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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Rotokauri Campus


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 pathways in civil engineering: Water and Water 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).

What You'll Learn

First Year

In the first year you'll study six broad engineering papers and two papers specific to your 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 storm water 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 competently manage technical operations; 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.

Second Year

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.

Third Year

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

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as a civil engineering technologist.

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have:

  • obtained the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) with a 60% or better overall grade average or
  • completed at least two years relevant work experience post-graduation; or
  • gained admission approved by the Programme Committee/Centre Director; or
  • completed equivalent academic qualifications which may include University Bursary with 45% or more in both Physics and Calculus or Algebra; equivalent Cambridge score, equivalent International Baccalaureate.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an overall International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or better in the academic module, with a minimum of 6.0 in the written and speaking bands, and a minimum of 5.5 in the reading and listening bands, 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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