Electrotechnology & Electrical

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.

If you are critical, inquisitive and creative, the electrotechnology industry is for you, as increasing technology in homes and workplaces guarantees the need for people with high level electrical and electronic skills.

The programme provides experience in technology transfer and application, complex problem solving skills, analytical thinking, and advanced technical skills including computer based systems such as programmable logic controllers and microcontrollers.

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.

Mech6005 Engineering Management - Administering and managing projects effectively.

Elel6002 Engineering Project (Electrical) (Comm4010) - An electrotechnology project derived from given specifications.

Elel5006 Microcontrollers 1 (Comm4010) - Architecture, applications and interfacing requirements.

Elel5004 Electronics 2 (Elel5009) - Analysis of analogue circuits and the use of simulation programmes to determine circuit performance.

Elel6003 Electronics 3 (Elel5004) - Electronic devices and signals.

Elel6005 Microcontrollers 2 (Elel5006) - Hardware technology and its selection and application.

Specialisation

You select one of the following specialisations relevant to the area of the electrical industry that you wish to specialise within (offerings are dependent on student numbers).

Electronics

5406 Microcontrollers 1 (4103)
Architecture, applications and interfacing requirements.

5407 Electronics 2 (5403)
Analysis of analogue circuits and the use of simulation programmes to determine circuit performance.

6402 Electronics 3 (5407)
Electronic devices and signals.

6417 Microcontrollers 2 (5406)
Hardware technology and its selection and application.

Power

5404 Electrical Machines (5403)
Single and three phase electrical machines.

5401 Power Engineering (4401)
Three phase circuit theory as applied to power engineering.

6410 Generation & Sustainable Energy (5401, 5404)
Power generating systems, and sources of energy and equipment used in modern electricity generating plants.

6401 Power Systems (5401)
Three phase power systems and distribution systems.

Dates/Times/Locations

Each year of the programme (full-time option) is 34 weeks with classes scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week with tutorials on alternate days. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study up to 20 hours per week beyond scheduled class time. Please refer to the brochure for full details including part-time course information.

StartModeLocationDuration
Februaryfull-timeWindermere CampusTwo years
Februarypart-timeWindermere Campus2-4 years
Julypart-timeWindermere Campus2-4 years

Entry Criteria - In detail

Minimum Academic Entry Criteria

  1. 10 unit/achievement standard credits at NCEA Level 1 in 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)      

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
Level 6 or 7 diploma or degree IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band 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.

Special Admission
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      

Selections       
You must be able to demonstrate your ability, interest, and motivation to succeed in the programme.        
Please bring any of the following evidence to the Information Meeting:       

  • CV, cover letter and referee      
  • NZQA Record of Achievement (optional)

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

Indicative Fees

  • $6,969 Year One full-time, incl. course related costs
  • $6,084 Year Two full-time, incl. course related costs
  • $700 part-time, per course. Refer brochure for course related costs

The standard published fee is applicable for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents residing in New Zealand, and for New Zealand citizens residing outside of New Zealand.

An international fee is payable for all other students.

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

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

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