National Certificate in Electronic Engineering

The Skills Organisation

Subject area

Electronic Engineering

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Entry requirements

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The National Certificate in Electronic Engineering (Level 4) is an advanced qualification for people who wish to pursue a career as a servicing technician in the areas of industrial, domestic, commercial, telecommunications, marine, or military electronics. The qualification recognises the knowledge and skills required to perform competently and safely in the testing, maintenance, and repair of electronic equipment and products.

Typically, the qualification will be gained during a three to four year traineeship, incorporating learning in the workplace as well as courses conducted by accredited training providers. It builds on the National Certificate in Electronic Engineering (Level 3) [Ref: 1093], and may lead to the National Diploma in Engineering (Electrotechnology) (Level 6) [Ref: 1313], which expires December 2014. It has been replaced by the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering [Ref: 112950].

The qualification comprises a compulsory section, and two elective sections, to provide flexibility within the qualification and allow application in a variety of electronics industry contexts.

The compulsory section of the qualification covers knowledge to an advanced level required for the electronics industry and includes switching power supplies, d.c. and a.c. principles, digital and analogue electronics, electronic measurement, and diagnostic techniques.

The elective section allows candidates to select unit standards to cover skills for their roles from the electronic engineering subfield, such as: transducers, electronic filters, radio communications techniques, and radar principles.

The balance section allows candidates to prepare for various roles in the electronics industry by selecting unit standards that cover a range of knowledge and skill that includes electronic equipment servicing, fault diagnosis, and repair to module or component level. Types of equipment covered include industrial, telecommunications, consumer, office, and microprocessor controlled systems as well as radar, radio transmitters and receivers, computers and their peripherals, data communications equipment, and marine electrical and electronic equipment. Also included is a unit covering installation and commissioning of electronic equipment and another covering engineering mathematics.

What graduates earn

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


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Status one year after study

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Scholarship information

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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

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