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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
2 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
Otago Polytechnic
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Want to know how mechanical things work and why? Forge a career in mechanical engineering.

If you've often peeked inside something and had a desire to have a go at making it yourself, then you're exactly the kind of person we're looking for to study mechanical engineering and mechatronics.

Embrace the chance to have a go at projects you’ve only been thinking about until now!

During this hands-on programme, you will undertake a small amount of maths and science and learn how to design, create 3D models and program controls. You will gain sound knowledge, understanding and practical appreciation of mechanical engineering processes and theory by developing your ability to apply learning in a practical and innovative way. There are a variety of exciting, hands-on projects throughout this qualification such as building a full-size, two seater airplane; battery-powered skateboard or an electric car. These skills can be applied throughout New Zealand or the world.

This industry is growing fast and the skills you gain can be applied throughout New Zealand or overseas. There is high demand for Engineering Technicians with training like this and many of our graduates secure employment before they even finish their qualifications.
Skills required:

  • Practical thinking
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Planning and organisational ability
  • Excellent communication skills.

Further study options:

Upon successful completion of this qualification, there are opportunities for you to move in to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology at Otago Polytechnic or engineering degree programmes at either Canterbury or Auckland Universities. Completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering can reduce the length of these degrees by a year and a half, or with appropriate experience, two years on application.
Your workload:

Your workload will be significant as assessment is continuous throughout the year with assignments issued regularly and end of semester exams. If you are studying full-time, you will be expected to undertake approximately 40 hours per week of mechanical engineering classes which consist of formal lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and your own study time.

Entry criteria

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet diploma-level entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

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

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (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

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill


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