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Academy Mechatronics Programme

Academy Mechatronics Programme

Level 3

Learn a combination of electronics and mechanical engineering while still in school with UCOL's Academy Engineering (Mechatronics) Programme.

A close-up photograph of a circuit board.
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 1 day a week

Starts the week of Feb 8th 2021 - Ends the week ending Fri Oct 1st 2021

Palmerston North - Thursdays

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship info

International Fees:*
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Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Join UCOL's Academy Mechatronics Programme to learn a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering and the foundation of robotics. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 3 whilst gaining technical skills and work on practical projects using complex machines and equipment. 

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Mechatronics Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the online application form as follows:

Apply online for Academy

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's Academy Mechatronics Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the technology, design, manufacturing and engineering industries, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

 Course Information

Unit Standard 26119 (Level 3) (Version 5) (4 Credits)
Construct, and report on the performance of, a simple electronic programmable circuit.

Unit Standard 19747 (Level 3) (Version 4) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate and apply fundamental knowledge of microcontrollers.

Unit Standard 29650 (Level 2) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of the safe use of powered equipment in a mechanical engineering or fabrication workshop.

Unit Standard 30281 (Level 3) (Version 1) (10 Credits)
Carry out soldering and de-soldering of printed circult board mounted components and printed circuit board repair.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

This programme will build on your skills learnt in the Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme, Academy Intro to Trades programmes, or if you have completed NCEA Level 2.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • English
  • Science


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Academy Mechatronics Programme comprises 21 Credits.

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.


How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Mechatronics Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.