Level 7

Specialising in power

Take the next step as an electrical engineer

Are you a qualified engineer ready to make the next move in your career? Get ahead with the Graduate Diploma in Engineering. You'll learn the specialist skills that will help you land a great job in your chosen field.
Overview

Programme highlights

Get ahead in your career with practical skills in electrical engineering.

This qualification is for engineering graduates and experienced engineers looking to broaden their skill set.

You'll graduate at the same level as a degree student.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
Academic

A 3 year bachelor's degree in an civil/electrical/mechanical engineering discipline (excluding a Mechatronics specialisation);

Or

Equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind;

Or

Special entry may be granted by the Head of School responsible for the programme to an applicant who does not meet all entry criteria, where the Head of School is satisfied the applicant is capable of undertaking the programme of study.

English language entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

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.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

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Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below courses from the power strand (120 credits):

Power

Compulsory courses

Level 6

533.624 Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6118
The aim is to enable students to develop an understanding of the concepts and applications of power electronics including basic converter types and applications involving small scale renewable energy systems.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Apply applications of power electronics, power conversion and switching systems.
  • Apply knowledge of power electronics to small and medium-scale renewable energy systems.

Level 7

115.719 Engineering Development Project (30 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7101
*This is a year-long course

The aim is to enable students to investigate an engineering problem; to propose, specify, design and develop a solution and where feasible, to construct and test a prototype.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Synthesise a solution for an engineering problem.
  • Complete a project to a specified standard.
  • Design, project manage and evaluate a concept/model/product.
  • Use software application packages as an engineering tool, if required.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, peers, technicians and engineers.

524.708 Systems and Control (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7018
The aim is to enable students to predict and implement the desired behaviour of industrial control systems.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Model and evaluate the behaviour of simple industrial control systems.
  • Apply common analytical and design methods for control systems.
  • Evaluate the use of controller tuning methods to control systems, under varying load and set-point conditions.

525.706 Power Systems (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7110
The aim is to enable students to gain an understanding of three-phase power generation and transmission systems with an emphasis on generation, transmission and distribution systems.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate aspects of the New Zealand Power System.
  • Evaluate the types of generation systems in use in New Zealand (large scale >1000kW – hydro, geothermal, thermal and co-generation)
  • Evaluate key aspects of transmission and distribution systems MV and HV networks.
  • Apply power transformers in an MV and HV environment.
  • Apply earthing systems and switchgear to MV and HV networks.
  • Develop and apply an SLD for a simple network.
Elective courses

Level 6

114.610 Design (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6136
The aim is to enable students to determine and apply the processes required to analyse engineering design problems and identify possible solutions.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate and produce design alternatives from a supplied design concept.
  • Develop design parameters considering functionality, safety, environmental, cultural and, ethical issues.
  • Produce a practicable detailed design.
  • Prepare documentation for a design

115.615 Protection (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6047
The aim is to enable the students to gain an understanding of electrical power system fault protection concepts for both MV & HV systems.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Explain the operating principles of current and voltage transformers in terms of various construction types in accordance with industry practice.
  • Apply protection concepts like these would apply to generators, power cables, transformers, aerial conductors, busbars and motors.
  • Analyse the types of fault that occur in electrical power systems, for LV, MV and HV.
  • Explain and apply the different power system protection equipment types under various common protection scenarios.
  • Apply safe working practices in relation to power protection equipment.
  • Apply digital protection and control systems to basic substation design.

142.602 Mathematics 2 (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6190
The aim is to enable students to understand advanced calculus and develop the ability to formulate and solve models of complex engineering and scientific systems.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Use and apply vectors, vector calculus and advanced calculus.
  • Use and apply mathematical transforms including Fourier series and Laplace transforms.
  • Use and apply probability and statistical techniques.
  • . Use and apply numerical methods.

527.612 PLC Programming 2 (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6019
The aim is to enable students to extend their knowledge and programming skills for PLCs, using advanced PLC control techniques and to learn the concepts of automation, networking and network programming.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Apply advanced PLC programming techniques.
  • Apply PID (Proportional, Integral, and Derivative) control.
  • Apply data communication concepts to a range of fieldbus systems.
  • Integrate commonly used sensors and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) to a PLC.

527.613 Automation (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6020
The aim is to enable the student to learn modern advanced automation systems and practice used in the industry.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Select, interface, program and operate typical industrial networks.
  • Apply a SCADA/HMI software package.
  • Analyse peer to peer communication between PLCs.
  • Interpret and apply IEC 61131-3.

Level 7

115.720 Professional Engineering Practice (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7121
The aim is to enable students to critically apply knowledge and understanding of professional practice for engineers, professional engineering roles and activities and their interactions with society and the environment.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Appraise the professional role of engineers in society and industry.
  • Evaluate and apply laws within the engineering practice area.
  • Critique moral and ethical issues related to the environment in an engineering context.
  • Critically explore issues relating to behavioural management in the practice of engineering.
  • Critically apply knowledge of Māori cultural concepts and perspectives to those of the Crown and project management development.

523.703 Electrical Machine Dynamics (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7011
The aim is to enable students to gain an understanding of AC electrical machine dynamics and control and power transformers.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Apply transformer theory to three-phase power transformers.
  • Analyse fault currents in a power transformer and failure modes of power transformers and basic differential protection.
  • Evaluate the theory of machine dynamics to induction motor starting, speed control, braking, and protection.
  • Interpret the parameters used in the selection of motors.
  • Explain the operation of fractional horsepower motors.
  • Compare recent developments in machine design, control, and application.
Careers and pathways

Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be qualified Technology Engineers and will be able to gain employment in the power field. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

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 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. Learn more.

Information is correct as at 5 November 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and 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 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. 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 part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.