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.

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

Content Details

Year One

The numbers in brackets denote prerequisite courses.

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.

ELEL4025 Electrical and Electronic Principles 1 - General fundamental electrical and electronic 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.

ELEL5009 Electrical and Electronic Principles 2 (ELEL4025) - Develop further understanding of the application of fundamental electrical and electronic principles.

ELEL5007 Computer Programming 1 (COMM4010) - Computer programming for application to the engineering discipline.

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.

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

ELEL6004 Generation & Sustainable Energy (ELEL5002/ELEL5001) Power generating systems, and sources of energy and equipment used in modern electricity generating plants.

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.

  • Programme commences 16 February and ends 20 November 2015
  • In addition to the 34 study weeks there will be six weeks holiday/study break; 6 to 17 April, 29 June to 10 July, 28 September to 9 October 2015

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.

FebruaryFull-timeWindermere CampusTwo years
FebruaryPart-timeWindermere Campus2-4 years
JulyPart-timeWindermere Campus2-4 years

Indicative Fees

Domestic students - $5,824.00 per year full-time

Domestic students - $728 part-time, per course.

International students - $19,888.00 per year full-time

International students - $2,486.00 part-time, 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. 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

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. 10 unit/achievement standard credits at NCEA Level 1in literacy including 4 reading and 4 writing.  
  2. A minimum total of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics, (algebra, geometry, trigonometry and measurement are recommended).  
  3. Interview to demonstrate ability, interest and motivation to succeed in the programme.  
  4. The Polytechnic will consider students for special admission who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme but who in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, take a look at our Certificate in Foundation Studies (Pathway to Diploma/Degree).

English Language Requirements

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.

International applicants who have English as their first language, or one of their first languages, must have either:

  • Completed all primary education and at least 3 years secondary education at schools where English was the language of instruction.
  • Completed at least 5 years of secondary education at schools using English as the language of instruction.

Applicants who cannot provide evidence that supports the above criteria must provide evidence of English language competency before being eligible to enrol. For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language evidence of language competency may be required.

English Competency

  • IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed Certificate in Foundation Studies (ESOL) L4 OR
  • A score of Level 7 in the University of Waikato Language Institute – Certificate of Attainment in Academic English OR
  • Meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.