Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Infrastructure Asset Management Apprenticeship

This is an apprenticeship pathway where you'll gain experience in industry projects within your chosen specialty - Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. This degree is accredited by Engineering New Zealand (ENZ) which ensures it meets national and international standards. You will also be eligible to become a graduate member of ENZ. Internationally, the degree is accredited to the International Engineering Alliance's Sydney Accord and also supported by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA). 

About the programme 

A first in New Zealand, this apprenticeship degree has been developed in partnership with industry to combat the looming skills shortage in the area of Infrastructure Asset Management. 

The skills shortage is due to a lot of ageing infrastructure that needs replacing, new technological advances for sustainable infrastructure and processes, and a lack of newly trained asset managers. 

The industry is taking a proactive approach to safeguard New Zealand's infrastructure and you can be part of the solution!

Through this apprenticeship pathway, you'll gain experience in industry projects within your chosen specialty - Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. You will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills through a combination of theory and hands-on practice. 

Aimed at all levels of experience, the beauty of this pathway is that you learn by doing and will be fully-immersed in a real-world work environment.

It will take you two to five years to complete, depending on your pathway into the programme.

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology is accredited by Engineering New Zealand (ENZ) which ensures it meets national and international standards. Upon successful completion, you'll be eligible to become a graduate member of ENZ. Internationally, the degree is accredited to the International Engineering Alliance's Sydney Accord. Supported by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA). 

What is Infrastructure Asset Management?

Infrastructure asset management is the integrated, multi-disciplinary set of strategies used in sustaining public infrastructure assets such as water supply or treatment facilities, communications, roads, bridges and railways. Generally, the process focuses on the later stages of a facility’s life cycle, specifically maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement.

Asset Management can also refer to the management of industry/company assets (e.g. keeping the equipment running in a factory).

Asset Management is an ideal area for a workplace-focused, apprenticeship model of learning as the apprentices are able to work specifically with the assets they will be custodians of in the future. 

Career options include: 

  • Infrastructure Asset Manager 
  • Civil Engineer 
  • Mechanical Engineer 
  • Electrical Engineer 
  • Water and Waste Engineer 
  • Environmental Engineer 
  • Natural Resources Engineer 
  • Structural Engineer
  • Draughtsperson 

Who is this degree for?

Anyone who is interested in embarking on/continuing on a career in the asset management of critical infrastructure.

This area is ideal for those who like project management and strategic thinking. You'll also need to like the idea of working as part of a larger team and will need to have the ability to relate to a range of people when communicating to them out in the field.   

Learners can:

  • already be employed in the industry 
  • be new to the industry 
  • want a change of career 
  • be a school leaver.  

All learners must either be:

  • in employment in a relevant industry (approved by the steering committee of the degree apprenticeship), or 
  • be taken on as an apprentice in such a role. 

Depending on your level of experience, the path you take through this programme will vary. For example, school leavers will need to complete all components and more on-campus time versus those that are more experienced engineers who are already undertaking a daily engineering role and can provide portfolios of evidence to support their experience. 


During this programme, you will: 

  • learn the fundamental principles of asset management, communications and economics for engineering and management roles 
  • further your problem-solving and critical thinking skills 
  • develop an awareness of the social and environmental impact of engineering 
  • understand principles underlying the technology in your area of specialisation 
  • develop modern design techniques in your area of specialisation 
  • learn how to use advanced technology to design and develop a project 
  • learn how to use data analytics for decision making.  
Specialisations and courses 

You'll first need to choose a specialisation - Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.

The concept of this programme is that it provides an opportunity to develop workplace capability and resilience. A lot of the following core courses will therefore be completed in your workplace:  

  • Engineering Communication 
  • Engineering Computing 
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Design and Drawing 
  • Engineering Management Principles 
  • Engineering Development Project 
  • Professional Engineering Practice 
  • Engineering Mathematics* 

(*This course will be difficult to complete in the workplace so will be taught either through blended learning (face-to-face block courses or workshops) or via the face-to-face, traditional classroom-based sessions).

In addition to the courses above, you will also complete a number of electives or replacement courses of study (these vary per major) plus these five compulsory asset management courses: 

  • Introduction to Asset Management 
  • Asset Management Planning  
  • Data Analytics and Statistics for Asset Managers 
  • Risk Management 
  • Resource and Environmental Management   

These five courses are delivered as a combination of industry approved micro-credentials and block courses attended by industry participants. This will enable you to have direct contact with industry professionals on a regular basis. 

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.