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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $8,027* per year
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


Mechanical engineering technologists design and advise on the building and repair of machines and tools. They could spend their day determining the requirements of the production manager, carrying out feasibility studies, researching the use of energy sources, machinery and materials, using CAD software to model plans or preparing drawings of machines or machine parts.

This programme is for those who want a career in engineering. Students will learn theory and practical skills using technology in our engineering labs. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology is accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). 

If students are in employment, the project module can be tailored to their workplace.​

What you will learn

Engineering programme modules over three years

First year

Students will study mechanical engineering theory and then put learning into practice through project work. Students will study six standard engineering courses plus two courses specific to their major, mechanical engineering, in the first year.

Second year

Students will study mechanical production, manufacturing processes, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and the strength of different materials and product design in their second year of study.

Third year

The third year involves a major project linked to industry; students will continue with specialist subjects to provide in-depth knowledge of various mechanical infrastructures' operation and design requirements.

View programme modules

All majors - common compulsory modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
MG5001Engineering Computing515  
MG5002Engineering Mechanics515  
MG5003Engineering Communication515  
MG5004Engineering Mathematics 1515  
MG5005Engineering Design and Drawing 515  
MG6103Engineering Management 515MG5003 
MG7101Engineering Development
730Minimum of 30
credits at level 6 in chosen major; and Civil: MG6106 and
Electrical/Mechanical: MG6136
MG7121Professional Engineering

Mechanical major compulsory modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
MG5033 OR
Electrical Fundamentals
Electrical Principles 
MG5028Materials Science515  
MG5029Strength of Materials 1515MG5002
MG6032Fluid Mechanics (Mech)615MG5002
MG5030Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer515MG5004 
MG6038Strength of Materials 2615MG5029 
MG6033Mechanics of Machines615MG5002
MG6136Engineering Project615


MG5005 and minimum of 45 credits

at level 5 in chosen major


Mechanical major elective modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
MG6039Applied Computational Modelling615MG6032
MG6040Product design Engineering 615MG5002
MG6041Quality and Reliability615MG5002
MG6044Manufacturing Processes and Production615MG5028 
MG6190Mathematics 2615MG5004 
MG7030Air Handling Systems715MG5030 
MG7020Mechanical Design 2715MG6136 
MG7023Vibration and Seismic Design for Mechanical Plant 715MG6136
MG7022Energy Engineering715MG6037 
MG7028Engineering Systems Analysis 715MG5004


Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DFNZ701Design Factory730  

The 30 credit module DFNZ701: Design Factory 1 can be offered as an option within any Wintec degree programme, wherever the degree programme structures allows such an option.  Admission into the Design Factory module is on negotiation with the Centre Director or delegated authority and selection into the module is in line with the Design Factory process.

Purpose-built engineering facility

Students will learn in a modern, 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.

Design Factory NZ

In their third year of study, students can apply to study the 30 credit Design Factory NZ module. This experience teaches a range of problem-solving methodologies, which students will apply to a real-world challenge provided by an industry partner. Students will work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside students from engineering, business, IT, sport and exercise science, media arts, and more. 

Joining Design Factory NZ will provide students with the opportunity to learn and work in new ways, prototype solutions to complex problems, and develop their soft skills of creativity, empathy and communication - all in high-demand for the workplace of the future.

Read more about Design Factory NZ here.

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Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as a mechanical engineering technologist.


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates are required to have:
  i) University Entrance (UE), or equivalent, comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
    (1) A minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in Physics; and  
    (2) A minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in Calculus; and
    (3) A minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in one other subject from the list of UE approved subjects; and
    (4) Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing; and
    (5) Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).
  ii) The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Level 6 (NZDE) with a 60% or better overall grade average; or
  iii) completed at least two years relevant work experience post-graduation; or
  iv) completed equivalent academic qualifications which may include University Bursary with 45% or more in both Physics and Calculus or Algebra, equivalent Cambridge score, equivalent International Baccalaureate.

UE 2020

Applicants who achieved University Entrance through NCEA in 2020 will be assessed under separate NZQA entry requirements that take into account the impacts of COVID-19. Candidates are required to have:

  • obtained a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, including:
    • Three subjects at level 3 including a minimum of 12 credits in Physics; and
    • A minimum of 12 credits in Calculus; and
    • One other subject with a minimum of 12 credits from the list of approved subjects *; and
    • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing; and
    • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).
       * NZQA approved subjects: see

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates may be required to attend an interview and may be required to produce a work-based portfolio (where appropriate).
b) Where applications exceed the number of places available, the following selection criteria may be applied:
i) academic achievement in related subject areas such as statistics, technology, and graphics;
ii) previous academic achievements;
iii) communication skills;
iv) motivation to complete the programme;
v) life or work experience in, or appropriate to, the programme;
vi) ability to participate in fieldwork aspects of the programme, where relevant.

English language requirements

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 band, 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.

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To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024
Date: Friday 19 July 2024
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Student Street, G Block, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

  • Laptop (Windows 10 or higher, compatible with SolidWorks: 2.3Ghz or higher; 16GB RAM or more; Graphics - open GL card; 64bit SSD drives)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Headphones/earphones (for plugging into electronic devices)
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety boots/shoes with industrial steel caps
  • Boiler suit/overall

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

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