Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Location

Dunedin

Duration
Three years full-time; part-time options
Delivery

On campus with a significant industry-based project to help you gain workplace experience

Credits
360
Level
7
Start
February
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Capable
    1 January 2017
  • Dunedin
    26 February 2018
    2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
    23 April 2018 - 4 May 2018
    17 September 2018 - 28 September 2018
  • Dunedin
    26 February 2018
    2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
    23 April 2018 - 4 May 2018
    17 September 2018 - 28 September 2018
  • Dunedin
    26 February 2018
    2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
    23 April 2018 - 4 May 2018
    17 September 2018 - 28 September 2018

Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering.

Are you a hands-on kind of person who enjoys planning and problem-solving?

Use those strengths to help shape your future within the Engineering industry. Engineering Technologists are in high demand around the world for their skills and experience in combining engineering theory with the applied and practical components required in a range of industries. With hard work and a responsible attitude, you could set your sights on project management or consultancy roles in your particular fields.

Gain skills in management, economics, communications, problem-solving and critical thinking, while developing a deep understanding of the principles and practical application of modern technology in your area of specialisation. During the third year, you will have the opportunity to participate in a significant industry-based project in order to gain experience within the workplace.

This programme is a collaboration by New Zealand Metro Polytechnics and has provisional accreditation towards the Sydney Accord of the International Engineering Alliance from the Institution of Professional Engineers, which ensures it meets national and international standards.

Engineering career opportunities
  • Research and development
  • Technical support and application
  • Education and communication
  • Sales
  • Quality and general management
  • Technocratic roles in local authorities and government.
Skills required
  • Good problem-solving ability
  • Practical thinking
  • Good computer skills
  • The ability to plan, organise and adapt
  • Excellent communication skills.
Entry requirements 
  • NCEA Level 3 including:
    • Three subjects - at Level 3 including:
      • minimum of 14 credits in physics
      • minimum of 14 credits in calculus
      • one other subject from the list of NZQA approved subjects, and
    • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
      • 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
    • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
      • specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR
      • unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required)
      • OR equivalent qualifications.
  • If you are a school leaver or adult applicant with equivalent experience who does not meet all of the entry criteria, you may be given provisional entry at the discretion of the Head of School where it is considered that you have a reasonable chance of succeeding in this qualification.
  • As part of our selection process, you may be required to undertake a face-to-face or telephone interview.
  • As part of our selection process, international students need to show that they have achieved their country's equivalent of the academic entry criteria above.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in writing and speaking, and no less than 5.5 in reading and listening.
Additional documentation

You do not have to provide any additional documentation.

Selection procedure

Eligible applicants will be selected using the entry criteria. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places, applicants will be placed on to a waiting list in the order that they applied.   

You will study

This programme is made up of core and elective courses. Each will focus on the design and implementation of engineering technology and will concentrate on the development of advanced critical thinking and problem solving activities for effective troubleshooting.

YEAR ONE

Develop skills in communication, management, mathematics, engineering science, basic electrical/electronic principles and basic engineering practices. Elective courses may be selected according to your area of specialty.

YEAR TWO

Continue to build on your selected major. 

YEAR THREE

Undertake an industry-based project in order to gain experience within the engineering profession.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, enter industry practice and then develop, demonstrate and maintain practical skills and professional competence. Your graduate career has the potential to develop as follows:

Development stage - Enter initial employment and develop competence for independent practice under supervision.

Independent practice - Practice independently as a competent engineering technologist benchmarked against the competence standard for registration as an Engineering Technology Practitioner (ETPract). You are now able to progress to Technical Membership of IPENZ (TIPENZ).

Team leadership - Take overall responsibility for the work of a team in which you are the most expert.

Technical management - Supervise the work of others who may have greater or wider competence.

General management - Become involved in management at an organisational level. You may no longer be directly involved with technical engineering technology activities.

Your workload

During this practical and theoretical programme, you should expect to contribute time towards both directed and self-directed study. The number of hours will vary according to the chosen specialisation and route through the qualification.

