Otago Polytechnic

OSTC Introduction to Engineering (Level 3)



Are you interested in engineering?

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?

This course has two options. You can choose which one is suitable for you.   

Option one: Study at Polytechnic for one day a week, and do some hands-on learning about engineering. 

You will be working in the Otago Polytechnic workshops, carrying out experiments and investigations. You might be making and investigating the properties of concrete, testing the strength of a steel rod, pulling apart engines, 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, exploring career options.   


Option two: Study at Polytechnic for two days a week. One day will be spent learning about the different areas of engineering. 

On the second day you will be learning maths and physics in an engineering context. This is ideal for students who are interested in an engineering career, but may not have enough maths or physics.

You will gain the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Engineering) Level 3, and meet the entry requirements for the NZ Diploma in Engineering. 


What could I do next?

  • Study a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (mechanical, electrical, or civil) 
  • 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 OSTC, visit www.op.ac.nz/ostc  


Unit standards covered in this course


Unit standards for this course will be available soon.  

You will gain 15-20 credits at level 3 for option one, and 30-40 credits at level 3 for option two. 


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.