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

Key information

Level of study:
Diploma
Tuition fees:
Duration:
2 years
Start date: 21-February-2022
Campus:
Ara Institute of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

With this programme you will enhance your practical engineering skills and experience and improve your career prospects as an engineering technician.

This national qualification was designed by industry in 2010 to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector. The programme consists of core and elective courses focused on the design and implementation of engineering technology and aimed at providing you with sound thinking and problem solving abilities.

You will gain a solid grounding in engineering theory and principles of engineering science including design and drawing, materials, fluids, thermodynamics and production.

The graduate profile defined by Engineering New Zealand is benchmarked internationally to the exemplar graduate attributes for graduates of technician education programmes recognised under the Dublin Accord.

Career Opportunities

New Zealand mechanical engineering graduates are in demand for roles such as design engineer, production engineer, maintenance team leader, sales engineer or quality assurance engineer. You will find positions in diverse environments from high-level industrial facilities and urban based manufacturing, through to agricultural processing plants. You may also choose to focus in niche areas of personal interest, eg mountain bike design, or sustainable vehicle technologies.

This qualification meets the academic requirements for membership in Engineering New Zealand. Upon graduating you will be able to function at a technician-level in many countries as outlined by the Sydney and Dublin Accords (International Engineering Alliance 2002).

Study Pathways

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering provides a pathway to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology with established cross-crediting arrangements. Graduates can also benefit from the Diploma in Computer Aided Design.

Entry criteria

NCEA Level 2 which must include: 12 credits in Literacy Level 1 or above and 12 credits in Mathematics (including algebra, calculus and geometry) Level 2 or above

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Engineering Pathway or equivalent.

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative Requirements

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

SPEAKING - 5.5
READING - 5.5
WRITING - 5.5
LISTENING - 5.5

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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