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School of Building Construction

In the School of Building Construction, we're passionate about making a difference and shaping the world we live in. We off a range of programmes that cover the built environment. From civil engineering to quantity surveying, our programmes are highly informed by industry and are practical, hands-on, interactive and self-paced; as practical engineers and construction professionals, we’re doers not just thinkers. This is an ideal environment to get you familiar with your field before you even step a foot into the workplace.

School overview

In the School of Building Contruction, we deliver and manage programmes that closely align to construction related industries:

With continuous infrastructure development, New Zealand alone needs thousands of skilled new talent over the next 10 years. We know it can be difficult to be skilled when your studying full-time, which is why at Unitec we focus on providing practical up to date and cutting edge teaching and learning, early exposure to industry and prospective employers, and providing the skills and knowledge that will help our graduates future proof their careers.

Our staff hold a wealth of experience and are experts in their fields. Many of our Civil Engineering staff for example are Chartered Professional Engineers, members of Engineering New Zealand, or members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and Licensed Cadastral Surveyors. A significant number of our lecturers also work in the industry, bringing current best practice to the curriculum.

We have close working relationships with many industry organisations. These contacts ensure our programmes are not only up-to-date but anticipates emerging developments to reflect current best practices and the latest industry trends; legislation; and local, global and environmental issues.

 

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying 3 22 weeks full-time (3 days a week) Apprentice Plumber, Apprentice Gasfitter, Apprentice Drainlayer
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) 4 Full-time for 6 months, or part-time options available Business Owners/Operators, Construction Assistant, Construction Co-ordinator, Contract administrator, Assistant Project Manager
New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying 4 Part-time for up to 2 years Tradesman Drainlayer
New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting 4 Part-time for up to 4 years Tradesman Gasfitter
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing 4 4 years part-time Tradesman Plumber
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) 5 Part-time options available. Main Contract Supervisor, Business Owners/Operators
New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology 6 Full-time for two years, or part-time options available Architectural technician, Architectural designer, Senior architectural designer, Urban designer, Landscape architect, Design manager, Consultant design practice owner
New Zealand Diploma in Construction 6 Full-time for two years, or part-time options available Construction Management technician, Quantity surveyor
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) 6 Full-time for two years or part-time options available Civil or structural engineering employment with a civil engineering consulting practice, Engineering laboratory operation and management, Civil or structural engineering employment with a civil engineering contractor, Site and project engineer
New Zealand Diploma in Surveying 6 Full-time for two years or part-time options can be negotiated. Surveyor, Engineering surveyor, Survey project manager, Tunnelling and mining surveyor, CAD operator
Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) 7 Domestic students: Full-time for two years and then part-time for two years or as negotiated on a case-by-case basis (based on a February start). International students: 3 years full-time. Construction quantity surveyor, Consultant quantity surveyor, Commercial manager, Project manager, Property financial adviser
Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management) 7 Domestic students: Full-time for two years and then part-time for two years or as negotiated on a case-by-case basis (based on a February start). International students: 3 years full-time. Construction site manager, Project manager, Project planner, Property developer
Bachelor of Construction (Property Development) 7 Domestic students: Full-time for two years and then part-time for two years or as negotiated on a case-by-case basis (based on a February start). International students: 3 years full-time. Commercial property manager, Company owner, Project manager, Property consultant, Property developer
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Civil engineer (design), Civil engineering project and/or construction manager, Geotechnical engineer, Roading-transportation engineer, Structural engineer, Water/environmental engineer
Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management 7 Full-time for 1 year (including 2 x 2-week block courses per semester). Part-time options available. Site manager, Project manager, Construction manager

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