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Programme overview

Want to pursue a career as an electrical technician? The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) is an industry-recognised qualification that allows you to focus on power.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of electrical engineering theory and practice and will develop the knowledge and skills to work as an engineering technician on construction sites and in engineering workplaces.


  • A nationally developed and internationally recognised engineering qualification
  • Supported by the electrical engineering industry, including the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)
  • A step towards IPENZ membership: completion of the programme, combined with a period of work experience, provides eligibility to apply for membership of IPENZ
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35-60 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 electrical engineering
  • Cross-credits towards the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical)


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

This programme can cross-credit into the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical).

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. NCEA Level 2 including:

  • A total of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 in four different subjects.
  • Your 48 credits must also include at least 12 credits in Mathematics (preferably with achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry) and a minimum of 8 credits in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).

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 meet the requirements? 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

Compulsory Courses

level 4:



Engineering Fundamentals

DE 4102

Engineering Mathematics 1


Technical Literacy


Electrical Principles


Electrical Electronic Applications

level 5:



Power Engineering


PLC Programming 1


Electronic Principles

DE 5404

Electrical Machines


Introduction to Networks

level 6:


DE 6101

Eng Management

DE 6102

Engineering Project

Elective Courses

Level 6



Power Systems 1


Electrical Building services


PLC Programming 2


Sustainable Energy and Power El







The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

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Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: 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.

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


2 Years

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  N/AN/A
Government tuition subsidy: N/AN/A

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$53,980
Earnings range$44,162 - $68,197
In employment61%
In further study37%
On a benefit1%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.