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​​​New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Level 6)


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

Are you after a relevant electrical engineering qualification? Wintec’s New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Level 6) is a qualification that has been developed in close consultation with industry (your future employers!) This means that the programme is designed to provide you with the electrical engineering knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of industry.

With this qualification you'll enter the engineering industry with the ability to apply understanding and skills to the standard expected of a practising engineering technician.

In this two year programme you’ll gain the core knowledge and practical skills needed for working in areas such as the power industry, industrial automation and consumer products.

Programme Content

Computer-based training is used alongside tutor led learning to provide the ultimate learning experience.  You’ll use up-to-date industry equipment including Oscilloscopes (visual voltmeter) and automation systems.  In the first two years of lab-based kinetic learning you will service electronic equipment and learn the basic skills you need for this industry from tutors who are Registered Electricians. There are 9 compulsory modules that you must complete over the two year programme including Engineering Fundamentals, Engineering Mathematics, Electrical and Electronic Principles, and specialisations such as Power Engineering or Microcontrollers.

Additionally there is a mixture of elective modules that you can choose to study. You will be able to discuss this choice with the Programme Manager as these will depend on the pathway that you choose to take.

Career/further opportunities

The Diploma is run to the requirements of The Skills Organisation and Connexis (Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for New Zealand’s infrastructure industries). Wintec also has industry connections with the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) that link us to organisations such as WEL Networks and Gallagher Group.

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering will be able to gain employment as engineering technicians in workplaces that have a technical/engineering basis relevant to their specialist engineering strand (mechanical, civil, electrical and electronics). 

For the electrical engineering strand roles include working in power and building services infrastructure.

Entry Criteria

Entry into this course requires:

NCEA Level 2 *, and:

  • 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 (eg International Baccelaureate or Cambridge), or
  • Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

*including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013).​

Candidates who do not meet the specified entry requirements may be considered for provisional entry (if aged under 20). These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme through an interview.

Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over who do not meet the specified entry requirements. These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme through a process of an interview and / or assessment.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

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