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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

Level 6

Make the most of your problem solving skills, knack for numbers and attention to detail with UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, and pursue a career as a qualified engineering technician in a wide range of high-tech industries.

An Electrical Engineering student takes a reading at our Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 2 years, full-time or part-time study options available

26 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,515.50Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Engineering will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a qualified Engineering Technician. You will study the principles and practices for the design and development of electronics used in computer engineering, telecommunications and the power supply industries.

This 2-year programme is an excellent foundation for further study, provides you with the skills employees are looking for, and gives you the option to kick-start your career as an engineering technician. 

Highly sought by employers, an engineering technician deals with engineering problems and activities that require knowledge and use of analytical techniques and procedures. To get started in this career, you must gain certification as an Engineering Technician with the Institute of Professional Engineers, New Zealand (IPENZ).  You can also gain this certification if you live in other areas of the world that are part of the Dublin Accord.   The Dublin Accord is an agreement for the international recognition of Engineering Technician qualifications and currently offered in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.

By attaining UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) you are eligible to apply for certification as an Engineering Technologist. This specialist Diploma is accredited by NZQA and the Dublin Accord. So, you can be both nationally and internationally recognised to begin your career. 

Gaining this qualification opens up fantastic job opportunities for you both in New Zealand and overseas in the electrical and power industries.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Engineering technician
  • Production manager
  • Workshop supervisor
  • Product design and developer
  • Business owner
  • Electrical & electronic designer
  • Industrial automation & control
  • Power system designer
  • Or staircase to further study
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Electricians.

 Course Information

  • Engineering Fundamentals
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Technical Literacy
  • Electrical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Applications
  • Power Engineering
  • PLC Programming
  • Electronic Principles
  • Electrical Machines
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Project
  • Power Systems 1
  • Protection
  • Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

  • Max Tarr Electrical
  • Powerco
  • B&M Electrical
  • Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)

 Domestic Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this programme have been established by the NZBED. Candidates are required to have:

  • NCEA Level 2 (including a minimum of 10 Literacy Credits at Level 1 or higher for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013), and 
  • A minimum total of 48 NCEA 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.
The entry requirements for this programme have been established by the New Zealand Board for Engineering Diplomas (NZBED).


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants:

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

Potential students who do not meet the minimum entry requirements should contact the Programme Leader to discuss other entry options. Students must supply their own equipment as specified in the Student Handbook.

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, (Electrical) Level 6 comprises 240 credits.

Work experience
There are no work experience hours for this programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs for the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering:
  • Scientific calculator (not programmable)
  • Drawing equipment
  • Compas set
  • Folders
  • Lecture pads
  • Pens and pencils


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.