Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Infrastructure Asset Management Apprenticeship

Location

Offered from the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus and studied alongside employment

Duration
Two to five years depending on your entry route into the programme
Delivery

Industry project learning on the job combined with blended learning (online, face-to-face, workshops) 

Credits
360
Level
7
Start
Flexible
Apply
By emailing Sarah.Hexamer@op.ac.nz

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, which is offered in partnership with Weltec Polytechnic, 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.

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 set of strategies used in sustaining public infrastructure assets such as water treatment facilities, roads, bridges and railways. Generally, the process focuses on the later stages of a facility’s life cycle, specifically maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement.

What career options are there?
  • 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. 

How does the apprenticeship model work?

We have Apprentice Managers at both Otago and Weltec Polytechnics whose primary role is to maintain the relationship between you (the apprentice), your workplace mentor and the Polytechnic (and local hubs). They will ensure that you are able to meet your learning objectives, monitor your progress and facilitate opportunities to complete learning elsewhere (through blended, online or at other sites as needed). 

In addition, each course has its own Learning Leader/Lecturer who is available to support your learning outcomes. When a course has been completed and your portfolio of evidence is ready for moderation, the Apprentice Manager will facilitate the moderation panel meeting to assess this. You will also need to attend these assessment sessions to present your portfolio and to answer any questions. Moderators will include industry experts and Learning Leaders from the Polytechnic. 

Local hubs will be set up where there are a pool of apprentices. These will be made up of local industry leaders and mentors. Hubs will provide support for all apprentices and members will provide field trips, presentations and work placement/exchange opportunities. 

How will I learn? 

Completed as an apprenticeship model, this degree will take a minimum of two to five years depending on your route of entry into the programme. 

For those who have a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (or equivalent): Two years combination of industry project learning on the job along with blended online courses 

For those with school entry: Three to five years combination of industry project learning on the job along with blended online courses 

In general, the approach to learning is inquiry-based with a focus on practical experience. This will be shown by you performing set tasks to achieve your learning outcomes (solving problems, handling apparatus, using software programmes etc.)  

You will be expected to research, explore concepts and develop conceptual understanding through workplace project experience or Polytechnic simulations/lab work. You will also have the opportunity to learn techniques of problem solving through the pencasts/video material as well as your own research activities. 

What will I learn?
Key outcomes 

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. 

What's the entry criteria? 

You need to be in employment appropriate for a civil, mechanical or electrical major Asset Management pathway and have an employer that is supporting you in your study. 

Under 20 years old 

  • NCEA Level 3 (including three subjects at Level 3) including:
    • Physics with a minimum of 14 credits, and 
    • Calculus with a minimum of 14 credits, plus 
    • one other subject with a minimum of 14 credits from the list of NZQA approved subjects. 
  • 10 NCEA Level 2 literacy credits (5 in reading; 5 in writing)
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 (or above) numeracy credits 
  • OR equivalent qualification. 

20 years or over 

You may qualify for special admission on this programme. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis and may factor in education, work experience or a combination of both. Contact us if you don't meet the Under 20 entry criteria.  

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

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.