Automotive (Level 3)

Are you serious about a career in the automotive industry?

Location: Cromwell

Delivery: Two days a week for the school year.





What will I do?

You will work in the Automotive workshop repairing and servicing cars.
The things you will learn about, and repair include:

> electrical components of a car

> car wiring

> brakes

> car tyres of various types

> car lighting

You learn various welding techniques, including gas, MIG and arc welding. You will also service cars and carry out many of the common operations of a commercial garage.


What could I do next?

You could apply for an Automotive Engineering Apprenticeship or other Level 3 Engineering programme.


Unit standards covered in this course


Unit Standard OSTC Automotive Engineering (Level 3) Credits level Version
244 Disassemble and reassemble a four stroke multi-cylinder engine to a running state 6 2 -
21685 Use an oxy-acetylene welding plant in the motor industry 3 2 -
23992 Use a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) plant in the motor and related industries 3 3 -
21684 Use a MIG welding plant in the motor industry 3 3 -
5742 Protect electronics when servicing or repairing a vehicle or machine in the motor industry 2 3 -
24093 Rectify simple vehicle lighting faults, and adjust vehicle lamps 3 3 -
24106 Carry out automotive wiring repairs and replace a wiring circuit 2 3 -
15406 Carry out general service checks in the motor industry 2 3 -
23943 Demonstrate knowledge of flat towing a light vehicle 1 3 -
5466 Remove and replace light vehicle brake pads and shoes 2 3 -
912 Remove, repair, and replace vehicle body interior components 2 3  
24458 Prepare to repair, and repair punctures in tubes and tubeless tyres on light vehicles 5 3  
24457 Demonstrate knowledge of light vehicle tyres and wheels 4 3  
  Total 29    


We are doing our best to ensure that this information is accurate.  However, there may be some content changes to our programmes, and all our programmes will run subject to demand and capacity. 

I’m keen! What do I do now?

Go and have a talk to your School’s Career advisor and mention this course with Otago Polytechic.

They will be able to take you through the application process or help with any further questions.

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