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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

Level 6

Make the most of your problem solving skills, knack for numbers and attention to detail with UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, and pursue a career as a qualified engineering technician in a wide range of high-tech industries.

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Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 2 years, full-time or part-time study options available

Dates:
27 Feb 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$6,399.20

International Fees:*
$20,310.00

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Engineering will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a qualified Engineering Technician. You will study the principles and practices for the design and development of electronics used in computer engineering, telecommunications and the power supply industries.

This 2-year programme is an excellent foundation for further study, provides you with the skills employees are looking for, and gives you the option to kick-start your career as an engineering technician. 

Highly sought by employers, an engineering technician deals with engineering problems and activities that require knowledge and use of analytical techniques and procedures. To get started in this career, you must gain certification as an Engineering Technician with the Institute of Professional Engineers, New Zealand (IPENZ).  You can also gain this certification if you live in other areas of the world that are part of the Dublin Accord.   The Dublin Accord is an agreement for the international recognition of Engineering Technician qualifications and currently offered in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.

By attaining UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) you are eligible to apply for certification as an Engineering Technologist. This specialist Diploma is accredited by NZQA and the Dublin Accord. So, you can be both nationally and internationally recognised to begin your career. 

Gaining this qualification opens up fantastic job opportunities for you both in New Zealand and overseas in the electrical and power industries.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Engineering technician
  • Production manager
  • Workshop supervisor
  • Product design and developer
  • Business owner
  • Electrical & electronic designer
  • Industrial automation & control
  • Power system designer
  • Or staircase to further study

To find out more about a career as an electrical engineer, see Careers NZ's job outlook as an electrical engineering technician.

Student & Staff Profiles

Industry Connections

  • Max Tarr Electrical
  • Powerco
  • B&M Electrical
  • Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)

Domestic Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this programme have been established by the NZBED.

Candidates should have achieved a minimum total of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 or higher in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics, or equivalent qualifications, trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience.

The entry requirements for this programme have been established by the New Zealand Board for Engineering Diplomas (NZBED).

International Entry Requirements

English proficiency entry requirements: 
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).  

 
Applicants under 20 years of age:
Applicants under 20 years of age must provide evidence of an equivalent academic qualification that meets the relevant programme requirements for entry. Please refer to the International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria Guidelines  for more details.

Scholarships

Advice & Guidance

Potential students who do not meet the minimum entry requirements should contact the Programme Leader to discuss other entry options. Students must supply their own equipment as specified in the Student Handbook.

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, (Electrical) Level 6 comprises 240 credits.

Course Information

  • Engineering Fundamentals
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Technical Literacy
  • Electrical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Applications
  • Power Engineering
  • PLC Programming 1
  • Electronic Principles
  • Electrical Machines
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Project
  • Power Systems 1
  • PLC Programming 2
  • Protection
  • Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics

Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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