New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil)

Programme summary  Career opportunities  Courses & timetables  Admission requirements

6, 240 2.0
Full-time for two years or part-time options available
Starts February or July
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November
NZ$5474 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Gain a solid grounding in civil engineering to help create, improve and protect our environment. Apply theory to practice and provide the expertise needed to successfully complete civil engineering projects.

Explore civil engineering concepts, contract administration and construction practice. You'll gain a solid understanding of water engineering, structural engineering and road infrastructures, and perfect your civil and structural drafting skills.

There is great demand for technically trained engineers worldwide, in particular those with a specialisation, so the diploma allows you to focus on one of three areas:

  • Structures - the building of dams, bridges, high-rise buildings, viaducts and wharves.
  • Fluids - flood protection, harbour development, erosion control, water reticulation, stormwater and waste management.
  • Transportation - the design, construction and maintenance of roads, rail, sea and airport developments.


  • Unitec is the largest provider of technician civil engineering training in New Zealand.
  • Supported by the civil engineering industry, including the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).
  • A step towards IPENZ membership: once you've gained a suitable period of work experience as a qualified civil engineering technician, you'll be eligible for Associate Membership (AIPENZ).
  • Can serve as a pathway into graduate engineering qualifications.
  • Focus on real-world learning: observe the day-to-day activities of engineering sites, and take part in lab work, land surveying, role plays, workshops and debates.
  • A group project where you tackle an engineering problem in a real organisation.
  • Visiting industry experts who will give you a real feel for the career opportunities available in civil engineering.
  • Cross-credits towards the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) or Bachelor of Engineering (Civil).

Prepare for success

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide so you can refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll use on this programme.


Last edited: 17 October 2013