Otago Polytechnic

OSTC Introduction to Engineering



Are you interested in engineering?   Worried you don't have the maths?  

This one day a week course will give you all you will need to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, which is in high demand from employers.  

This hands-on course will teach you about mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, and the many different career pathways that are on offer.  


What will I do?


You will attend Polytechnic for one day a week. For some of the time you will be working in the Otago Polytechnic engineering workshops, carrying out experiments and investigations. You might be making and investigating the properties of concrete, testing the strength of a steel rod, working in our EPIC Centre, or studying electrical circuits.  While you are doing this, you will be learning to work and communicate effectively in a team.

You will also visit some commercial engineering sites, and explore the many career options available.  

You will also spend time learning maths and physics for engineering, and you will gain enough maths credits to apply for the Diploma of Engineering, without having to do the bridging course first.  




What could I do next?

  • Gain the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (mechanical, electrical, or civil) 
  • Go on to get the Bachelor of Engineering Technology. 
  • Gain an apprenticeship for paid, on-the-job training


Where could this take me?

Civil, mechanical, and electrical engineer 

Maintenance engineer

Engineering technician

For more information about these careers, visit https://www.careers.govt.nz/


For more information about OSTC, visit www.op.ac.nz/ostc  


Unit standards covered in this course


The unit standards for this course are in the process of being finalised and will be available soon.  

You will gain between 24 -28 NCEA credits for this course.  


Please note: All our programmes will run subject to demand and capacity. 


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.