New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Level 6)

Programme highlights

Get qualified to work as a professional engineering technician – an area in huge demand in New Zealand and around the world.

As part of your studies, you'll work on real-world projects. Some of these projects could include a wastewater treatment plan in Samoa and a road widening project in Auckland.

And, just like some of our graduates, this real-world experience could get your foot in the door to companies such as Downer and Kiwirail.

This qualification meets New Zealand and international benchmarks for engineering technicians.

Graduates can work at a technician level as outlined by the Dublin Accord (International Engineering Alliance, 2002).

See Programme Structure for course information.

Are you eligible for the NZDE Scholarship

Flexible study option

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
(MIT TechPark from mid-2020)
Level 6
Domestic fees $6,600 (approx.) per year
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2612
Duration

Two years (full-time), part-time length will vary, but the qualification should be completed within ten years of starting

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 240
International Fees NZD$23,000(approx.) per year
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification New Zealand Diploma

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If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Ask Me! Student Services Centre is here to give you guidance.

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Information is correct at September 2018. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Academic

NCEA Level 2,

  • Including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at Level 1 or above (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013);

And 

  • A minimum total of 48 credits at level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra , calculus or trigonometry);

Or

  • Equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge);

Or

  • Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience.

English Language Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum entry criteria, those applicants for whom English is a second language (including International students) must meet the IELTS overall language requirement: Overall Band Score (Academic) of 6.0 IELTS, with no individual score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Other Entry Requirements

Applicants must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme, by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely.

Although not part of the entry requirements, applicants will attend an interview as part of the process of assisting them to select the right specialisation.

Successful applicants will be accepted in order of application. The above attributes will be assessed through an interview process to  which applicants may bring family and/or whānau support.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements will be counselled to an appropriate Foundation programme.

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

Civil Engineering Technicians work with building and construction companies, municipal and environmental authorities, mining companies, harbour boards, or civil engineering consultancies. These types of positions can involve  work such as the design and construction of roads, bridges, tunnels, sewerage and water supply systems, hydro-electric power projects, river and harbour works, soil conservation and structural drawing.

This programme will prepare you for a range of jobs in engineering including:

  • Geotechnical laboratory technician
  • Draftsperson
  • Surveyor
  • Site engineer 
  • Civil engineering technician.
CareerAverage 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)

*Sourced from careers.govt.nz in January 2019

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the School of Professional Engineering calendar.

Further training or study

Successful completion of your first semester in the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (Level 6) with a required grade point average of B can provide direct entry to Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Level 7).

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) at other tertiary institutions.

Need help applying?

We're here to support you to succeed.

If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Ask Me! Student Services Centre is here to give you guidance.

Send us a message, call us on 0800 62 62 52 or come in and see us.

Information is correct at September 2018. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.