Scientist taking water sample from river

Science Technology

Studying Science at Wintec means learning the theory and gaining practical skills that students can apply immediately to the workplace after they graduate. Wintec has pathways in Biotechnology, Environmental Technology, Food Technology and Agritechnology. 

Graduate profile: Kris Beattie

No two days are the same for Kris since she started working for Analytica Laboratories in 2014 straight after graduating from Wintec with a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science. Kris works within the honey testing team, and uses her skills to run data analysis, set up instruments, and work on research and development projects.

“I use what I learnt at Wintec all the time and every single day in my work,” Kris says.

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Kris Beattie Analytica Laboratories

Find out more about possible careers in science

Environmental scientists provide advice on how to avoid or reduce harmful effects on the environment. Work could involve preparing reports on the environmental impact of activities such as mining, forestry and agriculture; developing policies using ecological, mathematical or physical science data; or applying for resource consent on behalf of clients.

Biotechnologists create products using biologically based materials, studying bacteria and fungi, operating equipment used to process biological materials such as food and plants, genetically modifying organisms to make new products, monitoring production trends and advising governments or organisations on biotechnology issues.

Food technologists research new food and drink products and then develop ways to improve them. Their day could include conducting trials, managing production, providing quality assurance, investigating the nutritional properties of foods and looking at the packaging, storage and safety of food to ensure it meets all government and industry standards.

Food engineers design, develop and test processes and equipment for food processing companies. This may entail designing new methods of processing, packaging and preserving food, costing processes and equipment, improving existing processes, sourcing and testing equipment, even setting up a whole new factory.

Science technicians work alongside scientists to carry out research, perform experiments and analyse results. Their day may include collecting samples out in the field, writing reports, maintaining databases or operating and maintaining a laboratory for teaching or research.


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

About the faculty

Welcome to the Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries!

Creating the next generation of science talent in New Zealand has never been more important and if you're thinking about a career in Science or Primary Industries, we can help you to build your skills and employability.

We offer a diverse and exciting range of programmes that produce graduates who move on to stimulating and challenging careers within industry. We are proud of who we are and the achievements of our staff, students and alumni.

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