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

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

NCEA Level 2 (specific subjects apply). If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any band).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification.

Duration

The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The annual and total qualification tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (These are averages based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Government tuition subsidy

Annual: - Total Qualification:
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Total

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The combined total of the annual and total amount paid by both student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (These are estimates based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

For more information on compulsory student services fess, loans and allowances.

Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

(lower quartile, median, upper quartile)
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

In employment -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

In further study -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

Content

Learn about the design and development of civil infrastructure including water supply and treatment, irrigation and hydropower systems, highways, subdivisions and structural architecture.

This two year diploma designed by industry in 2010 to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector includes core and elective courses focused on the design and implementation of engineering technology and aimed at providing you with sound thinking and problem solving abilities.

You will gain a solid grounding in engineering theory and principles of engineering science including basic design and drawing, mathematics and communication skills.

With the mechanical specialisation you can select from different strands including mechanical engineering, services and production. Your studies will cover processes for installing, testing, and monitoring equipment and systems, operating and maintaining advanced plant, and managing or supervising these activities.

You will also complete work placements where you can apply your knowledge in a real world environment.

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.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 240 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 2

    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)

    and

    including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013).

Alternative requirements
  • equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge)

    or

    equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note : Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.5

READING

5.5

WRITING

5.5

LISTENING

5.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart
PROGRAMME CODE: NZ2612
LEVEL: 6
CREDITS: 240
COMMENCES: February, July
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: Received all year
International: Please enquire
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $5,700 - $6,300
International: $21,280
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street
PART-TIME AVAILABILITY:
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Advised before enrolment

Next steps

To apply for this programme please send us:

  • an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

Civil Engineers work with the physical infrastructure and design public amenities such as water supplies/treatment, subdivisions, highways, irrigation and hydropower systems. Structural work on the design of skeletons of buildings is a further branch of this profession.

Graduates are usually employed as technician engineers, design draftspersons, construction supervisors, or sales or project engineers and are in high demand globally.

This qualification also satisfies the academic entry requirements of the Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) accreditation system.

Study pathways

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering is the ideal pathway to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology; the Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Design is a further option.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Calculus , Algebra, Trigonometry