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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic)

Learn about the fundamentals of electronic engineering and develop the extensive practical knowledge required to work in the field of electronics. This programme also prepares you for EST registration with the EWRB.

240 (2.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
Programme is no longer offered
Full-time for two years, or part-time options available

Programme overview

Please note, this programme is no longer open for applications*.

Does a career in telecommunications or electronics sound like you? The Electronic pathway in the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering is your entry into computer programming, microcontrollers, and learning about electronic circuits and their applications. As a graduate of this programme, you’ll be able to gain employment as engineering technician in the electronics field.

This programme now also prepares you to sit the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) theory and regulations exam for the Electrical Service Technician (EST) class of registration. This registration allows you to work independently as registered electrical worker and improve your employability in your field. Read more about the EWRB exam below. 

Graduates from the NZ Diploma in Engineering - Electronic will be able to:

  • Apply engineering theory to practice working within well-defined engineering problems relevant to their specialist field of electronic engineering
  • Use your new engineering knowledge to make informed problem-solving decisions in electronic engineering and implement these decisions
  • Identify, evaluate and manage risks within well-defined engineering problems relevant to the field of electronic engineering 
  • Sit the certification exam with the EWRB and gain your Electrical Engineer registration


  • This programme is a nationally developed and internationally recognised engineering qualification
  • Internationally recognised under the Dublin Accord; this means this qualification is recognised in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and much more.
  • Work towards your EST registration and be able to work independently as registered electrical worker
  • Option to work towards your CCNA exam with CISCO and be recognised as a qualified Network Engineer/Technician (pending minimum numbers) see more info below
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35 students
  • Can serve as a pathway into graduate engineering qualifications
  • 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 electronic engineering

Qualification pathway

Once you've successfully completed this programme pathway you'll receive the qualification New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic).

This programme can cross-credit into the Bachelor programmes Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical) with an Electronics specialisation.

You may gain your EST Registration from the EWRB with successful completion of the EST theory and regulations exam, and with on-job practical experience component (currently 18 month).

Cisco certification

Within this Electronics stream of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, you have the option to take the four electives that are required to sit the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching exam.

Note: delivery of these courses will depend on reaching the minimum student numbers required to run them.

These electives are:

- DE5409 PC Engineering

- DE5410 Routing & Switching Essentials

- DE6415 Scaling Networks

- DE6416 Connecting Networks

As a student in the CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum, you’ll learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the CCNA certification exams.

While you attend the courses, you’ll be required to participate in the Online assessment. Upon successful completion, you’ll receive a course completion certificate from Cisco and if you obtain above 80% marks in the online assessment, you’ll receive discount vouchers from Cisco. This voucher will give you discounts for Cisco International Certification fees.

Once you have successfully completed your diploma you may then sit the CCNA certification exam with a Cisco accredited test centre.

Your certification makes a huge difference to your job prospects as CISCO is the dominate and in-demand certification in the world; employers wanting network engineers will look for this certification. The CCNA certification is also a pre-requite for professional and expert level training in network engineering. With high scores in the CCNA exam, you may also receive a discount on your certification exam.

Read more about Cisco CCNA here.

Admission requirements

You will need the following:

1.    Be at least 16 years old when you start this programme:
2.    A total of NCEA level 2 including a minimum of:

  • 10 literacy credits at level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013); and
  • 48 NCEA credits at level 2 in four subjects, including at least 12 credits in Mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry);


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:

  • An equivalent qualification; or
  • Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission

For more information, download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

Course Information

Compulsory courses


Class no.

Course name



Engineering Fundamentals


DE 4102

Engineering Mathematics 1



Technical Literacy



Electrical Principles



Electrical Electronic Applications



Electronic Principles



Computer Programming 1



Introduction to Networks



Electronic Manufacturing 1



Engineering Project



Eng Management



Computer Programming 2


Elective courses for the Electronics specialisation*


Class no.

Course name



Electronics 1



Microcontrollers 1

5 DE5409 PC Engineering
5 DE5410 Routing and Switching Essentials



Electronics 2



Microcontrollers 2



Electronic Manufacturing 2

6 DE6145 Scaling Networks
6 DE6416 Connecting Networks

*Other specialisations not on offer