Course details

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Civil engineering technologists apply mathematical, natural science and engineering fundamentals to civil engineering infrastructure such as roads, bridges, harbours, water and waste water facilities. They design and oversee the execution of solutions for a broad range of engineering problems, and research and investigate possibilities to propose the best options and most appropriate techniques and resources.

This programme is for those who want a career in civil engineering. Students will learn theory and practical skills using technology in our engineering labs. Students can choose between two civil engineering pathways: water and waste engineering or roading and transportation engineering. If they are in employment, students can tailor the project module to their workplace.

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology is accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

Year 1
In the first year, students will study six broad engineering papers and two papers specific to their major, water and waste engineering, or roading and transportation engineering.

  • Water and waste engineering
    Specialising in civil water and waste engineering, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the principles and practice relating to water reticulation systems; the treatment and disposal of liquid and solid wastes, catchment run-off, erosion, water balances and sustainable land use; urban wastewater and stormwater systems. Students will be able to apply their expertise to projects in professional civil engineering environments.
  • Roading and transportation engineering
    Specialising in civil roading and transportation engineering, students will be able to work from a sound engineering base with sufficient skills to manage technical operations competently; liaise effectively with design and management professionals, clients, regulatory authorities, and contractors; and have an understanding of different cultures and in particular an awareness and clear understanding of the tangata whenua and the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Resource Management Act.

Year 2
In the second year, all modules will be specific to the student's specialisation, being either civil water and waste engineering or roading and transportation engineering.

Year 3
In the third and final year, students will put all the skills and processes they have learned into completing a practical, industry-based project. If students have gained employment, then the project can be tailored to suit their workplace.


About the provider

Based in Hamilton, the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), is one of the country’s largest institutes of technology. We deliver high-quality education across vocational (technical) and professional fields of study to approximately 13,000 students, across over 130 different courses.

At Wintec students are educated in a way that builds their confidence and gets them work-ready. We differ from other types of tertiary providers in the way students get the chance to put their theoretical learning into practice from the very start. You will get to work on real-life projects based on relevant topics and themes as if you were in the workplace. You will also get involved in work placements. This means that by the time you graduate, you will be confident in your skills and knowledge, and know-how to apply your learnings. Our academic staff have years of industry experience between them, which means they can guide you on your journey.

Wintec maintains collaborative relationships with local industry and iwi to identify the needs of the region and community. Fostering strong networks that our students and graduates benefit from is a high priority for us.  Understanding the needs of local industry, what type of graduates they need now, and what they will need in the future is critical to assisting industry and our graduates.