How to Enter
To become a qualified Diesel Mechanic in New Zealand, you need to complete an apprenticeship and obtain a National Certificate in Motor Industry – Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (Level 4). You can specialise in Automotive Machining, Light Vehicles, Motorcycle Engineering or Trailer Boat Systems.
To become a specialist Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, you will need to complete an apprenticeship and obtain a National Certificate in Motor Industry – Automotive Heavy Engineering (Level 4).
A Diesel Mechanic may be expected to do any of the following job responsibilities:
Dismantling and reassembling engines, parts and systems
Conducting Warrant of Fitness checks
Diagnosing faults in and servicing vehicles
Replacing or repairing faulty parts
Changing vehicle lubricants, coolants and filters
Modifying vehicles, engines, parts and systems
Liaising with customers and clients
Mechanics who undergo further training and can often progress their careers further and become Senior Mechanics or move into management and customer service roles. Alternatively, Mechanics can further specialise in various different vehicle types such as light and heavy vehicles, and motorcycles.
30 – 71K per annum (NZD)