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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Rotokauri Campus


In this programme students will gain the core knowledge and practical skills needed for working electrical engineering in areas such as the power industry, industrial automation, and consumer products.

What You'll Learn

Computer-based training is used alongside tutor led learning to provide the ultimate learning experience. Students will use up-to-date industry equipment including Oscilloscopes (visual voltmeter) and automation systems.

In the first two years of lab-based kinetic learning students will service electronic equipment and learn the basic skills needed for this industry from tutors who are experienced in their fields. There are nine compulsory modules that students must complete over the two year programme as well as a mixture of elective modules that students can choose to study. Students will be able to discuss this choice with the programme manager as these will depend on the pathway chosen.

Career/Further Opportunities

The Diploma is run to the requirements of The Skills Organisation and Connexis (Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for New Zealand’s infrastructure industries). Wintec also has industry connections with the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) that link us to organisations such as WEL Networks and Gallagher Group.

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering will be able to gain employment as engineering technicians in workplaces that have a technical/engineering basis relevant to their specialist engineering strand (mechanical, civil, electrical and electronics).

For the electrical engineering strand roles include working in power and building services infrastructure.

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have gained:

  • Qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 2
  • Equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge); or
  • Equivalent credits from trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

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

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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