchgear Fitter)

The Skills Organisation

Subject area

Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology not elsewhere classified

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Entry requirements

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification is for switchgear fitters employed in the manufacture, testing and installation of electric switchboards. It is typically gained towards the end of a two to three year traineeship. The qualification builds on the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 2) [Ref: 0174] which covers basic theory and safety practices for the electrical industry.

The qualification covers the following skills:
. knowledge of switchboard components and drawings;
. use and maintenance of specialised tools and fixings;
. assembly, wiring, and testing of switchboards;
. fabrication and installation of busbars;
. safe handling of switchboards and switchgear;
. installation of switchboard earthing systems and shrouding;
. switchboard testing.

Although this qualification is not the intended pathway to becoming an electrician, some people may wish to pursue this possibility. In that case, they will already have gained the first step, ie the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 2) [Ref: 0174]. In addition, the Level 3 switchboard standards in this qualification will satisfy the elective component of the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) (Level 4) [Ref: 1195].

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology at this level can earn:


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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering

Provided by:

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara - Scholarships



$5,000 each

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Methanex Undergraduate Scholarships

Provided by:

Petroleum Skills Association NZ


Total award $5,000 (NZD) comprising of one payment per annum for one year (only)

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: 0508 754557
Fax: (09) 525 2591

Please note this qualification may not be available at all these locations. Please contact the provider for more information.

Campus locations


Level 2, LG House
60 Highbrook
East Tamaki

Where does this information come from?
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