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Academy Foundation Electrical Engineering

Level 2

Discover if a career in electrical engineering is right for you, while still in secondary school with the UCOL Academy Foundation Electrical Engineering Programme.

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 1 day a week

Starting: Week of 12 Feb 2024
Finishing: Week ending 27 Sep 2024
Delivery days:
Masterton - Tuesdays
Whanganui - Fridays

In this programme our tutors will lead you through the electrical principles of basic magnetism and electromagnetism, basic understanding of electrical and electronic components, electrical mathematics and calculations, electrical circuit concepts, designing and the manufacture of an electronic project; all the while being carefully shown how to operate within a safe working environment.

How to apply

If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the application form below:

 Course Hours & Duration

Delivered in Masterton on Tuesdays, 9am - 3pm.

Delivered in Whanganui on Fridays, 9am - 3pm.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy Foundation Electrical Engineering Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in electrical engineering. 

If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary study in:
New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3)

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Electrical Engineers, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This programme comprises 28 credits.

Unit Standard 5911 (Level 1) (Version 5) (1 Credit)
Explain basic magnetism and electromagnetism as applied to the electrotechnology industry.

Unit Standard 5922 (Level 2) (Version 7) (2 Credits) 
Use cutting tools and machines in the performance of electrical installation and maintenance.

Unit Standard 6626 (Level 2) (Version 7) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of electrical and electronic components.

Unit Standard 18239 (Level 2) (Version 8) (5 Credits) 
Demonstrate introductory knowledge of circuit concepts and measurements for electronics.

Unit Standard 18241 (Level 2) (Version 8) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of basic electronic systems.

Unit Standard 18243 (Level 2) (Version 8) (6 Credits)
Construct a simple electronic product from a supplied circuit schematic.

Unit Standard 23751 (Level 2) (Version 6) (6 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of electrical calculations and theory, test instruments, and components of electrical equipment.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or learners with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
Mechanical Technologies
Digital Technologies

For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for the UCOL Academy Mechanical Engineering Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

Fees-free when criteria are met.

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Learners must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.