The Mechanical Engineering pathway consists of a Level 1 and Level 2 course which is Unit Standard based. The Level 3 course is Achievement Standard based which will allow students University Entrance and Merit and Excellence Endorsements.
The Mechanical Engineering [TME] pathway is a tertiary level STAR funded course designed for students who have an interest in engineering. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete tertiary study without the exorbitant course costs charged within the tertiary sector. The level 1 and Level 2 courses are aligned with the Tools4Work programme which is a catalyst for preparing young New Zealanders for a rewarding, productive and prosperous career in engineering. Tools4Work provides students with a seamless, fully resourced learning pathway. Tools4Work is developed by Competenz - New Zealand's Engineering, Food and Manufacturing Industry Training Organisation.
The pre-requisites for entry at this level require students to have a keen interest in the Engineering pathway, metal trade apprenticeships and/or Gateway. Success in the junior English and Mathematics' programmes are essential. Excellent school attendance is taken into account when selecting students for this pathway as this is an important factor considered by employers. Also priority will be given to students who successfully completed the Yr10 TPD [Product Development] course. Or at the discretion of the departmental Director.
Students produce two projects, the first being a skilled based cam mechanism that gives them a practical and theoretical introduction to all the workshop tools and machines that they will be using. The second project builds on the skills already developed and students design and manufacture a metal whirligig based around a cam movement. This project consolidates all their prior knowledge with an introduction to CAD design through a software programme called ProDesktop.
Mechanical Engineering Level 1 covers 2 Unit Standards offering a total of 22, level 1 credits. The course has been developed with the intention that all students should be able to attain the 22 credits on offer thus enabling them to continue onto the level 2 course.
There are also a further two safety unit standards on offer within this course through an outside provider. These are done over 2 days and students need to provide parental permission to be able to access these tutorials. These unit standards will run until the end of 2014.
The pre-requisites for entry for a one-year Mechanical Engineering level two course is that students have successfully gained the 22 credits available in the Level 1 Mechanical Engineering programme or at the discretion of the Director.
Students will manufacture an Aluminium Fishing Reel to tolerances of +/- 0.1 of a mm. The structure of the course encompasses "Engineering workshop skills" and "Engineering drawing". In Year 12, students work ensures a broad range of theory and practical skills. Each of these areas, provide a range of varied activities in developing a broad technological literacy. An emphasis will be placed on developing student self-management through research and skill development opportunities.
Mechanical Engineering Level 2 covers 5 Unit Standards offering a total of 20, level 2 credits. The course has been developed with the intention that all students should be able to attain 14 of the 20 credits on offer. Those students showing good self-management skills and technological knowledge will have the opportunity to complete the other 6 credits on offer.
Level 3 Mechanical Engineering [13TME]
Merit and Excellence Endorsements
Students will design and manufacture a Rocket that is powered by an F32-8T motor. This will allow the Rocket to reach an approx. height of 500m (half a kilometer) reaching a top speed of approximately 430km/h.
There is also an emphasis on Material Development with a focus on Aluminium.
Mechanical Engineering Level 3 covers 4 Achievement Standards offering a total of 18, level 3 credits. The course has been developed with the intention that all students should be able to attain All of the 18 credits on offer.
The change to Achievement Standards at level 3 also allows students to gain points towards University Entrance as well as access to Tertiary Engineering pathways.