Mechanical engineering provides an opportunity to change the world, using practical skills and innovative thinking to push the boundaries of what is possible. This is the place where ideas turn into reality. You’ll learn to produce safer, cheaper and more efficient machines and mechanical systems – putting things in motion to make life easier. Mechanical engineering skills are required for virtually everything that can be made so the opportunities are endless, and with a recognised shortage of technicians in this country the job prospects and pay rates are high. The course covers topics like advanced maths, mechanics, thermodynamics, materials, fluids and electricity using technical drawing and computer-aided engineering tools (CAD). Our well-equipped labs will let you put your theory into practice, field trips give you valuable insights into local workplaces, and the small class sizes ensure you’ll get all the support you need to succeed.
- Great job opportunities due to a nationwide / international shortage of engineers
- Many businesses use the part-time option, one or two days a week, to up-skill their employees
- Graduates can pathway into a degree if desired
You'll cover topics like advanced maths, mechanics, thermodynamics, materials, fluids, engineering science and electricity, and use computer-aided engineering tools (CAD). Our well-equipped labs let you complete practical experiments, field trips give you valuable insights into local workplaces, and the small class sizes ensure you’ll get all the support you need to succeed. You'll develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities that will equip you to work in mechanical engineering and its related fields as a technician. You'll gain knowledge of engineering sciences, materials and processes as well as management skills. Using specialised equipment in our teaching labs, learn computer aided design techniques, conduct materials and failure testing, and demonstrate practical applications of engineering theories. Topics include: YEAR ONE Courses
- Mech4001 Engineering Fundamentals
- Mech4005 Engineering Mathematics 1
- Comm4010 Technical Literacy
- Mech3006 Engineering Practice
- Mech4004 Material Properties
- Mech4003 Mechanics
- Mech5004 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
- Mech4002 Engineering CAD
YEAR TWO Courses
- Mech5001 Electrical Fundamentals
- Mech5003 Strength of Materials1
- Mech5002 Manufacturing Processes
- Mech6003 Fluid Mechanics
- Mech6005 Engineering Management
- Mech6001 Engineering Project
- Mech6004 Strength Of Materials 2
- Mech6003 Mechanics of Machines
- Mech6006 Advanced Materials
- Particulate Material Dynamics
New Zealand is crying out for more engineering technicians and the pay rates are excellent. Graduates can work in a diverse range of industries such as aviation, biotechnology, automotive, air- conditioning and refrigeration, robotics, defence and energy, and the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products. Research and development is a logical destination for graduates, working as technical support engineers, supervising technicians, technical and production engineers, and production or production maintenance managers. Tasks include doing feasibility studies on existing systems; researching different energy, machinery and material options; preparing plans and drawings of machines or machine parts; preparing cost estimates; supervising the building and installation, or the repair and replacement of systems; and reviewing and testing new systems. Potential Employers
- Building and Construction Companies
- Product Research and Development Companies
- Aviation, Boat Building and Automotive Industries
- Agriculture Sector
- Power, Thermal and Alternative Energy Companies
- Mining Industry
Looking for a bright future? Electrical engineering will get you there! Technology is rapidly changing the world which means our Diploma technicians are in hot demand. This practical course is for anyone who has an inquisitive mind – people who enjoy maths, hands-on analytical tasks, and making things work. You’ll learn how to design and interpret technical electronic instructions and also develop, install, test and maintain all the different types of equipment that produce, transmit and use power. Well-equipped labs will give you the chance to turn theory into reality and small class sizes ensure every individual gets the support they need to succeed. Topics include technical literacy, power generation, sustainable energy, electrical and electronic principles and application. Technical skills are needed for everything that requires or generates power, so the opportunities are limitless.
- Great job opportunities due to a nationwide and international shortage of electrical engineers
- Many businesses use the part-time study option, one or two days a week, to up-skill their employees
- Students can pathway into a degree
- MECH4001 Engineering Fundamentals - Fundamentals of a range of engineering disciplines.
- MECH4005 Engineering Mathematics 1 - Mathematical skills, concepts and understandings required to perform calculations and solve problems within engineering contexts.
- COMM4010 Technical Literacy - Technical research skills, as well as oral, written, graphical interpersonal communication skills.
- ELEL4027 Electrical Principles - General fundamental electrical circuit principles.
- ELEL4024 Electrical and Electronic Applications (ELEL4025) - Application of general fundamental electrical and electronic principles.
- ELEL5008 PLC Programming 1 - Programming PLCs to solve simple industrial problems.
