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

The construction industry is crying out for more civil engineering technicians, with some local companies offering generous scholarships to encourage more people to study this highly regarded diploma. If you’re detail orientated, love maths and physics, and like thinking outside the square to solve problems, this is the place for you. It’s more than a course – it’s your chance to change the framework of our nation!

You’ll develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities that will equip you to work in civil engineering and its related fields as a technician, with knowledge of engineering sciences, materials and processes as well as management skills. Using specialised equipment in our teaching labs, you'll learn computer aided design techniques, conduct materials and failure testing, and demonstrate practical applications of engineering theories.

Three courses in year one and one course in year two are also common to the electrical and mechanical disciplines.

Programme info for International students


Content Details

During the course you'll cover a broad range of topics and select electives that will assist you 'in the real world' including; highway, traffic and geotechnical engineering, land surveying, technical literacy, structural drawings, hydraulics, and project management.

Classes include plenty of time in our high-spec engineering labs where you’ll get the chance to put theory into practice, studying computer-aided design techniques and conducting materials and failure testing.


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: Two years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $6,240.00 Year One ($780.00 per course)

2018 international students $19,952.00 per year

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 Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

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

Career Opportunities

  • Engineering technician in roading/bridges/design office
  • Civil project management
  • Technical support engineer
  • Supervising technician engineer

New Zealand needs more diploma level civil engineering technicians to create roads, bridges, buildings and infrastructure as part of the Christchurch rebuild.

The Government is also investing heavily into other infrastructure projects around the country – in areas like rail, roads, bridges, irrigation and
waste water management – which is further driving the need for more technicians. Graduates can work in civil project management, as a  technical support engineer, or as a supervising technician engineer.

Potential Employers

  • Private engineering consultancies
  • Construction companies
  • Government agencies e.g. NZTA
  • Infrastructure and utility companies e.g. railway and electricity companies
  • Regional councils

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 higher (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.