Marine Technology

Marine Technology

Four in ten Kiwis own a boat. It’s obvious: boating is big. In fact, the marine industry is one of New Zealand’s largest manufacturing industries, with over $1.5 billion in sales. And the future is looking bright, with production expected to double over the next 15 years. That’s a lot of work for qualified boatbuilders, marine engine technicians, power boat engineers and marine craft designers. 

Unitec marine graduates are everywhere. You find them in America’s Cup teams, including Emirates Team New Zealand. Many of them work on high-performance racing yachts. Some have even worked on internationally acclaimed super yachts. 

Our staff are one reason for this graduate success. They have experience across a range of projects, including America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race boats. They know how to build winning boats and create powerful marine engines. With their help, you’ll learn to do the same. And so you can see the type of work you could do once you graduate, there’s the opportunity for work experience and visits to local employers during your studies. 

We work closely with the New Zealand Marine Industry Association and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. That’s why all courses incorporate the latest industry trends. It’s also why the Certificate in Applied Technology (Boatbuilding) and the Certificate in Applied Technology (Marine Engineering Systems) are endorsed by the New Zealand Marine Industry Training Organisation.


Marine Technology programmes 

To learn boatbuilding skills and prepare for employment in the marine industry:

To prepare yourself for an apprenticeship in marine engineering systems:

To qualify with a degree in Marine Technology:

Last edited: 19 September 2013  

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