Electrical Engineering

Study Electrical Engineering and learn to design, develop, manage or maintain electrical devices and power systems. Whether you aim to be an Electrician or an Electrical Engineer, we offer a variety of programmes to choose from.

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Gain a sound knowledge, understanding and practical appreciation to become a qualified Electrician or a specialised Electrical Engineer. You’ll discover the processes and theory by developing your ability to apply learning in a hands-on and innovative way.

While our certificate programmes in electrical engineering will fast track you to a career as an Electrician, our Engineering Technology diploma and degree qualifications are ideal for those who want to learn how to design things, make things, build things, solve problems and understand how things work.

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 electrical industry.

Electrical Engineering qualifications

Engineering

This is a practical programme using real-life scenarios as part of your learning. You will graduate ready to undertake a wide variety of work ranging from designing and programming PLCs in industrial applications to designing and commissioning complex building services or electrical distribution installations. Employers often headhunt directly from this programme.

Duration

2 Years Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Automation Systems Integrator, Contract Manager, Electrical Designer, Electrical Engineer, Energy Auditor , Fault Finder, Instrumentation & Controls Engineer, Maintenance Manager, PLC Programmer, Project Manager, Specialist Engineering Technician

Engineering

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 

Engineering Maths Summer School

Engineering Maths Summer School

Need to get your NCEA Level 2 maths so you can apply for our engineering diplomas? No problem.

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