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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

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, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2020; 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 enable students to gain an understanding of general electronics and the basic building blocks of electronics as required for subsequent courses.
Courses Credits Aim
Engineering Management Principles (ENGGMG6103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of management and organisational concepts in the implementation of engineering projects
Design (ENGGMG6136) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to determine and apply the processes required to analyse engineering design problems and identify possible solutions.
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 enable students to gain an understanding of general three-phase circuit theory principles, 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 enable students to learn to the use of PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) in industry and to enable them to learn skills with modern PLC programming tools.
Electronics 1 (ENGGMG5019) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to extend their knowledge of the analysis of electronic circuits and the use of simulation programs to determine circuit performance.
Microcontroller Systems 1 (ENGGMG5020) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain the practical and theoretical basics of microcontroller architecture required for working with the current microcontroller devices.
Electronics Manufacturing 1 (ENGGMG5021) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain an introduction to the design and production process of electronic printed circuit board manufacturing and methods of testing.
Programming for Engineers 1 (ENGGMG5022) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to learn foundational object-oriented programming.
Instrumentation and Control 1 (ENGGMG5026) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to learn the principles and applications of industrial instrumentation and control techniques.
Courses Credits Aim
PLC Programming 2 (ENGGMG6019) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to extend their knowledge and programming skills for PLCs, using advanced PLC control techniques and to learn the concepts of automation, networking and network programming.
Automation (ENGGMG6020) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to learn modern advanced automation systems and practice used in industry.
Microcontroller Systems 2 (ENGGMG6022) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to microcontroller systems by considering a range of peripheral device interfacing with competence tested by a design project.
Instrumentation and Control 2 (ENGGMG6031) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply instrumentation and control analysis and design tools to the solution of industrial control problems.
Fluid Mechanics (Mech) (ENGGMG6032) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand and apply the principles of fluid statics and dynamics to common engineering problems
Mechanics of Machines (ENGGMG6033) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply problem solving skills to the dynamics of machines in particular power transmission systems.
Protection (ENGGMG6047) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the students to gain 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 enable students 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.
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
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.