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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Level 6)

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


If you are interested in the planning, design and construction of all forms of infrastructure and have a passion for building strong relationships with clients and contractors then Civil Engineering is for you.

Civil Engineering plays a key part in the creation and protection of our structural environment.

NMIT's class sizes means you can easily talk with tutors and the programme is hands on.

Tutors also work with local industry to provide real world experiences as part of the programme.

You will qualify as an engineering technician. The industry demand for graduates from this programme is high.

A Civil Engineering qualification will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design and manage the construction of various infrastructure including residential, commercial and industrial buildings; roads, rail, dams and bridges. You will also acquire the technical knowledge and skills to draft plans, survey sites and compile engineering reports.

What will I learn?

On this programme you will learn how to:

  • Competently perform technical operations to the standards, ethical and professional responsibilities required by the engineering profession
  • Work collaboratively within team environments to provide a comprehensive engineering service in the relevant specialist area
  • Apply the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Resource Management Act and Health & Safety in Employment Act while carrying out engineering activities
  • Apply engineering theory to practice working within well-defined* engineering problems relevant to your specialist field of civil engineering
  • Use your engineering knowledge to make informed problem solving decisions in civil engineering and to implement these decisions
  • Identify, evaluate and manage risks within well-defined engineering problems relevant to the field of civil engineering.

Well-defined engineering problems can be solved in standardized ways, are frequently encountered and hence familiar to most practitioners in the specialist area, have consequences that are locally important but not far-reaching and can be resolved using limited theoretical knowledge but normally require extensive practical knowledge.

Career opportunities and pathways

Graduates from NMIT's programme have a very high employment rate in the industry.

You can gain employment as an engineering technician including roles working on roads, buildings and utilities.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 2. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), or

Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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