Skip to content
Civil engineer standing in front building construction

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • Two years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $8,030* per year
  • Level 6
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


Students will learn the core knowledge and practical skills required to meet the increasing demands and needs of the civil engineering industry.

This two-year programme will provide students with theoretical and technical knowledge to apply practical solutions for working on the design, construction, and maintenance of civil engineering infrastructure, from roads and bridges to harbours, water, and wastewater facilities.

What you will learn

There are 12 compulsory modules that students must complete over the two-year programme. 

Additionally, there are a number of elective modules that students can choose to study. Students will be able to discuss this choice with the Programme Manager, as these will depend on your preferred pathway.

View programme modules

Common Compulsory

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE4101Engineering Fundamentals415  
DE4102Engineering Mathematics 1415  
DE4103Technical Literacy415  
DE6101Engineering Management615Min of 105 credits from NZDE 
DE6102Engineering Project615DE4103
Min of 45 credits at Level 5: DE5208 and DE5207

Civil Engineering Strand Compulsory

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE5208Civil Materials515  
DE5209Land Surveying 1515  
DE5201Structures 1515DE4101 
DE5202Civil and Structural Drawing515DE4103 
DE5203Fluid Mechanics (Civil)515



DE5204Highway Engineering 1515



DE5207Geotechnical Engineering 615  

Civil Engineering Electives - four to be selected of which at least three must be at level 6

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE5205Engineering Surveying515DE5209 
DE6209Structures 2615DE5201 
DE6201Geotechnical Engineering 2615DE5207 
DE6202Highway Engineering 2615DE5204 
DE6203Traffic Engineering 615DE5204 
DE6204Structures 3615DE6209 
DE6205Water and Wastewater Systems615DE5203 
DE6206Water and Waste Management615 DE5203
DE6207Land Surveying 2 615DE5209 
DE6208Civil Engineering and Construction Practices615

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as engineering technicians in workplaces with a technical/engineering basis relevant to civil engineering.

Roles may include working on structures like roads, buildings, bridges, water resources such as waste and stormwater systems, and geotechnical assessments such as earthwork testing and monitoring.


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates are required to have gained:

  1. NCEA Level 2*
  2. a minimum total of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 in four subjects, including at least 12 credits in Mathematics (preferably from achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry); or
  3. equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge); or
  4. equivalent credits from trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience, and

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

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 success1 may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the 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 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 Centre Director or designated nominee.

English language requirements

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.

Want to see full details of the entry criteria?
Don't meet the entry criteria?


Engineering pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain 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

All NZDE students will need:

  • Laptop (capable of running Solidworks. 2.3Ghz or higher; 16GB RAM or more; Graphics - Open GL card; SSD Drives; 64 bit Windows 10 minimum)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Headphones/earphones (for plugging into electronic devices)
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety boots/shoes (steel toe caps)
  • High vis vest

DE4103 Technical Literacy (common compulsory module for all NZDE students)

  • Drawing paper (one A3 book, good quality cartridge paper, plain, no pre-drawn border, or title block)
  • Drawing paper polypropylene carry case
  • Compass set (6 mm diameter to 150 diameter – good quality spring bow compass with lead refills)
  • Two fine line drawing pencils (mechanical type) size 0.5 mm and 0.7mm HB
  • Lead refill to suit pencil (HB grade recommended)
  • Eraser and eraser shield
  • Protractor
  • Roll of masking tape 18mm
  • 150mm steel rule

    Distance learning students

    • Access to a reliable internet connection
    • Available to attend block courses

    Health and safety items are available for purchase from NZ Safety.

    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. 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

    If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

      New Zealand-based suppliers

      General book suppliers

      First aid certificate

      Health status



      Clinical placement

      Prospectus (course guide)

      The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

      Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

      The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on the document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

      Request an emailable or printed copy of the Prospectus


      Need help? Want to know how to get started?

      Leave your details here and we will come back to you:

      Wintec is part of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Learn More

      Learn with purpose

      Explore Te Pūkenga

      Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Government

      Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Government

      Copyright © 2022 Wintec