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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) (Level 6)


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

Are you after a relevant mechanical engineering qualification? Wintec’s New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) (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 mechanical engineering knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of industry.

In this programme you will learn to plan, design and build products for manufacture. You will be using the latest design processes, content knowledge and software to design and build products for the future.

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.

Programme Content

At Wintec it's not just about theory, it's about developing the skills you need to actually do the job. Hands-on laboratory work reinforces theory taught in classrooms. Before you learn how to design machines, you learn how to use them - lathes, shaping machines, milling machines, welders and more. Then, using cutting-edge 3D modelling software including SolidWorks and AutoCad, you produce drawings to industry standards (AS1100).

There are 11 compulsory modules that you must complete over the two year programme, these are:

  • Engineering CAD
  • Engineering Fundamentals
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Project (Mechanical)
  • Engineering Practice
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Mechanics
  • Technical Literacy
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

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.

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 tho​​se 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.

To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

Career Opportunities

Wintec is closely involved with the mechanical engineering industry. From our qualified tutors, many of who are still working in the industry, to our relationship with WECA (Waikato Engineering Careers Association) who assists us in finding work placements and career opportunities for Wintec students.

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 mechanical engineering strand roles include the design, manufacture and maintenance of tools, engines, machines and systems.

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