Electrical Fundamentals


This online course will help you develop a sound knowledge of electrical and electronic theory and how these are applied to mechanical engineering systems.

Course Content

The course will cover the following:

  • DC Theory and AC and Electrical safety
  • Basic electronics systems
  • DC motors and starters
  • Digital and analogue systems
  • Concepts of open and closed loop control, proportional, sequential

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the electrical principles commonly required by mechanical engineers relating to DC, AC, and Safety
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and electronic components relating to Amplifiers, rectifiers, transducers, DC motors, AC motors
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and electronic control systems

Method of Assessment

  • Internal assessment 50%
  • Examination 50%

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.

Examination information

Assessments for this course include an examination that you need to attend in-person.

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Labs requirements

A 2 ½ day practical Laboratory held in Wellington is a requirement for this course.

For courses starting in February, laboratories will be held during the term 1 school holidays,  

For courses starting in June, laboratories will be during the term 3 school holidays.

Your lecturer/tutor will confirm the actual dates within the first week of the course, however you can click here for school holiday dates to give you a guideline for planning.

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate of Proficiency

Course availability over the next 12 months


June enrolment dates

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28 May 2024
10 Jun 2024
29 Sep 2024