Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Accredited by Engineering New Zealand, this programme meets the standards required for the Dublin and Sydney international engineering accords - meaning it's highly respected and recognised nationally, and internationally. Gain skills in management, economics, communications, problem-solving and critical thinking, while developing a deep understanding of your specific area of engineering - Civil, Mechanical or Electrical. Take part in a significant industry-based project and prepare to become an Engineering Technologist.

About the programme

Are you a hands-on kind of person who enjoys planning and problem-solving? 

Use those strengths to help shape your future within the Engineering industry.

Accredited by Engineering New Zealand, this programme meets the standards required for the Dublin and Sydney international Engineering accords – meaning it’s highly respected and recognised nationally and internationally!

It will prepare you to become an Engineering Technologist and you can specialise in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering or Electrical Engineering. 

Engineering Technologists are in high demand around the world for their skills and experience in combining engineering theory with the applied and practical components required in a range of industries. With hard work and a responsible attitude, you could set your sights on project management or consultancy roles in your particular fields.

During this hands-on programme, you'll gain skills in management, economics, communications, problem-solving and critical thinking, while developing a deep understanding of the principles and practical application of modern technology in your area of specialisation. You'll have the chance to take part in a significant industry-based project in your final year to gain valuable experience within the workplace.

Studying part-time 

We know that studying full-time isn't always possible so we offer this programme with part-time options - talk to us about what suits you best! Our July intake is for part-time study only.

This programme is made up of core and elective courses. Each will focus on the design and implementation of engineering technology and will concentrate on the development of advanced critical thinking and problem solving activities for effective troubleshooting.

Year one
  • Develop skills in communication, management, mathematics, engineering science, basic electrical/electronic principles and basic engineering practices. Elective courses may be selected according to your area of specialty.
Year two
  • Continue to build on your selected major. 
Year three
  • Undertake an industry-based project in order to gain experience within the engineering profession.

When you graduate, you'll enter industry practice and then develop, demonstrate and maintain practical skills and professional competence.

Your graduate career has the potential to develop as follows:

1. Development stage

Enter initial employment and develop competence for independent practice under supervision.

2. Independent practice 

Practice independently as a competent engineering technologist benchmarked against the competence standard for registration as an Engineering Technology Practitioner (ETPract). You are now able to progress to Technical Membership of Engineering New Zealand (ENZ).

3. Team leadership 

Take overall responsibility for the work of a team in which you are the most expert.

4. Technical management 

Supervise the work of others who may have greater or wider competence.

5. General management 

Become involved in management at an organisational level. You may no longer be directly involved with technical engineering technology activities.

Career opportunities for engineering graduates exist in areas like research and development; technical support and application; education and communication; quality and general management; and roles in local authorities and government.

 

Courses 

Common compulsory courses 

Year

Course Name

Credits

Level

1

Engineering Computing

15

5

1

Engineering Mechanics

15

5

1

Engineering Communication

15

5

1

Engineering Mathematics

15

5

1

Engineering Design and Drawing

15

5

1

Engineering Management Principles

15

6

3

Professional Engineering Practice

15

7

3

Engineering Development Project

30

7

Civil Engineering compulsory courses

Specialisations: Structural, Water and Water Waste, Transportation and Geotechnical.

Electives available: Geotechnical Engineering A, Highway Design & Maintenance, Traffic Engineering, Structural Principles, Special Topic, Water & Waste Engineering, Water Waste Treatment, Urban Transport Planning, Resource and Environmental Management, Project Management and Risk Management.

Year

Course Name

Credits

Level

1

Civil Materials

15

5

1

Engineering Site Investigation

15

5

2

Land Surveying

15

5

2

Basic Structures

15

5

2

Fluid Mechanics (Mech)

15

5

2

Highway Engineering

15

6

2

Civil Engineering Detailing & Modelling

15

6

2

Civil Engineering Construction Practices

15

6

 

Mechanical Engineering compulsory courses

The Mechanical major is not constructed with specialisations but can be tailored to meet particular needs through the choice of suitable electives. 

Electives available: Engineering Management Principles, Project Management, Manufacturing Processes and Production, Engineering Mathematics 2, Energy Engineering, Mechanical Design 2, Fluids Power and Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Risk Management and Special Topic.   

Year

Course Name

Credits

Level

1

Electrical Fundamentals

15

5

1

Materials Science

15

5

2

Strength of Materials 1

15

5

2

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

15

5

2

Fluid Mechanics (Civil )

15

6

2

Mechanics of Machines

15

6

2

Design

15

6

2

Advanced Thermodynamics

15

6

2

Strength of Materials 2

15

6

Electrical Engineering compulsory courses

Specialisations: Power or Mechatronics

Electives available: Project Management Principles, Special Topic, Engineering Mathematics 2, Project Management, Risk Management, Energy Engineering and Fluid Power & Advanced Fluid Mechanics.

Note: Otago Polytechnic Engineering uses RoboDK (https://robodk.com) for simulation and offline programming of industrial robots

Year

Course Name

Credits

Level

1

Electrical and Electronic Principles 1 

15

5

1

Electrical and Electronic Principles 2

15

5

Electrical Engineering compulsory courses for Mechatronics specialisation

 Year

Course Name                                               

Credits

Level

 2

PLC Programming 1

 15

 5

 2

Instrumentation & Control 1

 15

 5

2

Instrumentation & Control 2

15

6

 2

Fluid Mechanics

 15

 6

 2

Mechanics of Machines

 15

 6

 2

PLC Programming 2

 15

 6

 3

Automation

 15

 6

 3

Robotics

 15

 7

Electrical Engineering compulsory courses for Power specialisation

 Year 

Course Name                                              

Credits

Level

 2

Elements of Power Engineering

15

 5

 2

Electrical Machines

 15

5

 2

PLC Programming 1

 15

 5

 2

PLC Programming 2

 15

 6

 2

Power Distribution

15

 6

 2

Sustainable Energy & Power Electronics

 15

 6

 2

Design

 15

 6

Automation

 15

 6

 3

Electrical Machine Dynamics

15

 7

3

Power Systems

15

7

 

Skills you'll gain

As a graduate of this programme, you'll be able to: 

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals and an engineering specialization as specified in SK1 to SK4 respectively to defined and applied engineering procedures, processes, systems or methodologies.
  2. Identify, formulate, research literature and analyse broadly defined engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using analytical tools appropriate to the discipline or areas of specialization (SK1-SK4).
  3. Design solutions for broadly-defined engineering technology problems and contribute to the design of systems, components or processes to meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental considerations (SK5).
  4. Conduct investigations of broadly-defined problems; locate, search and select relevant data from codes, databases and literature (SK8), design and conduct experiments to provide valid conclusions.
  5. Select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools, including prediction and modelling, to broadly-defined engineering problems, with an understanding of the limitations (SK6).
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to engineering technology practice and solutions to broadly defined engineering problems (SK7).
  7. Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of engineering technology work in the solution of broadly defined engineering problems in societal and engineering contexts (SK7).
  8. Understand and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering technology practice (SK7).
  9. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams.
  10. Communicate effectively on broadly-defined engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, by being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member or leader in a team and to manage projects in multidisciplinary environments.
  12. Recognise the need for, and have the ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in specialist technologies.  

This programme is a collaboration between the New Zealand Metro Polytechnics. The skills outlined above have been developed by the International Engineering Alliance and have been adopted under the Sydney Accord.

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.

Disclaimer

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.