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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical)


  • 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​

As an Electrical Engineering Technologist you could be busy specifying, designing or supervising the construction of systems and equipment that produce, distribute or use electricity, calculating costs and materials needed, bidding for contracts, overseeing electricity system tests and writing reports or even instruction manuals.

Electrical engineering includes the specialist area of Mechatronics, which merges the two disciplines of mechanical engineering and electronics, and Power Engineering, for in-depth knowledge of the fundamental components of power automated systems.

If you are in employment, the project can 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).

Programme Content


First Year
In the first year you'll study core engineering modules and an electrical - power engineering module. There are two pathways you can choose from when it comes to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical).

  • Power Engineering 
    The Waikato is a major contributor to the electricity supply grid producing 50% of New Zealand's energy needs in 2008. $4.3 billion is to be invested in energy in the Waikato in the next five years. This investment requires a highly qualified and skilled workforce that graduates of the BEngTech can be part of. 

    As a power engineering graduate, you will be competent at analysing, solving, managing and taking responsibility for broadly-defined electrical and power engineering problems and activities. You'll have an in-depth knowledge of the operation and protection of power systems; an understanding of the design req​uirements for power systems; in depth knowledge of the operation and performance of electrical machines; and a knowledge of the fundamental components of power electronic systems.
  • Mechatronics
    Are you interested in the design and workings of the complex devices that we use today? Then mechatronics might be the career for you!​

    Mechatronics merges the two disciplines of mechanical engineering and electronics. It also includes aspects of computing, robotics and automation. This pathway is much in demand by manufacturers because of its combination of all these different disciplines. 

Second Year
In your second year you'll study modules entirely specific to electrical engineering major. This could be in the design, operation and protection of power systems, machinery or electronics.

Third Year
In your 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, 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 reflects 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.

Wintec Grads in Demand

With Wintec's strong ties to industry, you'll be highly sought after as a graduate of this degree.

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. ​​

Download the full programme regulations:

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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