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
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    19 February 2018
    2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
    23 April 2018 - 4 May 2018
    17 September 2018 - 28 September 2018
Want a career using maths? Curious about mechanical engineering and wondering how to start an engineering career?

Start here! Study Mechanical Engineering and learn about the design, manufacture and management of engineering projects and equipment maintenance. The industry has experienced substantial growth over recent years due to developments and globalisation of engineering design, research, technology and manufacturing processes. This qualification has been designed to provide specialist technicians and technical engineers in the mechanical engineering industry, and many of our graduates secure employment before they even finish their qualifications.

Gain a 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. Use this qualification to gain the necessary expertise and you could find work as an engineering machinist and toolmaker, designer or specialist technician. Alternatively, employment opportunities may arise in areas such as light fabrication sheetmetal work, heavy fabrication for building or truck and vehicle frames, or welding. With hard work and experience, you could even set your sights on careers in project management.

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

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 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 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 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.

You will study

The aim of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering is 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 mechanical engineering classes which consist 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

DE3301

Engineering Practice

3

15

DE4301

Engineering CAD

4

15

DE4302

Mechanics

4

15

DE4203

Material Properties

4

15

YEAR TWO

COMPULSORY

   

DE6301

Fluid Mechanics

6

15

DE6101

Engineering Management

6

15

DE6399

Engineering Project (Mechanical)

6

15

DE5301

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

5

15

DE5302

Strength of Materials 1

5

15

DE5304

Elect Fundamentals

5

15

 

ELECTIVES (select 2)

   

DE5303

Manufacturing Processes

5

15

DE5402

PLC Programming 1

5

15

DE6302

Mechanics of Machines

6

15

DE6308

Strength of Materials 2

6

15

DE6309

Advanced Thermodynamics

6

15

DE6315

Fluid Power

6

15

DE6419

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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