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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.

Explore your options

Whether you're interested in becoming an electrician, or an electrical or electronic engineer, Unitec offers practical, industry aligned programmes that gear you up for the work place and so you'll be work ready even before you graduate.

Are you interested in electrical trades? Study the pre-trade training programme New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3) and you'll enjoy practical, guided, hands-on training. This programme is great preparation for an apprenticeship as an electrician or electrical engineer. You'll get a good grounding in electrical theory, learn and use the equipment you’ll use on the job and safe working techniques. You’ll spend lots of time in the workshops and labs too, in our purpose built trades training building, Mataaho

If you're looking to focus on engineering, you can study in our internationally recognised diplomas or bachelor programmes. Here you can pathway into 3 majors; power, electronic or mechatronics.

  • In electrical engineering you’ll learn how to test circuits, repair faults, pre-wire electrical installations and connect electric motors and transformers.
  • Electronic engineering involves focusing on analogue, digital and computer electronics.
  • While mechatronics students work with world-class emulation equipment for industrial robotics, power generation, transmission and distribution.

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   Description
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)   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   This 5 day short course will help you prepare to sit the Electrical Workers’ Registration Board (EWRB) Electricians AC Theory examination.
Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (EAS)   This short course covers the theory and practical requirements set out by the Electricity Regulations, including practical assessment, and leads up to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) theory examination. Topics...

Apprenticeships

Find out how Unitec can help you into an Electrical Apprenticeship.

Māori and Pacific scholarships

If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 18 to 34, and you want to undertake the electrician pre-trade programme, Unitec has a scholarship for you. We have a number of 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.