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Graduate Diploma in Engineering Technology with Strands in: Mechanical; Mechatronics; Power; Water and Water Waste; Highway Engineering

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Rotokauri Campus


This programme is for engineering graduates and working engineering professionals wishing to gain further specialist knowledge in an additional discipline area. The programme also offers the opportunity for those candidates with a relevant engineering background and experience who may wish to gain a formal qualification to recognise that experience. The programme has strands in Mechanical, Mechatronics, Power, Water and Water Waste, and Roading/Transportation.

A 30 credit Engineering Development Project is included, that may be research or work placement based, allowing students to undertake research in an area of interest. The remaining six 15 credit modules are the various pathway modules from the Bachelor of Engineering Technology programme.

Students can complete the programme in one year’s full-time study, or will be able to study part-time whilst in employment.

Career/Further Opportunities

Graduates will have the appropriate skills and knowledge to either enter the workforce, or to go on to postgraduate study in an engineering related area, or to pursue further study and professional development in other areas.

Evolution of the job market is predicted to increase the need for engineering technical staff with expertise in more than one technical discipline. This qualification creates a path to add a specialisation, or a further specialisation to existing qualifications and/or experience.

Note that this qualification does not lead to an automatic professional affiliation and/or recognition with the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (Engineers NZ) [IPENZ].

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have:

a) Successfully completed a bachelor degree in an engineering discipline (excluding a specialisation in the strand the candidate wishes to complete in this programme), with a pass mark of 65% or more, from a New Zealand institution, or
b) Successfully completed a bachelor degree in an engineering discipline from an approved and accredited overseas institution, with a pass mark of 65% or more or a Cumulative GPA of 6.5 or more; and completed their degree within 5 years; or
c) Successfully completed the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (excluding a specialisation in the strand the candidate wishes to complete in this programme) and have further practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind; or
d) Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience, as approved by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

English Language Requirements

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 band, with a minimum of 6.0 in both the written and speaking bands, and a minimum of 5.5 in both 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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