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

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2 years

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Get qualified to work as a professional engineering technician – an area in huge demand in New Zealand and around the world.

As part of your studies, you'll work on real-world projects. Some of these projects could include a wastewater treatment plan in Samoa and a road widening project in Auckland.

And, just like some of our graduates, this real-world experience could get your foot in the door to companies such as Downer and Kiwirail.

This qualification meets New Zealand and international benchmarks for engineering technicians.

Graduates can work at a technician level as outlined by the Dublin Accord (International Engineering Alliance, 2002).

Career opportunities

Civil Engineering Technicians work with building and construction companies, municipal and environmental authorities, mining companies, harbour boards, or civil engineering consultancies. These types of positions can involve work such as the design and construction of roads, bridges, tunnels, sewerage and water supply systems, hydro-electric power projects, river and harbour works, soil conservation and structural drawing.

This programme will prepare you for a range of jobs in engineering including:

Geotechnical laboratory technician
Site engineer
Civil engineering technician.

Further training or study

Successful completion of your first semester in the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (Level 6) with a required grade point average of B can provide direct entry to Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Level 7).

Entry criteria

Applicants must meet the following minimum entry requirements (or equivalent):

  • NCEA Level 2 and
  • A minimum total of 48 credits at Level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry); or
  • equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge); or
  • equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience.

IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); 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

Other Entry Requirements

Applicants must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme, by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely.

Although not part of the entry requirements, applicants will attend an interview as part of the process of assisting them to select the right specialisation.

Successful applicants will be accepted in order of application. The above attributes will be assessed through an interview process to which applicants may bring family and/or whanau support.

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