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Bachelor of Applied Technology - Electrotechnology

The fast-growing field of electrical and electronic technology demands more technologists who not only understand the technician’s field of work but also have a good grasp on business. This unique programme can help prepare you for a range of technology-related roles.

360 (3.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February and July
Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options available

Programme overview

Keep pace with the rapid advances in technology, as well as the technical, business and interpersonal skills required in the field of electrical and electronic technology. This programme will help you to discover what it takes to develop and service electrical and electronics equipment. You’ll also learn how to extend your technical, business and interpersonal skills to be able to critically evaluate, problem solve, and work cross-functionally to prepare for supervisory and/or management roles.

Upon graduating from this programme, you’ll have a good understanding of the industry, and would have gained transferable skills and confidence in management and problem solving. You’ll also be able to use conceptual thinking and innovative technology practice to provide effective industry solutions. There are highly desirable skills and knowledge sought after in the industry, which means that your learnings from this programme could lead to career progression, creative invention or thought leadership, as well as entrepreneurial enterprise.


  • Great industry links: thanks to our strong ties with industry sponsors, you get to hone your skills using the latest electronics software, work-bench-simulated circuits, mechatronics and electronic workbenches and microprocessor hardware. There’s even opportunity for them to sponsor your final-year project.
  • You'll undertake a major industry project in your final year, giving you a chance to make valuable contacts.
  • The mix of theory and practical work will provide you with the knowledge to confidently apply your skills in a wide range of situations and/or turn your inventive ideas into reality.

Qualification pathway

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme pathway, you'll receive the qualification: Bachelor of Applied Technology.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you need:

1. All the following NZCEA credits

  • 42 NCEA credits or more at Level 3 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), with: 14 credits in any two of the following subjects: Physics, Mathematics, Statistics and Modelling, or any other technical domain. And a further 14 credits taken from no more than two additional domains on the NZQF; AND
  • ii. a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics or pangarau on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework; AND
  • iii. a minimum of eight credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (a minimum of four in reading and four in writing);

2. OR a relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above; OR

3. OR International equivalent requirements;

4. OR Recognition of Prior Learning from relevant educational study

If you don’t meet the academic criteria, we have a range of Foundation and Bridging Education programmes which will help you prepare for further academic study.

International Student English Requirements

If English is not your first language, please refer to Unitec’s Admission Requirements Guidelines (page 7).

If you don’t meet the English criteria, we also have a range of English Language programmes available to help you get there.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.

For more information, download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2023; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Technology Skills 1 (APTE5101) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce and develop effective skills for the investigations and learning required for studies in technology.
Technology Skills 2 (APTE5102) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop knowledge and understanding of industry structures, Treaty of Waitangi//Tiriti o Waitangi implications, small business practices, and use of industry software in selected areas of technology.
Courses Credits Aim
Sustainable Technologies (APTE6103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to investigate sustainable technology principles and integrate this knowledge within a local context.
Technology Practice (APTE6104) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to investigate and apply systems of environmental resource management and sustainability
Courses Credits Aim
Industry Investigation (APTE7105) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to investigate an area of industry and to compose and present a formal research proposal.
Industry Project (APTE7106) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To enable the student to conduct research within the context of an industry area
Courses Credits Aim
Technology Materials (APTE5201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the properties, performance and applications of common materials relevant to technologies.
Engineering Computer Aided Design (APTE5202) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop introductory knowledge and skills of Draughting and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) related to a particular technical discipline
Engineering Mechanics (APTE5203) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students’ knowledge and skills to the application of mechanical engineering science principles in relation to their specific area of study.
Electrical and Electronic Principles (APTE5601) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to gain an understanding of electromagnetic principles and their applications in circuits and amplifiers.
Analogue Electronics (APTE5602) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to consolidate fundamental electronic knowledge through applications with amplifiers.
Single Phase Installations (APTE5604) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop fundamental electrical knowledge of single phase installations and appliances.
Poly Phase Installations (APTE5605) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop understanding of three phase circuit theory as applied to power engineering.
Computer Programming (APTE5606) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop an understanding in the practice of a disciplined approach to computer programming.
Courses Credits Aim
Engineering Concept Modelling (APTE6201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to use modelling and analysis techniques applicable to the areas of study.
Steering and Suspension (APTE6507) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse theoretical and practical aspects of steering and suspension
Automotive Professional Practice (APTE6511) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) The purpose of this course is to enable the student to discuss the operational requirements of an automotive workshop at level 6 .
Applied Control Engineering 1 (APTE6612) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to extend their control engineering knowledge for specialist applications in electro-automation, data communication systems, mechatronics and robotic systems
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) (APTE6614) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To extend the students knowledge and programming skills for PLCs, using advanced PLC control techniques. To introduce the concepts of automation networking and network programming.
Courses Credits Aim
Electrical Machine Dynamics (APTE7611) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the students with an understanding of dc and ac electrical machine dynamics and control.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.