About the course

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - Level 3


Auckland Campus - Domestic enrolments.

Christchurch Campus - International and domestic enrolments.


Full time study option only. Theory classroom lectures mixed with practical training in aviation workshops and hangar supported by industry visits to operational aircraft maintenance facilities.


36 training weeks, normally conducted over 39 weeks with two 1 week semester breaks.

Class Times:

Auckland: Monday - Friday 08:00-15:00

Christchurch: Monday - Friday 08:00-15:00


New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment skills) Level 3. 

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Pre Requisite:

Domestic Students 
16 years of age
Placement Test

International Students
18 years of age
Placement Test
English language level of IELTS 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0, or approved equivalent.

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Module Structure

Subject Days
PE3201 Induction 3.5
PE3202 Safe Working Practices 0.5
PE3203 Theory of Flight and Introduction to Aircraft Systems 0.5
PE3204 Maintenance Fundamentals, Publications and Drawings 2.5
PE3205 Tools and Equipment 4.5
PE3206 Direct Current (DC) Theory 2
PE3207 Electrical Practical 2
PE3208 Mechanical Systems 2
PE3209 DC Systems 6
PE3210 Inspection Techniques 6
PE3211 Maintenance Practices 7
PE3212 Structures 10
PE3213 Alternating Current (AC) Theory 5
PE3214 Reciprocating Engines 8
PE3215 Component Overhaul 10
PE3216 AC Systems 5
PE3217 Gas Turbine Engines 11
PE3218 Aviation Law, Quality and Procedures 4
PE3219 Avionic Systems 6
PE3220 Composites 4
PE3221 Human Factors 6
PE3222 Aircraft Inspection, Servicing and Handling 9

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee (incl GST​)

2018 Domestic Students: $9,394.00 unless eligible for fees free 2018. 

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2018 International Students: $27,600.00

Additional Course Costs​

Text Books $78.00
Personal Protective Equipment $390.00
Student ID $15.00 per year
Industry visits $30.00

Student allowances/Loans

This course is approved by NZQA, domestic students may apply for a student loan and allowance. Visit www.studylink.govt.nz to apply.

Student Handbook

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Tertiary education fees free
From 1 January 2018, tertiary education will be fees-free for eligible first time tertiary students. 


How long is the programme?​

The New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering is conducted over 36 training weeks. 

When do classes start?

Classes are generally scheduled to begin in Auckland and Christchurch in late January or February for domestic students. International student classes typically start every 4 months throughout the year. Use the Class Search function on the hompage to find the next class. 

I'm a domestic student, how do I apply?​

As positions are limited domestic students are required to complete an Aviation Institute Placement Test and Interview at either our Auckland or Christchurch Campus. Using the Latest Course Start Dates search function on the engineering page, search for a Placement Test that you would like to attend and complete the registration.  

I'm an International student, how do I apply?

Using the Latest Course Start Dates search function on the engineering page, search for the course that you would like to attend (e.g. PE18C2) and complete the registration. We will then contact you to establish how best to make our Placement Test available to you. 

Graduate Information

Apprenticeship or Traineeship​

After completing the New Zealand Certificate, domestic students can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship. These vary by employer but are generally 3-5 years in duration. During this time apprentices complete the required Unit Standards for a Level 4 quailification through a mix of on-job training and block courses. Recent employers include Air New Zealand Engineering and Maintenance, RNZAF, Hamilton Jet, Christchurch Engine Centre, Airwork, Pacific Aerospace and many other General Aviation companies. 

New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) - Level 5​

After successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate, students seeking to obtain an aircraft maintenance engineers licence may enrol in the New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering. This Diploma qualification is aligned with the EASA  Part 66 syllabus and includes the licence exams for an EASA B1.1 or B2 licence. Students who successfully complete both the New Zealand Certificate and Diploma will also have completed the Aviation Institute's EASA Approved Basic Aircraft Course providing a reduction in the time required before being eligible to apply for an aircraft maintenance engineers licence.