Electrical engineer examining wires

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)


Course details

  • Feb 2022
    Jul 2022
  • Two years
  • FREE under TTAF (usually $7,472 per year)
  • Level 6
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus or Mixed delivery


Learning core skills and practical knowledge in a hands-on environment, students will develop electrical engineering theory, principles, and practices required to meet industry needs and demands. This can be across areas such as the power industry, industrial automation, and consumer products.

What you will learn

Computer-based training is used alongside tutor-led learning to provide the ultimate learning experience. Students will use up-to-date industry equipment, including oscilloscopes (visual voltmeter) and automation systems.

In the first two years of lab-based kinetic learning, students will service electronic equipment and learn the basic skills needed for this industry from tutors who are experienced in specialised fields. There are nine compulsory modules that students must complete over the two-year programme and a mixture of elective modules that students can choose to study. Students will be able to discuss choices with the programme manager as modules will depend on chosen pathways.

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Common compulsory modules

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

Electrical Engineering strand compulsory modules

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


Electrical Principles415  
DE5403Electronic Principles515  
DE4402Electrical and Electronic Applications415DE4401DE5403



Introduction to Networks or

CAD Electrical






DE4401, DE5401



Specialisation compulsory modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE5401Power Engineering515

DE4401, DE4102

DE5402PLC Programming 1515DE4401, DE5403, DE4102 
DE5404Electrical Machines515  
Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites

Power Specialisation (compulsory)


Power Systems 1615DE4401, DE4102 

Recommended Power Electives – three to be selected, minimum of two must be at Level 6


PLC Programming 2615DE5402 
DE6420Protection615DE4401, DE4102 
DE6421Sustainable energy and power electronics615DE4401, DE5403, DE4102 
DE6409Electrical Building Services 615DE5401, DE5404 
DE5418Engineering Mathematics 2515DE4102 
Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites

Building Services Specialisation (compulsory)


Maintenance Engineering Management615  

Recommended Building Services specialisation electives – three to be selected, minimum of two must be at Level 6


Illumination Engineering515DE4401, DE5403  
DE6411PLC Programming 2 615DE5402  
DE6409Electrical Building Services 615DE5401, DE5404 
DE5418Engineering Mathematics 2515DE4102 
Module code Module name Level credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites

Instrumentation & Control Specialisation elective (compulsory)


Maintenance Engineering Management615  

Recommended Instrumentation & Control specialisation electives – three to be selected, minimum of two must be at Level 6


Instrumentation / Controls 1 515DE4101, DE4401, DE5403, DE4102  
DE6409Electrical Building Services 615DE5401, DE5404 
DE6411PLC Programming 2 615DE5402  
DE5418Engineering Mathematics 2515DE4102 
DE6414Instrumentation & Controls 2615DE5415, DE4101, DE4401, DE5403, DE4102DE6411, DE5417

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 can gain employment as engineering technicians in workplaces with a technical/engineering basis relevant to their specialist engineering strand (mechanical, civil, electrical, or electronics). 

Electrical engineering roles include working in power distribution, industrial automation, and building services infrastructure.


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates are required to have gained:
i) 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
ii) equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge); or
iii) equivalent credits from trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience, and
iv) 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.

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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.

Year 1 students starting July 2021

Date: Thursday 22 July 2021 and Friday 23 July 2021
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Student Street, G Block, Rotokauri Campus
An induction timetable will be provided on the day.

What you will need

All NZDE students will need:

  • Laptop (Windows 7 or higher with 4G memory plus)
  • 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 with 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

DE4102 Engineering Mathematics 1 (common compulsory module for all NZDE students)

  • Pearsons MyMathLab (additional cost applies)

Electrical students

  • Calculator with the ability to calculate complex numbers (recommended: Casio FX100 AU Plus)

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 - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted 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

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