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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)


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
Note: July intake duration is 2.5 years due to module structure.


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

At Wintec it's not just about theory, it's 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 who 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'll 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 are 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 Management615  
DE6102Engineering Project615DE4103
Min of 45 credits at Level 5

Mechanical Engineering discipline compulsory modules

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




DE4303Material Properties415 
DE5301Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer515




DE6301Fluid Mechanics615DE4101




Mechanical specialisation compulsory modules

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





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


DE6312Building Management and Control Systems 615


DE6313Industrial Refrigeration Systems 615


DE6314Commercial and Light Industrial RAC Systems 615


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



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


 Tahiwi Magner graduated with a diploma in engineering from Wintec and hasn't looked back

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This diversity is what the 29-year-old loves most about his job as Engineering Manager at Hamilton’s Industrial Site Services Co Ltd.

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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). 

For the mechanical engineering strand roles include the design, manufacture and maintenance of tools, engines, machines and systems.


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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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 February 2020

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020 - Friday 14 February 2020
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Student Street, G Block, Ground Floor, Rotokauri Campus
Induction timetable will be provided on the day.

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
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 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 

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, 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.


•       If you are using google chrome, please make sure 'Pop ups' are unblocked

•       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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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.

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