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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)

Dreaming of a career in civil engineering? Gain advanced knowledge of a specialist area within engineering: environmental, geotechnical, water, roading and transportation or structural engineering.

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 skills for a career as a Civil Engineer in this three year (full-time) Bachelor’s programme. Specialise in environmental, geotechnical, water, roading and transportation, or structural engineering. Learn to make informed decisions about civil engineering projects, and apply technology to solve practical engineering problems. Explore computer-modelling techniques, civil engineering project management, engineering materials and structures, and construction practices.

There are 5 pathways within the Civil major:

Structural engineering: design, construction, and supervision of buildings and other structures 

Water engineering: including water supply, wastewater or stormwater disposal, river catchment systems, hydrology and erosion management, and urban drainage systems

Geotechnical engineering: foundation design, consolidation of fine-grained soils, improvement of slope stability, earth-retaining structures, geotechnical investigation and reports, and dewatering of construction sites 

Roading and transportation engineering: design, construction and maintenance of roads, rail, sea and airport developments, and traffic engineering and urban transportation studies 

Environmental engineering: including fundamentals of environmental engineering, the sensitive environment, and resource and environmental management

Highlights

  • Get qualified in 3 years (full-time), not 4, and 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 degrees
  • Accredited by Engineering New Zealand. On completion of this programme, combined with a period of work experience, you'll be eligible to apply for membership of Engineering New Zealand as a Technical Member (TIPENZ)
  • Five different pathways: environmental, geotechnical, water, roading and transportation, or structural
  • Strong links with the engineering industry
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35-60 students
  • Cross-credits from the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) available

Qualification pathway

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide you can use to refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll need in this programme

Cross-credits from the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) are available.

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 the following:

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. 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:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; 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 including timetables, please click on the course names below.

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 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain introductory theoretical and practical concepts of land surveying.
Fluid Mechanics (Civil) (ENGGMG5008) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students and apply the principles of fluid mechanics to engineering hydraulic situations.
Engineering Site Investigation (ENGGMG5009) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain an introduction to the principles and practice of geotechnical engineering in the context of Civil Engineering construction projects.
Highway Engineering (ENGGMG5012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain an introduction to the fundamentals of road materials, road construction practices and road maintenance techniques, as well as principles of road drainage design.
Basic Structures (ENGGMG5032) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse structural elements and simple structures, and to design simple beams.
Civil Materials (ENGGMG5107) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to learn the fundamentals of geological and geomorphological processes and the properties and application of a range of civil engineering materials
Courses Credits Aim
Civil Engineering Detailing and Modelling (ENGGMG6005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to further develop the principles and practice of civil engineering drawing, detailing and modelling.
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
Civil Engineering Construction Practices (ENGGMG6106) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of the practical aspects of sound civil engineering practice.
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
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (ENGGMG5113) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of the biochemical interactions within our biosphere arising from natural and anthropogenic inputs.
Courses Credits Aim
Structural Steel and Timber (ENGGMG6007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop the principles and practice of structural design for steel and timber structures.
Structural Concrete (ENGGMG6008) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop the principles and practice of structural design for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures.
Hydrology and Erosion Management (ENGGMG6011) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to learn about catchment runoff, erosion, water balances and sustainable land use.
Geotechnical Engineering A (ENGGMG6012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to further develop an understanding of the principles and practice of geotechnical engineering.
Engineering Geology (ENGGMG6013) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to further develop an understanding of the principles and practice of geology in the context of civil engineering.
Highway Design and Maintenance (ENGGMG6014) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop a knowledge of road design, roading project evaluation and maintenance management.
Traffic Engineering (ENGGMG6015) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically appraise urban traffic engineering concepts and procedures.
Geotechnical Engineering B (ENGGMG6045) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply the principles & practice of foundation engineering in professional contexts.
Structural Principles (ENGGMG6046) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply principles and practices involved in the design of simple structures.
Water and Waste Engineering (ENGGMG6109) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding and design expertise related to water, wastewater and storm water reticulation systems.
Water and Waste Treatment (ENGGMG6110) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop understanding of drinking water and sewage quality control parameters of current and emerging methods of treatment and disposal of liquid and solid wastes.
Sensitive Environment (ENGGMG6116) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of how anthropogenic waste streams impact upon the natural environment and of solutions to mitigate their effects.
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
Design of Structures (ENGGMG7004) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to use projects and case studies for the application of structural principles and design to broadly defined structural engineering problems.
Urban Drainage Systems (ENGGMG7005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of urban wastewater and stormwater systems.
Urban Transport Planning (ENGGMG7007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically appraise transport planning concepts and procedures in the context of urban situations.
Project Management (ENGGMG7025) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply project management principles, concepts and techniques
Geotechnical Engineering C (ENGGMG7045) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand some fundamental concepts of geotechnical earthquake engineering and to carry out simple numerical modelling of soils & foundations.
Resource and Environmental Management (ENGGMG7109) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of how civil engineering processes impact on the natural environment & to mitigate against their effects to achieve sustainability.

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Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects including 14 in Physics and 14 in Maths and English language requirements or relevant and equivalent qualifications, special and discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,922 $17,765
Government tuition subsidy:  $12,682 $38,046
Total: $18,604 $55,811

Compulsory Student Services Fee
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National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $56,967
Earnings range $49,213 - $62,036
In employment 75%
In further study 35%
On a benefit 5%

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