Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Searching for a way to become a skilled and competent engineering technician in the electrical profession?

Look no further! Electrical engineers undertake a wide variety of work ranging from the design and programming of PLC's in industrial applications to the design and commissioning of complex building services or electrical distribution installations. Study electrical engineering and look forward to future career roles such as project management, maintenance management and contract management as well as general hands-on electrical engineering problem-solving. There is presently a significant shortage of trained engineers and qualified technicians are in high demand for their skills and experience.

Use this qualification to gain the necessary expertise and supply the demand; New Zealand-trained engineering graduates have a good reputation worldwide for their work-readiness and high calibre and with this Dublin accord-accredited qualification, international employment opportunities are available. Gain a sound knowledge, understanding and practical appreciation of electrical engineering processes and theory, and develop your ability to apply learning in a practical and innovative way. 

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

Skills required
  • Analytical and problem-solving
  • Good computer ability
  • The ability to plan, organise and adapt
  • To enjoy working with groups or on your own.
Entry requirements
  • 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 in four subjects including at least 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 dipoma-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 New Zealand Diploma in Engineering 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 30 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

Hand tools and test equipment are included in the programme fee but these tools will remain the property of Otago Polytechnic. You are required to provide your own personal stationery and basic drawing instruments. Laptops would be an advantage, but not essential. Dust coats and/or overalls are optional for the workshop environment to protect your clothing.

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 degree programmes at either Canterbury or Auckland Universities. Completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering can reduce the length of these engineering degrees by a year, or with appropriate experience, two years on application. NZDE forms part of the pathway to become registered as an Electrical Engineer with EWRB (www.ewrb.govt.nz). 

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, project work and laboratory sessions.

Please note: An Electrical Service Person course is also available from 2016 and is recommended for diploma students. This is administrated by the EWRB. Please visit www.ewrb.govt.nz for more information.

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 which consists of formal lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and your own study time.

Qualification structure

Options: Power, Automation & Control and Illumination & Building Services

Course Code

Course Title

Level

Credit

Pre-requisite

YEAR ONE

 

 

 

 

Semester One

COMPULSORY COURSES

 

 

 

DE4101

Engineering Fundamentals

4

15

 

DE4102

Engineering Mathematics - FULL YEAR

4

15

 

DE4103

Technical Literacy

4

15

 

DE4401

Electrical Principles

4

15

 

Semester Two

 COMPULSORY COURSES

 

 

 

DE4402

Electrical and Electronic Applications

4

15

 

DE5401

Power Engineering

5

15

 

DE5402

PLC Programming 1

5

15

 

DE5403

Electronic Principles

5

15

 

 

Year 1 Total Credits

 

120

 

YEAR TWO

 

 

 

 

Semester One

COMMON COMPULSORY COURSES

Level

Credit

 

DE5404

Electrical Machines

5

15

 

DE5413

Power Protection Systems 1

5

15

 

DE6401

Power Systems 1

6

15

 

 

ELECTIVES (choose two)

 

 

 

 

Automation and Control option

   

 Pre-requisite

DE5417

Instrumentation and Control Systems

5

15

DE4101 & DE5403

DE6411

PLC Programming 2

6

15

 DE5402

DE6414

Advanced Instrumentation and Control Systems

6

15

 DE5417

 

Building Services option

   

 Pre-requisite

DE5415

Illumination Engineering 1

5

15

 

DE6409

Building Services

6

15

 DE5401 & DE5404

DE6418

Illumination Engineering 2

6

15

 DE5415

 

Power option

   

 Pre-requisite

DE6406

Power Protection Systems 2

6

15

 DE5413

DE6410

Generation & Sustainable Energy

6

15

 DE5401 & DE5404

DE6419

Maintenance Engineering Management

6

15

 

Semester Two

COMMON COMPULSORY

 

 

 

DE6101

Engineering Management

6

15

 

DE6499

Engineering Project (Electrical)

6

15

 

 

Year 2 Total Credits

 

120

 

 

Programme Total Credits

 

240

 

Note: In addition, CISCO Networking 1 and 2 courses are available. These courses are useful if you are likely to be engaged in employment where networking of computers would be undertaken. Additional fees would apply.

An Electrical Service Person course is also available and is recommended for Diploma students. This is administrated by the EWRB. Please visit www.ewrb.govt.nz for more information.

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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