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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • Semester 2 starts July 2018
  • Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Fee Guideline: $6,978* (per year) (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton

If you want the skills and knowledge​​​ for a career as a Civil Engineering Technologist, then this programme is right for you. You'll apply your trained analytical mind to a broad range of civil engineering problems using the technical principles and processes that you'll learn from our qualified tutors.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) apply mathematical, natural science and engineering fundamentals to civil engineering infrastructure such as roads, bridges, harbours, water and waste water facilities. You will be asked to design and oversee the execution of solutions for a broad range of engineering problems. You’ll get to research and investigate possibilities in order to propose the best options and most appropriate techniques and resources.

You will choose between two pathways in civil engineering: Water and Water Waste Engineering or Roading and Transportation Engineering.

If you are in employment, the project will be tailored to your workplace.

Six of the largest Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in New Zealand have consulted with industry leaders to create this up-to-date, industry-relevant programme. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology is accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

"Wintec's Engineering Technologist graduates are ahead in their skills and knowledge, we desperately need more." 

Steve Muller
​Principal Lead Transport Designer

Engineering technologist Elisha Morris was not aware that such a life could exist – one that is spent doing what he loves for a living. Now he spends his days working for one of the leading wet infrastructure and water engineering companies in the world.​​

​Programme Content


First Year
In the first year you'll study six broad engineering papers and two papers specific to your major, water and waste engineering or roading and transportation engineering.

  • Water and Waste Engineering
    Specialising in civil water and waste engineering you will gain an in depth knowledge of the principles and practice relating to: Water reticulation systems; the treatment and disposal of liquid and solid wastes; catchment run-off, erosion, water balances and sustainable land use; urban wastewater and storm water systems. You will be able to apply your expertise to projects in professional civil engineering environments. Roading & Transportation Engineering
  • Roading and Transportation Engineering
    Specialising in civil roading and transportation engineering, you will be able to work from a sound engineering base with sufficient skills to competently manage technical operations; liaise effectively with design and management professionals, clients, regulatory authorities and contractors; and have an understanding of different cultures and in particular an awareness and clear understanding of the tangata whenua and the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Resource Management Act.

Second Year
In your second year all your papers will be specific to your specialisation, being either civil water and waste engineering or roading and transportation engineering.

Third Year
In your third and final year, you'll put all the skills and processes you've learned into completing a practical, industry based project. If you've gained employment then your project can be tailored to suit your workplace.

Core modules for all Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical, Civil or Mechanical) students:

  • Engineering Computing
  • Engineering Communication
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Design and Drawing
  • Professional Engineering Development
  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • Engineering Development Project

Purpose-Built Engineering Facility

Students learn in a purpose built trades and engineering facility at the Rotokauri Campus. This facility provides learning opportunities that reflect industry standards and uses the latest techniques and technologies.

Industry Tutors and Connections

Wintec tutors are highly trained and qualified in their specialist fields. They are right up to date with what you need to know for future employment. They'll give you opportunities for practical experience through project work, site visits and investigations. Wintec's strong partnerships with industry leaders bring valuable resources such as guest speakers, current skills and knowledge.

Entry Criteria

To enter this programme you will need:

  • A minimum of 42 credits at level 3 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two subjects with a further 14 credits at level 3 or higher taken from one or two additional domains on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework including a minimum of 14 credits in Physics and 14 credits in Mathematics (Algebra and/or Calculus); and
  • A minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; or
  • The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) with a 60% or better overall grade average or have completed at least two years relevant work experience post-graduation; or
  • Admission approved by the programme committee/head of school/centre director; or
  • Equivalent academic qualifications.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an overall International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or better in the academic module, with a minimum of 6.0 in the written and speaking bands, and a minimum of 5.5 in the reading and listening bands, or equivalent.

If you do not meet standard admission requirements, but are over 20 years old and can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success, a special admission may be granted to you. ​

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Secondary School Students

If you're still at secondary school and think the world of engineering might be right for you, our free one and two-day taster programmes could help you decide. To find out about your options for experiencing engineering first hand with our STAR programme, or talk to your careers advisor.

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