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Curious about how mechanical things work? Forge a career as a mechanical engineering technician or technologist!

If you like taking things apart to see how they work and having a go at making them yourself, then you should study mechanical engineering and mechatronics.



Want to be a machinist, fabricator or welder?

Study our mechanical engineering certificate to get you on track for your apprenticeship.





New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a focus on Engineering

  • Dunedin
  • One semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts July
  • Apply now

Now you can start your journey to becoming an engineering technician no matter what your academic background! Successful completion of this programme will give you a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and enable entry into our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical).

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Dunedin
  • Two years full-time; part-time options
  • Level 6
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Want to become a skilled and competent mechanical engineering technician? This programme will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering processes and theory. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs).

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time; part-time options
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July (part-time)
  • Apply for our next intake

Become an engineering technologist! Learn engineering theory and the applied and practical skills required to work in a wide range of industries, and gain a deep understanding of your area of specialisation through an industry-based project. Mechanical, Civil and Electrical specialties available. If you have existing skills and knowledge due to practical experience in this area, you could study this programme via distance through Capable NZ (our recognition of prior learning centre). You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Infrastructure Asset Management Apprenticeship

  • Offered from the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus and studied alongside employment
  • 2-5 years depending on your entry route into the programme
  • Level 7
  • Starts - Flexible
  • Apply anytime

A first in New Zealand, this apprenticeship degree has been developed with industry to combat the looming skills shortage in the area of Infrastructure Asset Management. Offered in partnership with Weltec, you’ll gain experience in industry projects within your chosen specialty – Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. Aimed at all levels of experience, the beauty of this pathway is that you will learn by doing and will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills related to a real-world environment. A whole host of career options await graduates of this programme – the industry is taking a proactive approach to safeguard New Zealand's infrastructure and you can be part of the solution!

Master of Design Enterprise

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts February 2021
  • Apply by 31 January

Want to develop the ability to provide design and design-led strategy expertise within an organisation or enterprise? Engage in industry-based research tailored to suit your particular needs.