New Zealand Education - Think New Logo

Institute of Technology or Polytechnic

Southern Institute of Technology
Southern Institute of Technology logo

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Major)

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


Do you dream of designing electric generators, internal combustion engines or steam and gas turbines?

Our two-year, high value course of study will enable you to conceive, design and build power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, elevators and escalators and more.

The course acts as a foundational year for advanced mechanical engineering and is designed to upskill you for advanced studies, leading to career opportunities such as becoming a mechanical engineer, mechanical design engineer, mechanical field engineer, piping engineer or a mechanical project engineer.

Learn how to:

  • Design machines.
  • Use lathes, shaping machines, milling machines, welders and more.
  • Use cutting-edge 3D modelling software including SolidWorks and Autocade.
  • Produce drawings to industry standards.
  • Work collaboratively with construction workers, clients, and other industry professionals.

Career Opportunities

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 like mechanical engineering.

For the mechanical engineering strand, roles include the design, manufacture and maintenance of tools, engines, machines and systems.

On achievement of this qualification, graduates should:

  • Be work ready and able to be employed in a relevant engineering environment to work towards the achievement of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP) and to meet the minimum standard of competence to practise competently to the standard expected of a reasonable Engineering Technician

  • It is expected that graduates will attain the educational underpinnings and work ready attributes defined in the IPENZ Graduate Profile for Engineering Technicians. The graduate profile defined by IPENZ is benchmarked internationally to the exemplar graduate attributes for graduates of technician education programmes recognised under the Dublin Accord

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and to be eligible for award of the qualification “New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)”, they must have shown competence in all of the scheduled units, to a minimum of 240 credits in the specified strand, and upon application to NZQA.

Qualification Pathways

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) will be able to study towards a technologist degree such as a Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Entry criteria

For entry to this programme, applicants are required to have:

A minimum total of 48 credits at Level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics, or
Equivalent qualifications (eg. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge), or
Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience
Minimum of eight literacy credits at Level 1 or higher including four reading and four writing

English Language Requirements

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 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - 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.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

Studying in NZ

Register nowSign in

Share this course

Share this course