Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering - Civil Engineering

Location

Dunedin

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

On campus; this programme is very practical and you will learn using real-life scenarios

Credits
240
Level
6
Start
February
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    26 February 2018
    2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
    23 April 2018 - 4 May 2018
    17 September 2018 - 28 September 2018

Want to help shape the world by becoming a skilled and competent engineering technician in the civil profession? Looking for jobs using maths?

Then this is the programme for you! Study civil engineering and get to participate in the design, construction management and maintenance of civil works such as roads, dams, earthquake engineering, water and sewerage systems. Civil engineering graduates are responsible for the project management of these jobs. Civil engineering graduates can work internationally and New Zealand civil engineering graduates have a good reputation worldwide. This diploma is recognised by the Institution of Professional Engineers in New Zealand (IPENZ).

Gain a sound knowledge, understanding and practical appreciation of civil engineering processes and theory, by developing your ability to apply learning in a practical and innovative way. There is presently a significant shortage of trained civil engineer technicians, particularly in roading. This shortage is expected to become more acute in the short term so your skills and experience will be highly sought after. Employment opportunities may arise within construction companies, mining companies or local authorities, and with further experience you could even set your sights on becoming a civil engineering consultant or contractor.

Please note: Places are limited across all disciplines so early application is advisable.

Skills required
  • A passion for civil engineering and working outdoors
  • Good problem-solving ability
  • People skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to plan, organise and adapt.
Entry requirements
  • 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 in four subjects including 12 in mathematics* OR equivalent qualifications/skills/experience.
  • 8 NCEA literacy credits at Level 1 or higher, including 4 credits in reading and 4 in writing.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet diploma-level entry requirements.
  • 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 band score less than 5.5.

*Please note: Statistics and Probability credits are not categorised under "Mathematics credits" within the NCEA framework and therefore cannot count towards 12 required Mathematics credits. 

Don't meet the entry criteria? Don't worry! 

If you don't meet any of the entry requirements for this qualification, or have been out of learning for awhile, enrol in our great one semester long preparation programme. Successful completion will give you a Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) and direct entry into this Diploma.  

If you don't meet the maths entry requirement for this qualification but meet all of the other criteria, enrol in our great Engineering Maths Summer School and upksill so you can apply.

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

Applicants are accepted using the entry criteria on a first-come, first-in basis with places limited to no more than 50 per year. Should the number of applicants exceed the available places, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in order of the date they applied. All applicants will be interviewed.

Additional costs

You are required to provide your own personal stationery and basic drawing instruments including:

  • Scientific calculator - Casio FX-82 is preferred
  • Pad of A4 lined writing paper
  • Pen
  • 2 GB Data Stick. 

Compulsory Textbooks: 

  • Basic Technical Mathematics with Calculus (Allyn J Washington) - approximately $100
  • Engineering Mechanics (Val Ivanoff) - approximately $100
  • Surveying for Engineers (Uren & Price) - approximately $135
Further study options

Upon successful completion of this qualification, there are opportunities for you to move in to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology at Otago Polytechnic or engineering degree programmes at either Canterbury or Auckland Universities. Completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Civil Engineering can reduce the length of these degrees by a year and a half, or with appropriate experience, two years on application.

Programme specific risks

You are alerted to the requirement that you must be able to demonstrate an ability to work safely in all practical situations. 

You will study

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering has been designed to provide skilled and competent engineering technicians who:

  • Apply engineering theory to practice and competently perform technical operations to the standards, ethical and professional responsibilities required by the engineering profession
  • Have a knowledge sufficient to permit informed, rational decision making in a specialist field of engineering and to implement these decisions
  • Will work collaboratively with construction workers, clients, authorities, agencies, industry and other professionals to provide a comprehensive engineering service in the relevant specialist area
  • Have an understanding of all cultures and, in particular, an awareness and clear understanding of the tangata whenua and the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Resource Management Act.

As these courses have a high practical content, relevant work experience would be an advantage. You will also learn through theoretical study and laboratory sessions.

Your workload

Your workload will be significant as assessment is continuous throughout the year with assignments issued regularly and end of semester exams. If you are studying full-time, you will be expected to undertake approximately 40 hours per week of civil engineering study which consists of formal lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and your own study time.

Qualification structure 

SMS Code

Course Title

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE

COMPULSORY

 

 

DE4101

Engineering Fundamentals

4

15

DE4102

Engineering Mathematics 1

4

15

DE4103

Technical Literacy

4

15

DE4201

Materials (Civil)

4

15

DE4202

Land Surveying 1

4

15

DE5201

Structures 1

5

15

DE5202

Civil and Structural Drawing

5

15

DE5207

Geotechnical Engineering 1

5

15

 

YEAR TWO

COMPULSORY

 

 

DE5203

Hydraulics (Civil)

5

15

DE5204

Highway Engineering 1

5

15

DE6101

Engineering Management

6

15

DE6299

Engineering Project (Civil)

6

15

 

ELECTIVES (select 4, at least 3 must be Level 6)

 

 

DE5205

Engineering Surveying

5

15

DE5206

Structures 2

5

15

DE6201

Geotechnical Engineering 2

6

15

DE6202

Highway Engineering 2

6

15

DE6203

Traffic Engineering

6

15

DE6205

Water and Waste Systems

6

15

DE6206

Water and Waste Management

6

15

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMME TOTAL

 

240

Please note: Alternatives to those listed above may be available following consultation with the Programme Manager. Subjects offered subject to minimum class numbers.

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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