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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering - Civil

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Level of Study



2 years

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Become an engineering technician, specialising in civil engineering. Learn highly sought-after skills, that will allow graduates to work on engineering projects in Aotearoa and around the world. The diploma is accredited nationally and internationally.

What you will learn

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Drawing
  • Report production
  • Engineering management

The civil strand will also teach students the following:

  • Land surveying
  • Civil and structural drawing
  • Hydraulics
  • Highway engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Water systems
  • Waste systems
  • Structures

Career options

Become and engineering technician in the civil engineering field.

Entry criteria

Under 20

NCEA Level 2 and a minimum 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.

20+ years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

Special entry may be granted by the Head of School responsible for the programme to an applicant who does not meet all entry requirements, where the Head of School is satisfied the applicant is capable of undertaking the programme of study.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 overall with no sub-score less than 5.5; TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20); Cambridge English Test - FCE with a pass at Grade B or Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 50; New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 4 with the Academic endorsement.

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