New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering major) - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 6

25 February to 29 November 2019


Two years full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 240

The aim of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering is to provide skilled and competent engineering technicians who:

  • Apply engineering theory to practice, and competently perform technical operations to high standards, including ethical and professional responsibilities required by the engineering profession;
  • Have a knowledge sufficient to permit informed, rational decision making in the specialist field of engineering and to implement these decisions;
  • Will work collaboratively with construction workers, clients, authorities, agencies, industry and other professionals, to provide a comprehensive engineering service in the relevant specialist area; and
  • Have an understanding of different cultures, in particular an awareness and clear understanding of the tangata whenua and implications of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Resource Management Act.

It is expected that graduates will attain the educational underpinnings and work ready attributes defined in the IPENZ Graduate Profile for Engineering Technicians.  The graduate profile defined by IPENZ is benchmarked internationally to the exemplar graduate attributes for graduates of technician education programmes recognised under the Dublin Accord.

Year 1 Compulsory

DE4103      Technical Literacy

DE4101      Engineering fundamentals

DE4102      Engineering Mathematics

DE3301      Engineering Practice

DE4301      Engineering CAD

DE4302      Mechanics

DE5301      Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

DE4303      Material Properties

Year 2 Compulsory

DE6301    Fluid Mechanics

DE5302    Strengths of Materials 1

DE5303    Manufacturing Processes

DE5304    Electrical Fundamentals

DE6102    Engineering Project (Mechanical)

DE6101    Engineering Management

Year 2 Electives

DE6302      Mechanics of Machines

DE6308      Strength of Materials 2

DE6309      Advanced Thermodynamics

DE6316    Fluid Power

DE6419    Maintenance Engineering Management

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $1785 (Year 1) $1785 (Year 2) (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

On achievement of this qualification, graduates should:

  • Be competent in applying technical and conceptual knowledge to practical situations
  • Be confident, critical thinkers who have the ability to solve problems within a broad engineering setting
  • Have developed capabilities as effective communicators, with inquiring, flexible, creative and critical attitudes towards contemporary issues and underlying theoretical concepts
  • Have an appreciation of management and information technology within the context of the qualification;
  • have an awareness of social, ethical and environmental issues
  • Have developed the necessary skills and strategies to work safely and effectively on and off construction sites and engineering workplaces, with individuals, contractors, communities, clients and authorities
  • Be self-reliant and motivated for continuous learning and professional development
  • function positively in bi-cultural and multicultural environments such as those which exist in New Zealand engineering.
  • Be work ready and able to be employed in a relevant engineering environment to work towards the achievement of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practise (NZDEP) and to meet the minimum standard of competence to practice competently to the standard expected of a reasonable Engineering Technician.

Minimum Academic Entry Criteria

For entry to this programme, applicants are required to have

  • A minimum total of 48 credits at Level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics, or
  • Equivalent qualifications (eg. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge), or
  • Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience.
  • Minimum of eight literacy credits at Level 1 or higher including four reading and four writing.

Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – CAE or CPE with a score of 169.  No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • PToE (Academic) – score of 50
  • B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a Bachelors degree of at least three years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa or United States of America or

  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTS or

  4. Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests specified above.

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering:

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and to be eligible for award of the qualification “New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)”, they must have:

  • Shown competence in all of the scheduled units, to a minimum of 240 credits in the specified strand, and upon application to NZQA.

(Please note – students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours will forfeit zero fees entitlement)

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm at SIT's Invercargill campus.