Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Level 7)

Strands in Electronics, Power and Mechatronics

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 can choose to specialise in electronics, power or mechatronics.

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

See Programme Structure for course information.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
(MIT TechPark from mid-2020)
Level 7
Domestic fees $6,600 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code MN4559
Duration

One year (full-time) or up to four years (part-time)

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 120
International Fees NZD$23,000 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification MIT Graduate Diploma

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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

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 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

Graduates of this qualification will be qualified Technology Engineers and will be able to gain employment in their chosen specialisation.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the following courses from your chosen strand (120 credits):

Power strand

Compulsory courses:

115.719 Engineering Development Project (30 credits)

NZBED 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)

NZBED 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)

NZBED 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.

533.624 Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics (15 credits)

NZBED 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.
Elective courses:

114.610 Design (15 credits)

NZBED 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)

NZBED 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.

115.720 Professional Engineering Practice (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

142.602 Mathematics 2 (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

523.703 Electrical Machine Dynamics (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

527.613 Automation (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

527.612 PLC Programming 2 (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

Electronics strand

Compulsory courses:

115.719 Engineering Development Project (30 credits)

NZBED 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.

114.609 Electronic Design (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG6024
The aim is to enable students to gain the skills necessary for electronic circuit design.

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

  • Plan and implement the design of an electronic system.
  • Design, manufacture and populate printed circuit boards for prototype development.
  • Install and commission a small electronic system.
  • Apply fault-finding techniques.
  • Work as a member of a team and communicate effectively with customers, peers, technicians and engineers.

505.705 Embedded Systems (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG7013
The aim is to enable the student to learn the structured design of embedded systems and the concept of reconfigurable hardware.

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

  • Use practical software skills.
  • Analyse, implement, modify and test design scenarios for an embedded design.
  • Evaluate structured design methods applied to practical design objectives.

524.708 Systems and Control (15 credits)

NZBED 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.
Elective courses:

114.610 Design (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

504.607 Microcontroller Systems 2 (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG76022
The aim is to enable students to microcontroller systems by considering a range of peripheral device interfacing with competence tested by a design project.

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

  • Demonstrate practical software programming skills.
  • Demonstrate the practical and theoretical skills required to design a system to a technical specification.
  • Interface a microcontroller to a range of peripheral devices.

533.620 Electronics 2 (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG6021
The aim is to enable students to learn analysis of electronic circuits and the use of simulation programs to determine circuit performance.

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

  • Design analogue electronic circuits.
  • Power semiconductor devices as applied to power amplifiers.
  • Explain op-amp circuit designs.
  • Explain oscillator circuit designs.

533.719 Signal Processing (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG7012
The aim is to enable students to learn aspects of analogue signal processing, in particular, filtering.

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

  • Analyse signals using mathematical techniques.
  • Model analogue and digital systems.
  • Design analogue active filters.
  • Design analogue passive filters.
  • Analyse common digital signal processing algorithms used in a variety of applications.
  • Apply software packages to digital signal processing (DSP) applications.

115.720 Professional Engineering Practice (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

142.602 Mathematics 2 (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG190
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.

Mechatronics strand

Compulsory courses:

115.719 Engineering Development Project (30 credits)

NZBED 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.

527.613 Automation (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

524.708 Systems and Control (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

527.702 Robotics (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG7017
The aim is to enable students to become familiar with modern industrial robot concepts, applications and programming.

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

  • Critique the concept, type and use of industrial robots and their axes of motion.
  • Critique the use of robot manipulators for a range of typical applications.
  • Analyse an industrial application and design a robot system to suit.
  • Programme a robot system to fulfil a specified task taking cognisance of safety.
Elective courses:

114.610 Design (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

142.602 Mathematics 2 (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

243.627 Fluid Mechanics (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG6032
The aim is to enable students to understand and apply the principles of fluid statics and dynamics to common engineering problems.

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

  • Analyse principles of fluid mechanics.
  • Analyse hydrostatic fluid applications.
  • Analyse hydrodynamic fluid applications.
  • Define and specify requirements for fluid machinery.
  • Design fluid power systems (pneumatic and hydraulic) to match operational requirements.

115.720 Professional Engineering Practice (15 credits)

NZBED 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.

243.620 Mechanics of Machines (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG6033
The aim is to enable students to apply problem-solving skills to the dynamics of machines, in particular, power transmission systems.

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

  • Analyse the principles of the mechanics of machines and their application in practice.
  • Solve problems involving mechanisms, balancing, vibration, noise, power transmission through clutches, chains, belts, and gears.
  • Select and justify the use of suitable mechanisms for various applications including, balancing, vibration, noise, gears, bearings and lubrication systems.
  • Provide and justify solutions for machine mechanisms problems.

271.701 Fluids Power and Advanced Fluid Mechanics (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG7024
The aim is to enable students to analyse specific problems, design solutions and evaluate fluid power systems in industrial engineering applications.

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

  • Analyse and design hydrostatic and hydrodynamic fluid systems.
  • Analyse and design fluid power systems.
  • Evaluate the performance of fluid power systems.

505.705 Embedded Systems (15 credits)

NZBED course code: MG7013
The aim is to enable the student to learn the structured design of embedded systems and the concept of reconfigurable hardware.

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

  • Use practical software skills.
  • Analyse, implement, modify and test design scenarios for an embedded design.
  • Evaluate structured design methods applied to practical design objectives.

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

Upon completion of this programme, students can continue towards:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Engineering
  • PhD in Engineering.

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.

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Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Level 7)

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