New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil) (Level 6)

Become an engineering technician. Put engineering theory into practice and perform technical operations to professional standards. Specialise in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering. The diploma is accredited nationally and internationally.

What you will learn

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Drawing
  • Report production
  • Engineering management


Accredited qualification

You'll focus on gaining the skills and attributes of an engineering technician. We use the Engineering New Zealand graduate profile for technicians, which is benchmarked internationally to the Dublin Accord.


Choose a specialisation

Specialise in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering.


Civil engineering
  • Land surveying

  • Civil and structural drawing

  • Hydraulics

  • Highway engineering

  • Geotechnical engineering

  • Traffic engineering

  • Water systems

  • Waste systems

  • Structures


Electrical engineering
  • Electrical and electronic principles

  • Electrical machines

  • Introduction to networks

  • PLC programming

  • Power engineering


Mechanical engineering
  • CAD

  • Mechanics

  • Materials

  • Fluid mechanics

  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer

  • Strength of materials

  • Manufacturing processes


Career options

Become an engineering technician in the fields of civil, electrical or mechanical engineering.


Entry criteria

Under 20 years

10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 1, or higher, 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four subjects - including at least 12 credits in maths (preferably credits in algebra, calculus or trigonometry), or successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Engineering), or equivalent qualification/relevant trades training and experience.

20+ years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the entry criteria as provided on the Under 20 information.

International students

Minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5 or equivalent.


Documents and other details

Selection Sheet - February Start (PDF 98KB)

Selection Sheet - July Start  (PDF 99KB)

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