- ELEL5016 Electronic Principles - Develop further understanding of the application of fundamental electronic principles.
- ELEL5002 Power Engineering (ELEL4025) Three phase circuit theory as applied to power engineering.
Year Two The numbers in brackets denote prerequisite courses.
- MECH5005 Engineering Mathematics 2 (MECH4005) - Mathematical principles and engineering mathematical skills to solve engineering problems.
- ELEL6006 PLC Programming 2 (ELEL4025) - Advanced knowledge of PLC systems, applications, and programming methods.
- ELEL5001 Electrical Machines (ELEL5009) Single and three phase electrical machines.
- ELEL5017 Introduction to Networks – Introduction to the architecture, structure and functions and models of the internet to enable students to build a simple LAN.
- ELEL6011 Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics (ELEL4401/ELEL5016/MECH4005) Concepts and applications of power electronics involved in small scale renewable energy systems.
- ELEL6001 Power Systems (ELEL5002) Three phase power systems and distribution systems.
- MECH6005 Engineering Management - Administering and managing projects effectively.
- ELEL6002 Engineering Project (Electrical) (Comm4010) - An electrotechnology project derived from given specifications.
With the increasing and ever-changing technology in our homes and workplaces, demand for people with diploma level electrical and electronic skills will keep rising. So if you’re looking for job security, this is it! You’ll graduate with the skills needed for a range of engineering roles – from technical support and supervision, to production and maintenance management. You can pursue careers in electronic and computer system maintenance and development; residential construction; heating and ventilation; the defence force; the pulp and paper industry; telecommunications; and power, thermal and alternative energy companies. Job prospects are good because there is a nationwide shortage of qualified technicians. The Christchurch rebuild needs plenty of workers, but if you don’t want to head south there are lots of opportunities in other regions as the government upgrades the national grid and power companies build new substations to meet increasing demand for power. Potential Employers
- Electrical Maintenance Companies
- Electrical Development Businesses
- Power Generation Companies
- Road and Rail Networks
- Industrial and Manufacturing Companies
- Telecommunications Industry
- Defence Force
- Petrochemical Companies
- Construction and Building Services
Want to create and maintain something vital – like the roads, bridges and dams that we use every day? Civil engineering is a diverse, well-paid career that is always in demand! This popular hands-on Diploma creates graduates that can work in a design or management team on a diverse range of civil projects. You’ll take courses in highway, traffic and geotechnical engineering; land surveying; technical literacy; structural drawings; hydraulics; and project management. Classes include plenty of time in our high-spec engineering labs where you’ll get the chance to put theory into practice, studying computer-aided design techniques and conducting materials and failure testing. The construction industry is crying out for more civil engineering technicians, with some local companies offering generous scholarships to encourage more people to study this highly regarded Diploma. If you’re detail orientated, love maths and physics, and like thinking outside the square to solve problems, this is the place for you. It’s more than a course – it’s your chance to change the framework of our nation!
- Great job opportunities due to a nationwide shortage of engineers
- Many businesses use the part-time study option, one or two days a week, to up-skill their employees
During the course you'll cover a broad range of topics and select electives that will assist you 'in the real world' including; highway, traffic and geotechnical engineering, land surveying, technical literacy, structural drawings, hydraulics, and project management. Classes include plenty of time in our high-spec engineering labs where you’ll get the chance to put theory into practice, studying computer-aided design techniques and conducting materials and failure testing.
New Zealand needs more diploma- level civil engineering technicians to create roads, bridges, buildings and infrastructure as part of the Christchurch rebuild. The Government is also investing heavily into other infrastructure projects around the country – in areas like rail, roads, bridges, irrigation and waste water management – which is further driving the need for more technicians. Graduates can work in civil project management, as a technical support engineer, or as a supervising technician engineer. Potential Employers
- Private Engineering Consultancies
- Construction Companies
- Government Agencies e.g. NZTA
- Infrastructure and Utility Companies e.g. Railway and Electricity Companies
- Regional Councils
This programme is two years in duration: 34 weeks each year, with classes scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week with tutorials scheduled on alternate days. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study up to 20 hours per week beyond scheduled class time.
- Domestic students $6,000.00 Year One ($750.00 per course)
- International students $19,952.00 Year One ($2,494.00 per course)
Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)/(Electrical)/(Civil) (Level 6)
To gain entry into this programme, you are required to have:
- NCEA Level 2 including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at level 1 or highter (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013)
- A minimum total of 48 credits at level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry)
- or equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge)
- or equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience
English Language Requirements
International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency. English Competency Level 6 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.
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