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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)

Dreaming of a career in civil engineering? Gain advanced knowledge of a specialist area within engineering: environmental, geotechnical, water, roading and transportation or structural engineering.

Level
7
Credits
360 (3.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for three years or part-time options available

Programme overview

Develop the skills for a career as a Civil Engineer in this three year (full-time) Bachelor’s programme. Specialise in environmental, geotechnical, water, roading and transportation, or structural engineering. Learn to make informed decisions about civil engineering projects, and apply technology to solve practical engineering problems. Explore computer-modelling techniques, civil engineering project management, engineering materials and structures, and construction practices.

There are 5 pathways within the Civil major:

Structural engineering: design, construction, and supervision of buildings and other structures 

Water engineering: design and construction of water supply, wastewater or stormwater systems, analyse river catchment systems, hydrology and erosion management, and urban drainage systems

Geotechnical engineering: analysis, design and construction of foundations, slopes, earthworks structures and retaining walls

Roading and transportation engineering: design, construction and maintenance of roads, traffic engineering and urban transportation studies.

Environmental engineering: including fundamentals of environmental engineering, the sensitive environment, and resource and environmental management

Highlights

  • Get qualified in 3 years (full-time) and into employment sooner.
  • A nationally-recognised engineering qualification.
  • Approved under a New Zealand-wide framework for three-year engineering degrees
  • Accredited by Engineering New Zealand.  On completion of this programme, combined with a period of work experience, you'll be eligible to apply for membership of Engineering New Zealand.
  • Five different pathways: environmental, geotechnical, water, roading and transportation, or structural
  • Strong links with the engineering industry
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35-60 students
  • Cross-credits from the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) available

Qualification pathway

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

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

If English is not your first language, please be aware that to enter this programme you'll need to have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years, such as IELTS. This applies to both new students and progressing students (including NZDE graduates). 

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need:

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. Be 16 years old by the time you start this programme

3. If English is not your first language, you will need 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:

  • Equivalent academic qualifications; 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.

Courses Credits Aim
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) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain introductory theoretical and practical concepts of land surveying.
Fluid Mechanics (Civil) (ENGGMG5008) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce the principles of fluid mechanics and apply them in civil engineering hydraulic applications
Engineering Site Investigation (ENGGMG5009) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce the fundamentals of soil composition, the engineering properties of soils, and site investigation procedures.
Highway Engineering (ENGGMG5012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce the fundamentals of road materials, road construction practices, principles of drainage design, and basic geometrical alignment of a road.
Basic Structures (ENGGMG5032) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse structural elements and simple structures, and to design simple beams.
Civil Materials (ENGGMG5107) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to learn the fundamentals of geological and geomorphological processes and the properties and application of a range of civil engineering materials
Courses Credits Aim
Civil Engineering Detailing and Modelling (ENGGMG6005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to further develop the principles and practice of civil engineering drawing, detailing and modelling.
Engineering Management (ENGGMG6103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop the knowledge and skills required to administer and manage projects effectively in a specific strand of engineering
Civil Engineering Construction Practices (ENGGMG6106) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of the practical aspects of sound civil engineering practice.
Courses Credits Aim
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 (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.
Courses Credits Aim
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (ENGGMG5113) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of the biochemical interactions within our biosphere arising from natural and anthropogenic inputs.
Courses Credits Aim
Structural Steel and Timber (ENGGMG6007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop the principles and practice of structural design for steel and timber structures.
Structural Concrete (ENGGMG6008) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop the principles and practice of structural design for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures.
Hydrology and Erosion Management (ENGGMG6011) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to learn about catchment runoff, erosion, water balances and sustainable land use.
Geotechnical Engineering A (ENGGMG6012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop further knowledge of the principles and practice of geotechnical engineering
Highway Design and Maintenance (ENGGMG6014) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop knowledge of road pavement design, roading project evaluations, asset management, road maintenance and management.
Traffic Engineering (ENGGMG6015) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce traffic engineering concepts and fundamentals
Geotechnical Engineering B (ENGGMG6045) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply the principles & practice of foundation engineering in professional contexts.
Structural Principles (ENGGMG6046) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply principles and practices involved in the design of simple structures.
Water and Waste Engineering (ENGGMG6109) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To evaluate the requirements of, and design water, waste water and storm water reticulation systems.
Water and Waste Treatment (ENGGMG6110) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop knowledge and understanding of drinking water quality control parameters and treatment methods, and of current and emerging treatment technologies for liquid and solid wastes.
Sustainable Engineering (ENGGMG6116) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of how anthropogenic waste streams impact upon the natural environment and of solutions to mitigate their effects.
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.
Courses Credits Aim
Design of Structures (ENGGMG7004) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to use projects and case studies for the application of structural principles and design to broadly defined structural engineering problems.
Urban Drainage Systems (ENGGMG7005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of urban wastewater and stormwater systems.
Urban Transport Planning (ENGGMG7007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically appraise transport planning concepts and procedures in the context of urban situations.
Project Management (ENGGMG7025) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply project management principles, concepts and techniques
Resource and Environmental Management (ENGGMG7109) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of how civil engineering processes impact on the natural environment & to mitigate against their effects to achieve sustainability.