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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronics)


Course details

  • Two years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $8,030* per year
  • Level 6
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus
Please note this programme is not currently being offered. For expressions of interest, please contact us by email.


We increasingly rely on modern appliances, communication devices, IT hardware, and other electronic equipment in our personal lives and industry. This programme will teach students how to design, install, service, and maintain those devices.

Students will learn the core knowledge and practical skills required to meet industry needs in their chosen engineering strand.

What you will learn

Alongside general engineering modules, students will also undertake an engineering project and choose from electives in electronics, microcontrollers, healthcare technology, electronic manufacturing, and mathematics.

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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 Project615

DE4103 and

Min of 45 credits at Level 5


Electronic Engineering strand compulsory

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


Electrical Principles 1415  
DE5403Electrical and Electronic Principles 2515DE4401 

Electrical and Electronic Applications 




Introduction to Networks or

CAD Electrical






Electronics specialisation compulsory

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


Computer Programming 1515  
DE5414Electronic Manufacturing515DE5403DE5407
DE6412Computer Programming 2615DE5405 

Electives are chosen from either the Electronics specialisation elective table, or the Computer Networking specialisation electives table or the Data Communications Specialisation electives table.

Electronics specialisation

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Electronics electives – four required, at least two must be at Level 6


Electronics 1515DE5403  
DE6402Electronics 2615DE5401  


Microcontrollers 1515DE4103  
DE6417Microcontrollers 2615DE5406 
DE6408Electronic Manufacturing 2615DE5414  
DE5418Engineering Mathematics Level 5515DE4102  


Career/further opportunities

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

For the electronic engineering strand roles include working in telecommunications and electronics manufacturing.


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.

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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.

What you will need

All NZDE students will need:

  •  Laptop (Windows 7 or higher with 4G memory plus)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Headphones/earphones (for plugging in to 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 (1 book A3, good quality cartridge paper – Plan, 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)
  • 2 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 

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, Somerset Street, Hamilton.

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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