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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical)

Are you passionate about a career in electronic or electrical engineering? The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical) will equip you with the knowledge and skills for employment as an engineer, specialising in electronics, power, or mechatronics.

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 expertise for a career as an electronics engineer or electrical engineer and explore subjects including engineering computing, mechanics, mathematics, design and drawing and professional practice in this 3 year (full-time) programme.

Learn how to use your practical and analytical skills to resolve electrical engineering problems and acquire in-depth knowledge of your chosen specialisation: in either electronics, power or mechatronics engineering.

There are 3 pathways within this major. Choose from:

Mechatronics: This is the pathway for you if you want to work with robotics and automation to produce better products and processes. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that requires you to combine learning and work across several engineering fields including mechanical, electronics, computer, telecommunications, systems and control engineering. 

Power: This field deals with the generation, transmission, distribution, and utilisation of electric power and the related electrical systems. Work in this field can include designing the equipment or systems that produce, use or distribute electricity. It could also lead to supervising, maintenance or operations of these systems and equipment.

Electronics: This is the science of electrically controlling electrical energy through circuits using active and passive electrical components and interconnection technology. This will lead to work in design, development, testing, and/or supervision of the manufacturing of electrical equipment.

Highlights

  • Get qualified in three years (full-time study), not four, and get into employment sooner.
  • A nationally-led engineering qualification developed by six of New Zealand's largest institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).
  • Approved under a new New Zealand-wide framework for three-year engineering technology degrees.
  • Accredited by the Engineering New Zealand. Completion of this programme, combined with a period of work experience, will make you eligible to apply for membership of Engineering New Zealand as a Technical Member (TIPENZ).
  • Internationally recognised under the Sydney Accord; this means this qualification is recognised in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and much more.
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35-60 students.
  • Strong links with the engineering industry.
  • Focus on real-world learning: observe the day-to-day activities of engineering sites, and take part in lab work, workshops and debates.
  • Visiting industry experts will give you a real feel for the career opportunities available in electrical engineering.

Qualification pathway

If you have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) or the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic), you will receive cross credits into this programme.

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

English

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, 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
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.
Electrical Principles (ENGGMG5034) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand general electrical and power circuit theory principles and skills
Electronic Principles (ENGGMG5035) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the students with an understanding of general electronics and the basic building blocks of electronics as required for subsequent courses.
Courses Credits Aim
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
Engineering Project (ENGGMG6136) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To apply knowledge and problem-solving skills to plan and complete an engineering project relevant to the strand studied (mechanical, electrical or electronics) to accepted practice and standards from a given specification.
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
Elements of Power Engineering (ENGGMG5016) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop understanding of three phase circuit theory as applied to power engineering and ELV earthing and protection systems.
Electrical Machines (ENGGMG5017) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain an understanding of DC and single and three phase AC electrical machines, motor control and transformers.
PLC Programming 1 (ENGGMG5018) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop understanding an application skills for the programming of PLCs in solving simple industrial problems
Instrumentation and Control 1 (ENGGMG5026) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of intermediate knowledge of industrial measurement and control system engineering
Courses Credits Aim
PLC Programming 2 (ENGGMG6019) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of, and an advanced knowledge of PLC systems, applications, and programming methods
Automation (ENGGMG6020) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to learn modern advanced automation systems and practice used in industry.
Electronic Design (ENGGMG6024) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain the skills necessary for electronic circuit design.
Instrumentation and Control 2 (ENGGMG6031) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of advanced industrial measurement and control systems including detailed measurement and control strategies, advanced control systems, and elementary process modelling.
Mechanics of Machines (ENGGMG6033) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop understanding to solve complex problems involved with machinery dynamics such as power transmission, balancing, noise, and lubrication systems.
Protection (ENGGMG6047) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the students with an understanding of electrical power system fault protection concepts for both MV & HV systems.
Power Distribution (ENGGMG6117) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand three-phase power systems with an emphasis on distribution systems and building services.
Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics (ENGGMG6118) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the concepts and applications of power electronics including basic converter types and applications involving small scale renewable energy systems
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
Electrical Machine Dynamics (ENGGMG7011) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain an understanding of AC electrical machine dynamics and control and power transformers.
Signal Processing (ENGGMG7012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to learn aspects of analogue signal processing, in particular filtering.
Embedded Systems (ENGGMG7013) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to learn the structured design of embedded systems and the concept of reconfigurable hardware.
Robotics (ENGGMG7017) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to become familiar with modern industrial robot concepts, applications and programming.
Systems and Control (ENGGMG7018) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to predict and implement the desired behaviour of industrial control systems.
Project Management (ENGGMG7025) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply project management principles, concepts and techniques
Risk Management (ENGGMG7026) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to learn and apply the principles and processes of Risk Management in the context of engineering and business management.
Power Systems (ENGGMG7110) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain an understanding of three-phase power generation and transmission systems with an emphasis on generation, transmission and distribution systems.

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.