Engineering

Goodbye fees, study engineering for free.

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, you can now study our diploma in engineering for free^.

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If you want to learn how to build roads, bridges and plan other infrastructure projects, or if you're into finding out how machines or electrical and electronic technologies work, develop the skills you need for an exciting career in engineering, with lots of exciting possibilities.

Our internationally-recognised courses suit everyone, from beginners to people who have already got related experience and allow you to enter the industry faster than a traditional four-year Bachelor of Engineering.

If you want to go on to higher study at university, our programmes will open the door for you. Whatever your pathway, our excellent support services and connections to local industry will set you up for success after graduation.

Northpower cadetship opportunity

Get supported to become an engineer, and earn while you learn with a Northpower cadetship.

MIT has partnered with Northpower to support up to 15 students into employment while studying towards the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (Electrical) (Level 6).

This unique cadetship opportunity with Northpower will allow you to gain real-world experience, become part of the tight-knit team with supportive mentors, and earn while you learn.

Applications are open to all new students studying the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (Electrical) (Level 6) on a full-time basis.

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Potential jobs

New Zealand has a shortage of qualified people entering the engineering industry, with many jobs appearing on the immigration skill shortage lists. There are roles available all around the country in different specialisations and levels, meaning the chances of finding a job are good.

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering will be qualified as a Engineering Technician.
Graduates of the Bachelors of Engineering Technology will be qualified as a Engineering Technologist.

Career

Average salary*

Civil Engineering Technician (Draughtsperson)

$34K-$50K per year (while studying towards NZDE)
$40K-$55K per year (graduate level)
$60K-$80K per year (4+ years’ experience)
$80K-$100K pear year (senior level)

Electrical Engineering Technician

$20-$30 an hour (graduate level)
$30-$35 an hour (over 3 years’ experience)
$70K-$120K per year (senior or management level)
Mechanical Engineering Technician $40K-$45K per year (graduate)
$60K-$80K per year (4-6 years’ experience)
Telecommunications Technician

$34K-$51K per year (1-3 years’ experience)
$53K-$80K per year (3-5 years’ experience)
$65K-$97K per year (senior level)

Clinical Technician $36K-$48K per year (1-6 years’ experience)
$48K-$85K per year (over 6 years’ experience)
Civil Engineer $45k - $75K per year (graduate level)
$75K - $95K per year (mid-level)
$100K - $120K per year (senior level)
Electrical Engineer $50K - $60K per year (graduate level)
$80K - $110K per year (experienced)
Electronics Engineer $50K to $65K per year (graduate level)
$65K - $110K per year (experienced)
Mechanical Engineer $50K - $56 per year (graduate level)
$57K - $77K per year (2-5 years’ experience)
$110K - $180K per year (experience in senior position

*Sourced from careers.govt.nz in June 2018

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

To learn more about what our programmes can offer you, view our available programmes by subject area, or make an appointment to speak with us on 0800 62 62 52 or email enquiries@manukau.ac.nz.

Engineering staff profiles

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit https://www.tec.govt.nz/funding/funding-and-performance/funding/fund-finder/targeted-training-and-apprenticeship-fund/faqs-for-learners/ for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.