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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronics)


Course details

  • Jul 2020
    Feb 2021
  • Two years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • FREE under TTAF (usually $7,356 per year)
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • 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 in 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 strand of engineering.

What you'll 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 modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE4101Engineering Fundamentals415  
DE4102Engineering Mathematics 1415  
DE4103Technical Literacy415  
DE6101Engineering Management615  
DE6102Engineering Project615

DE4103 and

Min of 45 credits at Level 5


Electronic Engineering discipline 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 (not available in 2020)






DE4401, DE5401


Electronics specialisation compulsory

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


Computer Programming 1515  
DE5414Electronic Manufacturing515DE5403 
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  
DE5418Mathematics 2 515DE4102  
DE6421Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics615




Clinical Engineering
Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
DE5421*Anatomy and physiology for clinical engineering technicians515  
DE5422*Medical Equipment 1515DE5421 
DE6423*Fault finding for clinical engineering technicians615



DE6424*Medical equipment 2615DE5422 

*These modules are taught via online learning from Manuakau Institute of Technology

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:
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.

1Education Act 1989 Section 224 (3).

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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Engineering pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

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 2020

Date: Thursday 16 July 2020 - Friday 17 July 2020
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Student Street, G Block, Ground Floor, Rotokauri Campus

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

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. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


All Engineering timetables are available via Timetable Net on the Wintec public website.   

To access this, enter the following link

1.      select Student Sets

2.      select Eng & Indl Design using the drop down menu

3.      select your programme from the next drop down menu –e.g. NZDE

4.      under period(s) select "Semester One General" to view the entire semester or alternatively select a specific week

5.      Next click the View Timetable button.


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•       You can scroll through the weeks using the directional arrows located at the top


Purchasing textbooks

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

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Health status



Clinical placement

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