Qualification structure

COMMON COMPULSORY

Year

Course Name

Credits

Level

1

MG5001 - Engineering Computing

15

5

1

MG5002 - Engineering Mechanics

15

5

1

MG5003 - Engineering Communication

15

5

1

MG5004 - Engineering Mathematics

15

5

1

MG5005 - Engineering Design and Drawing

15

5

1

MG6103 - Engineering Management Principles

15

6

3

MG7121 - Professional Engineering Practice

15

7

3

MG7101 - Engineering Development Project

30

7

CIVIL MAJOR COMPULSORY COURSES

Year

Course Name

Credits

Level

1

MG5107 - Civil Materials

15

5

1

MG5009 - Engineering Site Investigation

15

5

2

MG5006 - Land Surveying

15

5

2

MG5032 - Basic Structures

15

5

2

MG5008 - Fluid Mechanics (Mech)

15

5

2

MG5012 - Highway Engineering

15

6

2

MG6005 - Civil Engineering Detailing & Modelling

15

6

2

MG6106 - Civil Engineering Construction Practices

15

6

Specialisations: Structural, Water and Water Waste, Transportation and Geotechnical.

Electives avaliable: Geotechnical Engineering A, Highway Design & Maintenance, Traffic Engineering, Structural Principles, Special Topic, Water & Waste Engineering, Water Waste Treatment, Urban Transport Planning, Project Management and Risk Management.

MECHANICAL MAJOR COMPULSORY COURSES

Year

Course Name

Credits

Level

1

MG5033 - Electrical Fundamentals

15

5

1

MG5028 - Materials Science

15

5

2

MG5029 - Strength of Materials 1

15

5

2

MG5030 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

15

5

2

MG6032 - Fluid Mechanics ( Civil )

15

6

2

MG6033 - Mechanics of Machines

15

6

2

MG6136 - Design

15

6

2

MG6037 - Advanced Thermodynamics

15

6

2

MG6038 - Strength of Materials 2

15

6

The Mechanical major is not constructed with specialisations but can be tailored to meet particular needs through the choice of suitable electives. 

Electives available: Engineering Management Principles, Project Management, Manufacturing Processes and Production, Engineering Mathematics 2, Energy Engineering, Mechanical Design 2, Fluids Power and Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Risk Management and Special Topic.    

ELECTRICAL MAJOR COMPULSORY COURSES

Year

Course Name

Credits

Level

1

MG5014 - Electrical and Electronic Principles 1 

15

5

1

MG5015 - Electrical and Electronic Principles 2

15

5

ELECTRICAL MAJOR COMPULSORY COURSES for Mechatronics specialisation

 Year

Course Name                                               

Credits

Level

 2

MG5018 - PLC Programming 1

 15

 5

 2

MG5026 - Instrumentation & Control 1

 15

 5

2

MG6031 - Instrumentation & Control 2

15

6

 2

MG6032 - Fluid Mechanics

 15

 6

 2

MG6033 - Mechanics of Machines

 15

 6

 2

MG6069 - PLC Programming 2

 15

 6

 3

MG6020 - Automation

 15

 6

 3

MG7017 - Robotics

 15

 7

 3

MG7018 - Systems and Control

15

 7

ELECTRICAL MAJOR COMPULSORY COURSES for Power specialisation

 Year 

Course Name                                              

Credits

Level

 2

MG5016 - Elements of Power Engineering

15

 5

 2

MG5017 - Electrical Machines

 15

5

 2

MG5018 - PLC Programming 1

 15

 5

 2

MG6069 - PLC Programming 2

 15

 6

 2

MG6117 - Power Distribution

15

 6

 2

MG6118 - Sustainable Energy & Power Electronics

 15

 6

 2

MG6136 - Design

 15

 6

MG6020 - Automation

 15

 6

 3

MG7011 - Electrical Machine Dynamics

15

 7

3

MG7110 - Power Systems

15

7

Specialisations: Power or Mechatronics

Electives avaliable: Project Management Principles, Special Topic, Engineering Mathematics 2, Project Management, Risk Management, Energy Engineering and Fluid Power & Advanced Fluid Mechanics.

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. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

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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.

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