Explore your options

Our electrical 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 electrican 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 OPTIONS
Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering3Full-time for one yearApprentice electrician, Apprentice electronic technician
Certificate in Applied Technology (Electrical Engineering)4Full-time for one year or part-time (day) options availableApprentice electrician , Appliance technician, Electrical servicing and repair technician, Security system technician
Certificate in Applied Technology (Electronics Engineering)4Full-time for one year or part-time (day) options availableApprentice electronic technician, Computer systems technician, Electronic servicing and repair technician, Radio and television repairer, Security systems technician, Telecommunications technician
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 manager
National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician)2, 3, 4Part-time, ongoingElectrician, Appliance technician, Electrical engineer, Industrial controller, Power electrical/electronics specialist, Security installer

Short courses

Start with a programme 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 Reconnect4 months, 10 daysThis short course covers the theory and practical requirements set out by the Electricity Regulations, including practical assessment, and leads up to the Electrical Workers Registration...
Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (EAS)4 months, 10 daysThis short course covers the theory and practical requirements set out by the Electricity Regulations, including practical assessment, and leads up to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) theory examination. Topics...
Electrician Stage Three Practical Assessment ETECS1794 daysThis short course is open to candidates who have been advised by the Electrical Workers’ Registration Board (EWRB) of their eligibility to be assessed for Stage Three Practical Skills. It is...
Electrician Stage One and Two Practical Assessment ETECS1784 daysThis short course is open to candidates who have been advised by the Electrical Workers’ Registration Board (EWRB) of their eligibility to be assessed for Stage Three Practical Skills. It is...
Programmable Logic Controllers3 months, 13 daysThis short course is designed to provide skills in the application and operation of Programmable Logic Controllers PLC’s covering terms associated with PLC’s and Transducers. Participants will...
EWRB Practicing License S176The Electrotechnology Department of Unitec is a EWRB approved provider of Competence Programmes for practicing licences for EWRB registered people. Any person who wishes to uplift a EWRB practising licence...
Electrical Service Technician (EST)3 months, 3 daysTo be eligible for admission, students must have completed the EAS (or ESTA) qualification. It covers the theory and practical requirements set out by the Electricity Regulations, including...

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 Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Level 3), or one of the Certificates in Applied Technology (Level 4) in either electrical engineering or electronics engineering, 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 learnt in the Certificate in Applied Technology towards a selection of National Certificate in Electrical Engineering unit standards, which will 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 Scholarships.