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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.

Level
6
Credits
240 (2.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for two years, or part-time options available

Programme overview

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

Highlights

  • This programme is a nationally developed and internationally recognised engineering qualification. 
  • 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). Read more about the EST Registration below

EST Registration

To apply to EWRB for EST registration you must:

1. Pass the theory and regulations exam (Unitec prepares you for this)

2. Complete on job practical experience component (currently 18 month)

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic) prepares you to sit the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) theory and regulations exam for the Electrical Service Technician (EST) class of registration.

To do this, you’ll need to complete courses DE4401 and DE4402 within this diploma. You’ll then need to apply directly to EWRB to sit the exam.

Once you gain employment in the electrical or electronics industries you can then apply to EWRB for the Trainee Limited Certificate (TLC). This certificate will allow you to carry out electrical prescribed work under supervision (a nominated supervisor who has an appropriate registration and current practicing licence) for their on-job eighteen months’ experience. Prior to applying for TLC, students must also complete safety training, also offered at Unitec - view Unitec short short courses here.

Upon successful completion of your on-job practical experience component, you can then apply to EWRB for EST registration. This registration means that you’re a registered electrician and can therefore work independently (unsupervised) on prescribed electrical work. This will give you more skills, capability and be able to work more independently as an electronics engineer.

For more information about how to register visit EWRB.govt.nz.

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

For this programme, 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);

 

2. 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

Level

Class no.

Course name

4

DE4101

Engineering Fundamentals

4

DE 4102

Engineering Mathematics 1

4

DE4103

Technical Literacy

4

DE4401

Electrical Principles

4

DE4402

Electrical Electronic Applications

5

DE5403

Electronic Principles

5

DE5405

Computer Programming 1

5

DE5408

Introduction to Networks

5

DE5414

Electronic Manufacturing 1

6

DE6102

Engineering Project

6

DE6101

Eng Management

6

DE6412

Computer Programming 2

 

 

Elective courses for the Electronics specialisation*

Level

Class no.

Course name

5

DE5407

Electronics 1

5

DE5406

Microcontrollers 1

5 DE5409 PC Engineering
5 DE5410 Routing and Switching Essentials

6

DE6402

Electronics 2

6

DE6417

Microcontrollers 2

6

DE6408

Electronic Manufacturing 2

6 DE6145 Scaling Networks
6 DE6416 Connecting Networks

*Other specialisations not on offer.

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Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: Applicants must have a total of 48 NCEA credits at level 2 in their best four subjects, including maths, graphics and a science related subject. English language and selection criteria may apply.

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Median earnings $53,980Info Icon
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