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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

Level 6

UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Engineering will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a qualified engineering technician in a wide range of high-tech industries.

An Electrical Engineering student takes a reading at our Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North

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

Palmerston North
29 February 2016 - 2 December 2016
semester two start 25 July 2016

Domestic Fees:*

International Fees:*

* 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.

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) with strand in electrical engineering has achieved Dublin Accord status to give you international recognition and is supported by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

This electrical engineering course can also take time off a Bachelor of Engineering degree should you wish to continue on to further study. This qualification will also provide the engineering industry with engineering technicians specialised in electrical engineering. Upon completion of this programme, you will be capable of operating at a technician level scope of practice as outlined by the Dublin Accord (International Engineering Alliance, 2002).

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

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

Student & Staff Profiles

  • Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Power Specialisation) Graduate accepting scholarship award.

    Tom Wilson

    Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Power Specialisation) Graduate

    Tom's scholarship cemented that he had made the right change to trades.

    Meet Tom

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.

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.

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
  • PLC Programming 2
  • Protection
  • Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics


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.