Civil Engineering

Study Civil Engineering and learn to design, manage and maintain civil works and structures. As a graduate, you could go on to manage incredible infrastructure projects around New Zealand and the world.

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Gain a sound knowledge, understanding and practical appreciation of civil engineering processes and theory by developing your ability to apply learning in a hands-on and innovative way.

Civil engineering skills are in high demand in New Zealand due to increased government spending on infrastructure such as road, water collection, wastewater management and public buildings.

The biggest point of difference at Otago Polytechnic is our real-world approach to learning. The experience you’ll gain on industry projects as part of your programme will give you the skills to seamlessly transition from study to employment within the civil engineering industry.

Civil Engineering qualifications

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This is a practical programme using real-life scenarios as part of your learning. Graduates of this qualification may find career opportunities with local authorities, construction companies, mining companies or civil engineering consultancies. Employers often headhunt directly from this programme.

Duration

2 Years Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Civil Engineer , Construction Worker , Contract Manager, Design Consultant, Geotechnical Technician/Engineer, Maintenance Manager, Mining Worker, Project Manager, Roading Technician/Engineer, Specialist Engineering Technician, Structural Engineer, Three Waters Technician/Engineer

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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.

Duration

3 Years Full-time

Delivery

Work-based through Capable NZ, On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Civil Engineering Technologist, Commissioning Engineer, Contract Manager, Electrical Engineering Technologist, Engineering Project Manager, Facilities Manager, Maintenance Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Mechanical Engineering Technologist

Engineering

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). 

Duration

2 Years Full-time

Delivery

Work-based

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

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

What kind of engineer are you?

Take our quiz to find out if Civil, Mechanical or Electrical engineering suits you best.

What kind of engineer are you?
Engineering Maths Summer School

Engineering Maths Summer School

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Contact us

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