Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Location

Dunedin

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

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

Credits
240
Level
6
Start
February
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now
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
Have you always been curious about how mechanical things work and why? Use this curiosity to forge a career in mechanical engineering! 

If you've often peeked inside something and had a desire to have a go at making it yourself, then you're exactly the kind of person we're looking for to study mechanical engineering and mechatronics. 

Embrace the chance to have a go at projects you’ve only been thinking about until now!

During this hands-on programme, you will undertake a small amount of maths and science and learn how to design, create 3D models and program controls. You will gain sound knowledge, understanding and practical appreciation of mechanical engineering processes and theory by developing your ability to apply learning in a practical and innovative way. There are a variety of exciting, hands-on projects throughout this qualification such as building a full-size, two-seater airplane; battery-powered skateboard or an electric car. These skills can be applied throughout New Zealand or the world.

This industry is growing fast and the skills you gain can be applied throughout New Zealand or overseas. There is high demand for Engineering Technicians with training like this and many of our graduates secure employment before they even finish their qualifications.

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

Fee information

The tuition fees shown in the right-hand column are part of the Government’s Key Information for Students (KIS). This data is pulled from a database that the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) control. It is based on an average fee from the previous year.

This means there is always a difference between the TEC/KIS fee shown and Otago Polytechnic’s current indicative fee (other reasons also affect the KIS data such as fee reductions for students granted Recognition of Prior Learning). Due to this, the indicative fee below is the best guide for prospective students.

Information about compulsory student services levy >

Please note: The KIS data only applies to domestic students. Up-to-date international student fees can be found by clicking the International tab in the top right corner of this page.  

Skills required
  • Practical thinking
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Planning and organisational ability
  • Excellent communication skills.
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 credits in writing.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet diploma-level entry requirements.

*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. 

 

International students for whom English is not a first language, who come from countries with a visa decline rate of more than 20%

Domestic students for whom English is not a first language and international students from countries with a visa decline rate of less than 20%

View visa decline rates by country here.

 

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 New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation 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.

Graduate attributes

All courses within this qualification contribute towards the skills, knowledge and attributes of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering qualification and the Engineering Technician as recognised by the International Engineering Dublin Accord.

At the completion of this Diploma, all graduates will be able to:

Defferentiating characteristic

Dublin Accord - New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Graduate

Engineering knowledge

Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals, within specialist discipline to wide practical procedures and practices

Problem analysis

Identify and analyse well-defined problems reaching substantiated conclusions using codified methods of analysis specific to specialist field

Design development of solutions

Design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with design of systems, components or processes to meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural and societal and environmental considerations

Investigation

Conduct investigations of well-defined problems, locate and search relevant codes and catalogues, conduct standard tests and measurements

Modern tool usage

Apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools to well-defined engineering problems with an awareness of the limitations

Engineer and society

Demonstrate knowledge of the societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to engineering technician practice and solutions to well defined engineering problems

Environment and sustainability

Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of engineering technician work in the solution of well-defined engineering problems in societal and environmental contexts

Ethics

Understand and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of technical practice

Individual and team work

Function effectively as an individual, and as a team member in diverse technical teams

Communication

 

Communicate effectively on well-defined engineering activities with the engineering community and society at large, by being able to comprehend the work of others, document their own work, and give and receive clear instructions

Project management and finance

 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles, apply these to ones’ own work, as a member or leaders in a technical team and to manage projects in a  multidisciplinary environment

Lifelong learning

Recognise the need for, and have the ability to engage in independent updating in the context of specialised technical knowledge 

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 25 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 are included in the programme fee but these tools will remain the property of Otago Polytechnic. You are required to provide the following:

Personal stationery and basic drawing instruments:

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

Compulsory safety items: 

  • Overalls 
  • Steel capped boots or approved pair of safety shoes.

Safety itmes can be purchased from: 

Road Materials 
4-6 Forth Street
Dunedin
03 477 6390

Compulsory textbooks: 

  • Basic Technical Mathematics with Calculus (Allyn J Washington) - approximately $100
  • Engineering Mechanics (Val Ivanoff) - approximately $100.
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 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.

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 mechanical engineering classes which consist of formal lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and your own study time.

Qualification structure 

Course Title

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE COMPULSORY

   

Engineering Fundamentals

4

15

Engineering Mathematics 1

4

15

Technical Literacy

4

15

Engineering Practice

3

15

Engineering CAD

4

15

Mechanics

4

15

Material Properties

4

15

YEAR TWO COMPULSORY

   

Fluid Mechanics

6

15

Engineering Management

6

15

Engineering Project (Mechanical)

6

15

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

5

15

Strength of Materials 1

5

15

Elect Fundamentals

5

15

ELECTIVES (select 2)

   

Manufacturing Processes

5

15

PLC Programming 1

5

15

Mechanics of Machines

6

15

Strength of Materials 2

6

15

Advanced Thermodynamics

6

15

Fluid Power

6

15

Engineering Maintenance 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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