If you're into finding out how machines and technology work, develop the skills you need for an exciting career 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.

Subject areas

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.


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 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

Why choose MIT?

When you study Engineering with us, you're a person, not a number. All our students benefit from smaller classes, flexible learning options and courses to suit every level.

You can study while you do an apprenticeship, fast-track your qualification if you've already got experience, and start studying at any level – from Foundation courses right through to Bachelor's degrees.

Our School of Engineering and Trades also has some of the finest teachers and facilities in New Zealand, and our internationally-recognised programmes are accredited by Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ).

Engineering staff profiles


The following programmes are available in this area of study:

Level 3
Level 6
Level 7