Study Civil & Mechanical Engineering at SIT

Mechanical Engineering at SITSIT offers a range of Engineering courses. If you are looking for a career with great job prospects in an area of high skill demand, read on!

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers design and build roads, structures, utility infrastructure and buildings. Civil is the broadest field of engineering and can involve working in construction, materials, maintenance and utility operations. SIT offers the NZ Diploma in Engineering(Civil Engineering major).

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers design, manufacture and maintain the tools, engines, machines and systems that keep modern society operating. SIT offers the NZ Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering major) and a pre-trade New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

We have four fully-equipped workshops with up-to-date facilities, tooling and machinery.

  • Our Fabrication workshop machinery includes a brake press, 8"guillotine, hydraulic folders, hydraulic pipe benders and electric rollers.
  • In the Welding workshop there are 20 well ventilated and equipped welding stations. Welding processes that can be undertaken in this work shop include TIG welding (both stainless and aluminium), Mig Welding (both stainless and aluminium), MMA Welding (Stick Welding) and Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Brazing.
  • The Machine Shop hosts 10 lathes, two mill drills, three milling machines, a surface grinder, and a tool and cutter grinder.
  • The Industry Technology Centre sports a lot of the latest technology including a 3D printer and scanner, waterjet cutter, robotic arms, virtual welder, CNC lathe and Machine Centre.

Programmes in Engineering at the Invercargill campus

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Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*


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Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

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Engineering courses at the Invercargill campus

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6 weeks - Wednesdays 5.30-8.30pm

This course is designed for people who have very basic to no welding skills, or those who wish to improve their welding skills.  There is facility for MMAW (Manual Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) and GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding).  The Beginners / Improvers course does not include aluminium welding. This course is run with the NZS2980 course and combined they are limited to 11 places.

Course Details

Two years full time

Are you looking for a career that:

  • Combines the application of technical knowledge and practical know-why?
  • Has great job prospects in an area of high skill demand?
  • Contributes significantly to New Zealand’s future development?
  • Is supported by a structured national qualification pathway recognised by industry?
  • Provides standing and recognition through a professional body?

The path is clear!

Course Details

Two years full time

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.

Course Details

One year full time

This qualification is designed for people already working in the industry or people intending to complete a pre-trade qualification before entering the industry.

Graduates will be capable of performing a defined range of engineering tasks under limited supervision.

Course Details

24 weeks full-time

This course will provide learners with skills in welding, machining and fabrication

Course Details

Dates negotiated with welding tutor

This course is designed for people who wish to gain their NZS2980 welding qualification for the first time (previously known as 4711).  This course is limited to MMAW (Manual Metal Arc Welding) and GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) of carbon steel only.  This course is run with the Beginners/Improvers course and combined they are limited to 11 places.  For those wishing to renew their NZS2980 qualifications there are separate testing days available. 

Course Details

A practical course for students who like making objects out of metal. Engineering and Plumbing are both available as pre-trade programmes at SIT and students will work in our well-equipped workshops. Overalls and leather shoes are compulsory for students to enter the engineering and plumbing workshops. Enrol Online Course Details
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