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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)

EN1603

Course details

  • Jul 2021
    Feb 2022
  • Two years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • FREE under TTAF (usually $7,472 per year)
  • Level 6
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus
Note: July intake duration is 2.5 years due to module structure.

Summary

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

At Wintec, it is not just about theory; it is about developing the skills students need to actually do the job, so hands-on laboratory work reinforces theory taught in classrooms. Students will learn how to design products, how components work, the materials they are made from and how to manufacture them. Then, using SolidWorks, students will learn how to draw and present designs for industry, leading to a final semester industry-relevant project.

Wintec is closely involved with the mechanical engineering industry. From our qualified tutors, many of whom 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.

With this qualification, students will enter the engineering industry with the ability to apply understanding and skills to the standard expected of a practising engineering technician.

What you will learn

Before students learn how to design machines, they will learn how to use them - lathes, shaping machines, milling machines, welders, and more. Then, using cutting-edge 3D modelling software, including SolidWorks and AutoCAD, students will produce drawings to industry standards (AS1100).

There are 11 compulsory modules that must be completed over the two-year programme. Additionally, there is a mixture of elective modules that can be studied. Students will be able to discuss this choice with the Programme Manager as these will depend on the pathway chosen.

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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
 

Mechanical Engineering strand compulsory modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE3301
Engineering Practice315  
DE4301Engineering CAD415DE4103 
DE4302Mechanics415

DE4101

DE4102

DE4103

 
DE4303Material Properties415 
DE5301Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer515

DE4101

DE4102

DE4103

 
DE6301Fluid Mechanics615DE4101

DE4102

DE4103

 

Mechanical specialisation compulsory modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE5302Strength of Materials 1515DE4302 
DE5303Manufacturing Processes515DE4303 
DE5304Electrical Fundamentals515

DE4101

DE4102

DE4103

 

Mechanical specialisation elective modules (two to be selected)

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE6302Mechanics of Machines615DE5302 
DE6308Strength of Materials 2615DE5302 
DE6309Advanced Thermodynamics615DE5301

 

 
DE6315Fluid Power 615  
DE6419Maintenance Engineering Management (common with the Electrical Elective list) 615  

Services specialisation compulsory

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE5304 Electrical Fundamentals515DE4101 DE4102 DE4103  
DE6303Water-based Heat Transfer Systems 615DE5302 
DE6311Air Handling Systems615DE5301

 

 
Services specialisation electives: two to be selected
DE5402PLC Programming 1 515  
DE6304Piped Services Systems 615

DE5301

 
DE6312Building Management and Control Systems 615

DE5301

 
DE6313Industrial Refrigeration Systems 615

DE5301

 
DE6314Commercial and Light Industrial RAC Systems 615

DE5301

 
DE6419Maintenance Engineering Management (this is common with the Electrical Elective list) 615  

Production specialisation compulsory

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE5303Manufacturing Processes 515DE4303  
DE5304 Electrical Fundamentals515DE4101 DE4102 DE4103  
DE6305Quality and Reliability615DE5302 
DE6306Operations Management 615DE6305

 

 
DE6307Planning and Control615

DE4102

 

Metallurgy specialisation compulsory

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DE5303Manufacturing Processes 515DE4303  
DE5302Strength of Materials 1 515DE4302  
DE6308Strength of Materials 2615DE5302 
DE6316Advanced Materials Metallurgy 615DE4303 DE5303 DE6308

 

 
DE6317Particulate Material Dynamics615

DE6301

 
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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). 

The mechanical engineering strand roles include designing, manufacturing, and maintaining tools, engines, machines, and systems.

Disclaimers

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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Pathways

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 info@wintec.ac.nz 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.

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
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, 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)

DE3301 Engineering Practice (Mechanical NZDE students only)

  • Cotton overalls (boiler suite/lab coat)

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

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