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Programme overview

Develop the expertise for a career as an electronics engineer or electrical engineer and explore subjects including engineering computing, mechanics, mathematics, design and drawing and professional practice.

Learn how to use your practical and analytical skills to resolve electrical engineering problems and acquire in-depth knowledge of your chosen specialisation: in either electronics, power or mechatronics engineering.

There are 3 pathways within this major. Choose from:

  • Electronics
  • Power
  • Mechatronics

Highlights

  • A nationally-led engineering qualification developed by six of New Zealand's largest institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).
  • Approved under a new New Zealand-wide framework for three-year engineering technology degrees.
  • Accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Completion of this programme, combined with a period of work experience, will make you eligible to apply for membership of IPENZ as a Technical Member (TIPENZ).
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35-60 students.
  • Strong links with the engineering industry.
  • Focus on real-world learning: observe the day-to-day activities of engineering sites, and take part in lab work, workshops and debates.
  • Visiting industry experts will give you a real feel for the career opportunities available in electrical engineering.

Qualification

Once you've successfully completed your chosen pathway in this programme you'll receive the qualification: Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical).

Cross-credits from the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) are available.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in Physics
  • 14 credits in Mathematics (including Algebra and Calculus)
  • 14 credits in one other approved subject; and
  • 18 credits from up to two other approved subjects

2. 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (5 in reading, 5 in writing)

3. Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; OR
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Engineering Computing (ENGGMG5001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of computing principles and their use in engineering practice.
Engineering Mechanics (ENGGMG5002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles and laws of mechanics.
Engineering Communication (ENGGMG5003) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to communicate effectively in their professional environment.
Engineering Mathematics 1 (ENGGMG5004) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of general mathematical principles and equip them with appropriate engineering mathematical skills to solve engineering problems.
Engineering Design and Drawing (ENGGMG5005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of engineering design, drawing practice and modelling in an applied context.
Land Surveying (ENGGMG5006) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain introductory theoretical and practical concepts of land surveying.
Electrical Principles (ENGGMG5034) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand general electrical and power circuit theory principles and skills
Electronic Principles (ENGGMG5035) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of general electronics and the basic building blocks of electronics as required for subsequent courses.
CoursesCreditsAim
Engineering Management Principles (ENGGMG6103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of management and organisational concepts in the implementation of engineering projects
Design (ENGGMG6136) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to determine and apply the processes required to analyse engineering design problems and identify possible solutions.
CoursesCreditsAim
Engineering Development Project (Sem A) (ENGG7101MG-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to investigate an engineering problem; to propose, specify, design & develop a solution & where feasible, to construct & test a prototype.
Engineering Development Project (Sem B) (ENGG7101MG-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to investigate an engineering problem; to propose, specify, design & develop a solution & where feasible, to construct & test a prototype.
Professional Engineering Practice (ENGGMG7021) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an understanding of the basic principles, concepts and techniques in engineering management and to acquaint them with the behavioural and industrial implications of management decisions on their work. To provide students with an understanding of the financial and legal implications of management decisions in their work. To provide students with an understanding of the role of engineers in society.
Professional Engineering Practice (ENGGMG7121) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically apply knowledge & understanding of professional practice for engineers, professional engineering roles & activities & their interactions with society & the environment.
CoursesCreditsAim
Elements of Power Engineering (ENGGMG5016) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of general three-phase circuit theory principles, ELV earthing and protection systems.
Electrical Machines (ENGGMG5017) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of DC and single and three phase AC electrical machines, motor control and transformers.
PLC Programming 1 (ENGGMG5018) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to learn to the use of PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) in industry and to enable them to learn skills with modern PLC programming tools.
Electronics 1 (ENGGMG5019) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to extend their knowledge of the analysis of electronic circuits and the use of simulation programs to determine circuit performance.
Microcontroller Systems 1 (ENGGMG5020) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain the practical and theoretical basics of microcontroller architecture required for working with the current microcontroller devices.
Electronics Manufacturing 1 (ENGGMG5021) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an introduction to the design and production process of electronic printed circuit board manufacturing and methods of testing.
Programming for Engineers 1 (ENGGMG5022) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to learn foundational object-oriented programming.
Instrumentation and Control 1 (ENGGMG5026) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to learn the principles and applications of industrial instrumentation and control techniques.
CoursesCreditsAim
PLC Programming 2 (ENGGMG6019) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to extend their knowledge and programming skills for PLCs, using advanced PLC control techniques and to learn the concepts of automation, networking and network programming.
Automation (ENGGMG6020) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to learn modern advanced automation systems and practice used in industry.
Electronics 2 (ENGGMG6021) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to learn analysis of electronic circuits and the use of simulation programs to determine circuit performance.
Microcontroller Systems 2 (ENGGMG6022) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to microcontroller systems by considering a range of peripheral device interfacing with competence tested by a design project.
Electronics Manufacturing 2 (ENGGMG6023) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an insight into the operation of real electronics manufacturers in the region.
Electronic Design (ENGGMG6024) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain the skills necessary for electronic circuit design.
Instrumentation and Control 2 (ENGGMG6031) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply instrumentation and control analysis and design tools to the solution of industrial control problems.
Fluid Mechanics (Mech) (ENGGMG6032) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand and apply the principles of fluid statics and dynamics to common engineering problems
Mechanics of Machines (ENGGMG6033) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply problem solving skills to the dynamics of machines in particular power transmission systems.
Power Distribution (ENGGMG6117) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand three-phase power systems with an emphasis on distribution systems and building services.
Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics (ENGGMG6118) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the concepts and applications of power electronics including basic converter types and applications involving small scale renewable energy systems.
Mathematics 2 (ENGGMG6190) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand advanced calculus, and develop the ability to formulate and solve models of complex engineering and scientific systems.
CoursesCreditsAim
Electrical Machine Dynamics (ENGGMG7011) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of AC electrical machine dynamics and control and power transformers.
Signal Processing (ENGGMG7012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to learn aspects of analogue signal processing, in particular filtering.
Embedded Systems (ENGGMG7013) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to learn the structured design of embedded systems and the concept of reconfigurable hardware.
Robotics (ENGGMG7017) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to become familiar with modern industrial robot concepts, applications and programming.
Systems and Control (ENGGMG7018) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to predict and implement the desired behaviour of industrial control systems.
Project Management (ENGGMG7025) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply project management principles, concepts and techniques
Power Systems (ENGGMG7110) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of three-phase power generation and transmission systems with an emphasis on generation, transmission and distribution systems.

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Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects including 14 in Physics and 14 in Maths and English language requirements or relevant and equivalent qualifications, special and discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,750$17,251
Government tuition subsidy: $12,638$37,914
Total:$18,388$55,165

Compulsory Student Services Fee
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National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$56,967
Earnings range$49,213 - $62,036
In employment75%
In further study35%
On a benefit5%

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