Course details

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical)
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Develop the expertise for a career as an electronics engineer or electrical engineer and explore subjects including engineering computing, mechanics, mathematics, design and drawing and professional practice in this 3 year (full-time) programme.

Learn how to use your practical and analytical skills to resolve electrical engineering problems and acquire in-depth knowledge of your chosen specialisation: in either electronics, power or mechatronics engineering.

There are 3 pathways within this major. Choose from:

Mechatronics: This is the pathway for you if you want to work with robotics and automation to produce better products and processes. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that requires you to combine learning and work across several engineering fields including mechanical, electronics, computer, telecommunications, systems and control engineering.

Power: This field deals with the generation, transmission, distribution, and utilisation of electric power and the related electrical systems. Work in this field can include designing the equipment or systems that produce, use or distribute electricity. It could also lead to supervising, maintenance or operations of these systems and equipment.

Electronics: This is the science of electrically controlling electrical energy through circuits using active and passive electrical components and interconnection technology. This will lead to work in design, development, testing, and/or supervision of the manufacturing of electrical equipment.

Highlights

  • Get qualified in three years (full-time study), not four, and get into employment sooner.
  • A nationally-led engineering qualification developed by six of New Zealand's largest institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).
  • Approved under a new New Zealand-wide framework for three-year engineering technology degrees.
  • Accredited by the Engineering New Zealand. Completion of this programme, combined with a period of work experience, will make you eligible to apply for membership of Engineering New Zealand as a Technical Member (TIPENZ).
  • Internationally recognised under the Sydney Accord; this means this qualification is recognised in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and much more.
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35-60 students.
  • Strong links with the engineering industry.
  • Focus on real-world learning: observe the day-to-day activities of engineering sites, and take part in lab work, workshops and debates.
  • Visiting industry experts will give you a real feel for the career opportunities available in electrical engineering.

Qualification pathway

If you have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) or the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic), you will receive cross credits into this programme.

If English is not your first language, please be aware that to enter this programme you'll need to have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years, such as IELTS. This applies to both new students and progressing students (including NZDE graduates).

Entry requirements

For this programme, you will need:

1. 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in Physics
  • 14 credits in Mathematics (including Algebra and Calculus)
  • 14 credits in one other approved subject; and
  • 18 credits from up to two other approved subjects

2. 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (5 in reading, 5 in writing)

3. Be 16 years old by the time you start this programme

English

If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't have NCEA? We also accept:

  • Equivalent academic qualifications; OR
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

About the provider

Unitec is New Zealand’s largest institute of technology offering a wide range of work-oriented programmes and short courses. We offer leading employment-focused education at our two campuses in Mt. Albert, and Waitākere. At Unitec we think the traditional view of spending hours in a lecture theatre is out-dated. And that's why we approach learning differently. With our unique combination of world-class theory and hands-on experience, you'll get the skills to meet the changing needs of employers. And because our tutors are industry-based, they know what it takes to make it in the real world. We offer a friendly and diverse learning environment with flexible study programmes, lots of support, and hands-on experience to build the skills you need for your career and your future.

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