New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Mechanical).xml New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Mechanical)

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

DiplomaFull time - 2 years, part time - up to 5 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$5,700 - $6,300


February, July





Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


With this programme you will enhance your practical engineering skills and experience and improve your career prospects as an engineering technician.

This national qualification was designed by industry in 2010 to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector. The programme consists of 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 this mechanical specialisation, you can choose 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

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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)


    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)


    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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

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

On completion of this qualification you can launch your career as an engineering technician. Other career opportunities include roles as a design engineer, production engineer, maintenance team leader, sales engineer or quality assurance engineer. Further experience may lead to management positions in technology focused companies.

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) recognises New Zealand Diploma in Engineering and graduates can apply to become a Certified Engineering Technician (CertETn).

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