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Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

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Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: February-2020
NZIHT Hamilton Campus
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This qualification is designed for those people who already have a degree qualification but need advanced highways related training. The principle aim is to provide the highway engineering industry with a programme at undergraduate level which will equip candidates with the technical and management skills to function at middle management level. This qualification is delivered in partnership with the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply advanced technical knowledge in a highway design or construction environment.
  • Innovatively apply and modify practices in the field of highway engineering.
  • Creatively plan, design, control, budget and prioritise highway construction and maintenance programmes to standards required by the engineering profession.
  • Provide managerial input into highway engineering projects and activities.
  • Implement and complete projects without direct supervision.
  • Undertake a wide range of support activities, including organization, management, liaison and public relations.
  • Analyse and evaluate technical and economic options.
  • Display substantial personal and professional communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Exercise responsibility for the work of others, including cost effective allocation of resources.
  • Maintain individual quality standards.
  • Continue studies towards higher professional or managerial qualifications.

Career Options

Design, construction and maintenance of roads, project management, infrastructure planning and development, asset management, company management, local Government, tertiary teaching.

Entry criteria

Appropriate degree or higher tertiary qualification (e.g. engineering, science, geology or similar) and have grades achieved in previous qualifications deemed sufficient to ensure successful completion of the programme or have equivalent knowledge and skills; previous and ongoing life or work experience.

Students must also meet the English language proficiency requirements as below:

  • IELTS 6.0 (academic) overall with no less than 5.5 in any band
  • TOEFL (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  • PToE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • NZCEL Level 4 with an Academic endorsement
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS


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