Explore your options

From motorways and airports to bridges and tunnels, civil engineers design, plan and oversee the building of structures that keep our cities moving. They also deal with pollution, traffic congestion and other environmental problems.

Study civil engineering and you’ll learn how to choose the best materials, tools and techniques for civil construction projects. You’ll explore computer modeling software and practice your structural drafting skills. And you’ll visit real infrastructure projects like motorways, bridges and tunnels to see how different structures behave once they’re built.

Whichever civil engineering course you choose, you’ll be in good hands. Many of our staff are Chartered Professional Engineers and members of IPENZ and lots of them work in the industry. It means you learn current best practice, which is one of the reasons Unitec graduates are now in senior roles in New Zealand and across the globe. 

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you ready for degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil)6Full-time for two years or part-time options availableCivil or structural engineering employment with a civil engineering consulting practice, Engineering laboratory operation and management, Civil or structural engineering employment with a civil engineering contractor, Site and project engineerFebruary or July
New Zealand Diploma in Surveying6Full-time for two years or part-time options can be negotiated.Surveyor, Engineering surveyor, Survey project manager, Tunnelling and mining surveyor, CAD operatorFebruary (full-time or part-time) or July (part-time). The July intake is only open to domestic students.
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableCivil engineer (design), Civil engineering project and/or construction manager, Geotechnical engineer, Roading-transportation engineer, Structural engineer, Water/environmental engineerFebruary or July

Industry connections

Unitec works closely with lots of the big players in civil engineering. The companies below are just some of the organisations that offer great career opportunities when you study civil engineering. And with our NZDE (Civil) programme pending international accreditation and our BEngTech (Civil) programme now being recognised internationally through the Sydney Accord, your qualification could soon be used throughout the world.

  • Beca
  • Brian Perry Civil Ltd
  • Dempsey Wood
  • Downer
  • Fletcher Construction
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Harrison Grierson
  • Higgins
  • Hiway Stabilizers
  • InfraTrain
  • IPENZ
  • Morphum
  • New Zealand Contractors' Federation
  • Opus
  • SKM
  • URS
  • Woods

Work experience

Study civil engineering and you could meet representatives from top civil engineering companies during guest lectures or at employers’ nights. Which could mean holiday work, scholarships, internships, cadetships or a job once you graduate.