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You can study Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Unitec

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Life without electricity? It’s impossible to imagine. Today, electrical and electronic technology is everywhere - in telecommunications, security systems, and smart buildings. Find out what it can do with one of Unitec’s electrical or electronic engineering programmes.

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Our electrical and electronic engineering programmes are practical and hands-on. You’ll spend lots of time in the workshops and labs trying out the latest electronics equipment. It’s a great place to practice using workbench-simulated circuits, electronic workbenches and lab volt electronic computer hardware.

Study electrical engineering and you’ll learn how to test circuits, repair faults, pre-wire electrical installations and connect electric motors and transformers.

Study electronic engineering and you’ll focus on analogue, digital and computer electronics.

The certificate level electrical engineering courses are great preparation for an apprenticeship as an electrician or electrical engineer. They give you a good grounding in electrical theory, as well as teaching you about the equipment you’ll use on the job and safe working techniques.

Whatever you choose you’ll be supervised by our expert staff who have years of experience in electrical, electronics and computer engineering.

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 START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 1 year, or part-time options available Apprentice electrician  February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) 6 Full-time for two years, or part-time options available Power systems engineer, Electrical engineer, Electrical services engineer, Electronics engineer, Computer engineer, Control systems engineer, Telecommunications engineer, Robotics/automation engineer February or July
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic) 6 Full-time for two years, or part-time options available Electronics engineer, Computer engineer, Control systems engineer, Telecommunications engineer, Robotics/automation engineer, Network administrator, Network designer, Network technician, Systems engineer February or July
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Electronics engineer, Electrical engineer, Electrical services engineer, Power systems engineer, Control systems engineer, Robotics/automation engineer February or July

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short courses DURATION  
Electrical Appliance Service Person Endorsed to Disconnect and Reconnect This short course will permit you to carry out maintenance, testing and supervision of work carried out on 250V appliances and equipment designed to connect.
Electrician Stage Three Practical Assessment ETECS179 Completion of this assessment only course is for those who require Stage Three assessing.
Electrician Stage One and Two Practical Assessment ETECS178 Completion of this assessment only course is for those who require Stage One and Stage Two assessing.
EWRB Practicing License S176 This course is for those who wish to renew their practising license and are EWRB registered.
Electrical Service Technician (EST) 2 months, 15 days This short course will permit you to carry out maintenance, testing and supervision of work carried out on 400V appliances and equipment designed to connect.
Limited Certificate Training License This one week short course covers the EWRB safety training requirements which includes tuition in safe working practices, testing (to ensure safety), CPR, and basic first aid.
Electrician's Regulations Refresher Course This 5 day short course prepares you for the Electrical Workers’ Registration Board (EWRB) Electricians Regulations exam as it consolidates prior regulatory knowledge, overviews examination techniques and covers previous examination...
Electrician's Theory Refresher Course 6 days This 5 day short course will help you prepare to sit the Electrical Workers’ Registration Board (EWRB) Electricians AC Theory examination.

Apprenticeships

How do I get an apprenticeship?
To become a qualified electrician or electronics technician you need to complete approximately four years of theory and practical work experience. If you’re just starting out in the industry, you could take the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3) to learn the theory and basic skills before you start your apprenticeship. Most employers in the electrotechnology industry prefer apprentices to have studied before they start work.
Can I get cross-credits towards my apprenticeship?
Yes, you can cross-credit what you've completed in the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering towards a selection of National Certificate in Electrical Engineering unit standards, which can reduce the time it takes to complete your apprenticeship.
You can complete the rest of the NZQA National Certificate unit standards and the Electrical Workers' Registration Board (EWRB) exams during your apprenticeship. This will take another two to three years and then you can apply to become a registered electrician or electronics engineer.
What if I'm already working in the industry?
If you’re already in an apprenticeship and want to become a registered electrician, you can complete the NZQA unit standards by studying the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering while you work. You need to attend classes two nights a week for three years and complete the practical unit standards in your workplace. When you’ve completed the unit standards you can apply to the EWRB to become a registered electrician.

Māori and Pacific scholarships

If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 18 to 34, and you want to train as an electrical engineer, Unitec has a scholarship for you. We have 70 Māori and Pacific Trades Training Scholarships up for grabs which cover your tuition fees for selected certificate programmes. You will need to cover any additional course costs.
Find out more about the Māori and Pacific Trades Training Fees-free Scholarships.