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

Mechanical engineering provides an opportunity to change the world, using practical skills and innovative thinking to push the boundaries of what is possible. This is the place where your ideas turn into reality. You’ll learn to produce safer, cheaper and more efficient machines and mechanical systems. Mechanical engineering skills are required for virtually everything that can be made so the opportunities are endless, and with a recognised shortage of technicians in this country the job prospects and pay rates are high.

Graduates of engineering diplomas enter careers in industries as diverse as aerospace, defence and energy, and the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products. You'll gain a broad knowledge base in technologies where skills are highly sought after by employers and in year two, you'll specialise in mechanical or metallurgy technologies.Programme info for International students

Content Details

You'll cover topics like advanced maths, mechanics, thermodynamics, materials, fluids, engineering science and electricity, and use computer-aided engineering tools (CAD). Our well-equipped labs let you complete practical experiments, field trips give you valuable insights into local workplaces, and the small class sizes ensure you’ll get all the support you need to succeed.

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

Topics include:

YEAR ONE Courses

  • Mech4001 Engineering Fundamentals
  • Mech4005 Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Comm4010 Technical Literacy
  • Mech3006 Engineering Practice
  • Mech4004 Material Properties
  • Mech4003 Mechanics
  • Mech5004 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Mech4002 Engineering CAD

YEAR TWO Courses

  • Mech5001 Electrical Fundamentals
  • Mech5003 Strength of Materials1
  • Mech5002 Manufacturing Processes
  • Mech6003 Fluid Mechanics
  • Mech6005 Engineering Management
  • Mech6001 Engineering Project



  • Mech6004 Strength Of Materials 2
  • Mech6003 Mechanics of Machines


  • Mech6006 Advanced Materials
  • Particulate Material Dynamics


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.

This programme is two years in duration: 34 weeks each year, with classes scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week with tutorials scheduled on alternate days. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study up to 20 hours per week beyond scheduled class time.

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 ($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 Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

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

Career Opportunities

New Zealand is crying out for more engineering technicians and the pay rates are excellent. Graduates can work in a diverse range of  industries such as aviation, biotechnology, automotive, air-conditioning and refrigeration, robotics, defence and energy, and the  manufacturing of industrial and domestic products.

Research and development is a logical destination for graduates, working as technical support engineers, supervising technicians, technical and production engineers, and production or production maintenance managers. Tasks include doing feasibility studies on existing systems; researching different energy, machinery and material options; preparing plans and drawings of machines or machine parts; preparing cost estimates; supervising the building and installation, or the repair and replacement of systems; and reviewing and testing new systems.

Potential Employers
• Manufacturers
• Building and Construction

• Product Research

Development Companies
• Aviation, Boat Building

Automotive Industries
• Agriculture Sector
• Power, Thermal and Alternative

Energy Companies
• Mining Industry

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.