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Our electrical and electronic engineering courses are practical and hands-on. You’ll spend lots of time in the workshops and labs trying out the latest electronics equipment. It’s a great place to practice using workbench-simulated circuits, electronic workbenches and lab volt electronic computer hardware.

Study electrical engineering and you’ll learn how to test circuits, repair faults, pre-wire electrical installations and connect electric motors and transformers.

Study electronic engineering and you’ll focus on analogue, digital and computer electronics.

The certificate level electrical engineering courses are great preparation for an apprenticeship as an electrician or electrical engineer. They give you a good grounding in electrical theory, as well as teaching you about the equipment you’ll use on the job and safe working techniques.

Whatever you choose you’ll be supervised by our expert staff who have years of experience in electrical, electronics and computer engineering.

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 Electrical Engineering (Level 3)3One year (full time), part time options availableApprentice electrician February or July
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
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)6Full-time for two years or part-time options availablePower systems engineer, Electrical engineer, Electrical services engineer, Electronics engineer, Computer engineer, Control systems engineer, Telecommunications engineer, Robotics/automation engineerFebruary or July
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic)6Full-time for two years or part-time options availableElectronics engineer, Computer engineer, Control systems engineer, Telecommunications engineer, Robotics/automation engineerFebruary or July
Bachelor of Applied Technology - Electrotechnology7Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options availableComputer engineer/technologist, Design draftsperson, Digital systems technologist, Electrical engineer/technologist, Electronics engineer/technologist, Mechatronics engineer/technologist, Project leader, Technical managerFebruary or July
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableElectronics engineer, Electrical engineer, Electrical services engineer, Power systems engineer, Control systems engineer, Robotics/automation engineer, Marine electronics engineerMarch or July
National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician)3, 41 yearElectrician, Appliance technician, Electrical engineer, Industrial controller, Power electrical/electronics specialist, Security installerBlock courses take place throughout the year

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short coursesDURATION 
Electrical Appliance Service Person Endorsed to Disconnect and ReconnectThis short course will permit you to carry out maintenance, testing and supervision of work carried out on 250V appliances and equipment designed to connect.
Electrician Stage Three Practical Assessment ETECS179Completion of this assessment only course is for those who require Stage Three assessing.
Electrician Stage One and Two Practical Assessment ETECS178Completion of this assessment only course is for those who require Stage One and Stage Two assessing.
Programmable Logic ControllersIn this short course you’ll learn how to apply and operate programmable logic controllers covering terms associated with PLC’s and transducers.
EWRB Practicing License S176This course is for those who wish to renew their practising license and are EWRB registered.
Electrical Service Technician (EST)This short course will permit you to carry out maintenance, testing and supervision of work carried out on 400V appliances and equipment designed to connect.
Introduction to ElectronicsAre you curious about electronics? Do often find yourself wondering how things work? Then this Introduction to Electronics is for you.

Apprenticeships

How do I get into an apprenticeship?
To become a qualified electrician or electronics technician you need to complete approximately four years of theory and practical work experience. If you’re just starting out in the industry, you could take the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3) to learn the theory and basic skills before you start your apprenticeship. Most employers in the electrotechnology industry prefer apprentices to have studied before they start work.
Can I get cross-credits towards my apprenticeship?
Yes, you can cross-credit what you've completed in the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering towards a selection of National Certificate in Electrical Engineering unit standards, which can reduce the time it takes to complete your apprenticeship.
You can complete the rest of the NZQA National Certificate unit standards and the Electrical Workers' Registration Board (EWRB) exams during your apprenticeship. This will take another two to three years and then you can apply to become a registered electrician or electronics engineer.
What if I'm already working in the industry?
If you’re already in an apprenticeship and want to become a registered electrician, you can complete the NZQA unit standards by studying the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering while you work. You need to attend classes two nights a week for three years and complete the practical unit standards in your workplace. When you’ve completed the unit standards you can apply to the EWRB to become a registered electrician.

Māori and Pacific scholarships

If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 18 to 34, and you want to train as an electrical engineer, Unitec has a scholarship for you. We have 70 Māori and Pacific Trades Scholarships up for grabs which cover your tuition fees for selected Certificate in Applied Technology programmes. You will need to cover any additional course costs.
Find out more about the Māori and Pacific Trades Training Fees-free Scholarships.