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

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career in electrical engineering. Graduates of engineering diplomas enter careers in systems maintenance and development work, in residential construction, with production companies and for planning and maintenance roles in large industries such as pulp and paper and power generation, as well as the defence force.

This practical course is for anyone who has an inquisitive mind – people who enjoy maths, hands-on analytical tasks, and making things work.

You’ll learn how to design and interpret technical electronic instructions and also develop, install, test and maintain all the different types of equipment that produce, transmit and use power.

Well-equipped labs will give you the chance to turn theory into reality and small class sizes ensure every individual gets the support they need to succeed. Topics include technical literacy, power generation, sustainable energy, electrical and electronic principles and applications.

There are great job opportunities due to a nationwide and international shortage of electrical engineers.

Content Details

MECH4001 Engineering Fundamentals - Fundamentals of a range of engineering disciplines.

MECH4005 Engineering Mathematics 1 - Mathematical skills, concepts and understandings required to perform calculations and solve problems within engineering contexts.

COMM4010 Technical Literacy - Technical research skills, as well as oral, written, graphical interpersonal communication skills.

ELEL4027 Electrical Principles - General fundamental electrical circuit principles.

ELEL4024 Electrical and Electronic Applications (ELEL4025) - Application of general fundamental electrical and electronic principles.

ELEL5008 PLC Programming 1 - Programming PLCs to solve simple industrial problems.

ELEL5016 Electronic Principles - Develop further understanding of the application of fundamental electronic principles.

ELEL5002 Power Engineering (ELEL4025) Three phase circuit theory as applied to power engineering.

Year Two

The numbers in brackets denote prerequisite courses.

MECH5005 Engineering Mathematics 2 (MECH4005) - Mathematical principles and engineering mathematical skills to solve engineering problems.

ELEL6006 PLC Programming 2 (ELEL4025) - Advanced knowledge of PLC systems, applications, and programming methods.

ELEL5001 Electrical Machines (ELEL5009) Single and three phase electrical machines.

ELEL5017 Introduction to Networks – Introduction to the architecture, structure and functions and models of the internet to enable students to build a simple LAN.

ELEL6011 Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics (ELEL4401/ELEL5016/MECH4005) Concepts and applications of power electronics involved in small scale renewable energy systems.

ELEL6001 Power Systems (ELEL5002) Three phase power systems and distribution systems.

MECH6005 Engineering Management - Administering and managing projects effectively.

ELEL6002 Engineering Project (Electrical) (Comm4010) - An electrotechnology project derived from given specifications.


The programme is two years in duration – 34 weeks each year. Classes are scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week with tutorials scheduled on alternative days. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study up to 20 hours per week beyond scheduled class time.

Each course is offered on a semester basis, ie. February to July, and July to November, and you choose the number of courses you wish to enrol into at any one time. We expect the programme will take part-time students between two and four years to complete, depending on your study plan. You are required to attend class and undertake self-directed study.

22 Feb 2016Full-timeWindermere CampusTwo years
22 Feb 2016Part-timeWindermere Campus2-4 years
25 Jul 2016Part-timeWindermere Campus2-4 years

Indicative Fees

Domestic students $6,000.00 Year One ($750.00 per course)

International students $19,952.00 Year One ($2,494.00 per course)

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Level 6)

Career Opportunities

  • Technical support engineer
  • Supervising technician engineer
  • Technician engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Production manager
  • Production maintenance manager

Occupations relating to this programme are on the Skill Shortage List.

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you are required to have:

  • NCEA Level 2 including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at level 1 or highter (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013)
  • 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


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 6 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.