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Academy Applied Technology and Design

Academy Applied Technology and Design

Level 3

Learn about mechanical and construction design while still in secondary school with UCOL's Academy Applied Technology and Design Programme.

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 1 day a week

14 Feb 2022 - 30 Sep 2022

UCOL Manawatū -  Thursdays

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

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.

Are you interested in design relating to mechanical engineering and construction? This is a specialist area growing at a fast rate with new technologies constantly being developed. UCOL's Academy Applied Technology and Design Programme gives you the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 3 whilst exploring the technical skills required to design a product and see it through to completion. 

You will complete a range of theory and practical activities, and have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • Computer aided design software
  • Mechanical design
  • Construction design
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this 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 application form as follows:

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's Academy Applied Technology and Design Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in architectural drafting, quantity surveying, design engineering or mechanical engineering. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Architects and Engineering Professionals.

 Course Information

This programme comprises 31 Credits.

Unit Standard 24362 (Level 3)(Version 1) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of working drawings and specifications for building work.

Unit Standard 24378 (Level 3)(Version 1) (4 Credits)
Perform building calculations.

Unit Standard 2432 (Level 2)(Version 8) (3 Credits)
Manually construct plane geometric shapes for engineering.

Unit Standard 2433 (Level 2)(Version 8) (6 Credits)
Produce simple engineering component drawings using CAD software.

Unit Standard 21910 (Level 3)(Version 4) (5 Credits)
Interpret mechanical engineering drawings.

Unit Standard 2436 (Level 3)(Version 8) (5 Credits)
Create three-dimensional engineering models using CAD software under supervision.

Unit Standard 21211 (Level 3) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of, and methods used in weatherproofing buildings.

Unit Standard 13015 (Level 3) (Version 3) (1 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of construction subcontractors’ work and main contractors’ responsibilities.

 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.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Digital Technologies
  • Construction and Mechanical Technologies
  • English


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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

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 Applied Technology and Design 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.