NCEA Level 3 Engineering and Automotive

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr S. Fowler

Recommended Prior Learning

NCEA Levels 1 and 2 technology is an advantage.
NCEA Level 2 Unit Standard 21907, 4436.

This course caters for students interested in a future career in the engineering and/or the automotive industry. Students are able to earn nationally recognised unit standards and/or Level 3 achievement standards, while completing projects that involve a range of different practical skills. Students will have the opportunity to design and build a motor bike (or similarly complexed project) and race the bike at the New Zealand Secondary Schools mini motor GP.

Achievement Standards within this course are university accredited. The major objectives of learning for this course are centered around: Planning and production of a metal fabricated product with automotive mechanical aspect, theory and practical experience in metal fabrication and welding, a study of Complex Procedures (how machinery is set up to assist the manufacture of a product), and largely around the production of the product, workshop fabrication. 

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
Establish what the project will be for the year. Set up a system for project management.
Start construction and record progress on related complex procedures assessment
Investigate the use of a complex machine and complete the related assessment report.

Term 2
Continue with construction of chosen project.
Keep an up to date account of progress on project management system.
Undertake research assessment into a chosen material and submit report by the end of term 2.
Establish the prototype aspect of the project and start developing the idea.

Term 3
Continue with construction of chosen project.
Keep an up to date account of progress on project management system.
Complete project before the end of term 3.
Submit complex producers document.
Submit project management record.
Submit prototype development documents

Term 4
Bike Racing week 1.
All practical work presented for assessment at the end of week 1.
All assessment documentation submitted week2.



Assessment Policy & Procedures
Career Pathways

Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Automotive Technician, Biomedical Technician, Mechanical Engineer, Line Mechanic, Watchmaker and Repairer, Mine/Quarry Manager, Lift Technician, Marine Engineer, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A4 refill (14B8)
Subject charges will be supported by STAR funding. Students are expected to provide all materials for individual projects. Students choosing to construct a motor GP bike or a go kart, please note the cost is approximately $340 for the minibike or kart kit and $700 for the larger 70cc motor bike.


It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.