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Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
2 years
Start date: 26-July-2021
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
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This qualification aims to provide students with both theoretical and practical skills necessary to gain employment as an Engineering Technician in the mechanical engineering field. Engineering Technicians are generally involved in design and operations. Dublin Accord signatory (International Recognition). Engineering New Zealand (previously IPENZ).

Civil Engineering strand graduates will also be able to:

  • apply engineering theory to practice working within well-defined engineering problems relevant to their specialist field of civil engineering
  • use their engineering knowledge to make informed problem solving decisions in civil engineering and to implement these decisions
  • identify, evaluate and manage risks within well-defined engineering problems relevant to their field of civil engineering

Career Options

The NZDE (Civil) prepares a student for a career in the civil engineering industry at technician level. Civil engineers plan, design and construct the infrastructure in which we live and work. This includes the establishment of facilities like roads, railways, airports, water supply, drainage, wastewater disposal, bridges, dams, multi-storey buildings, tunnels and other public works. Civil engineers are employed by a range of different organizations including district and city councils, engineering consultants, contractors, transportation agencies such as NZ Transport Agency, academic institutions, environmental agencies etc.

Civil engineering technicians handle the technical details for building and maintaining infrastructure projects - such as roads, bridges, tunnels, buildings, and waste water systems. They may work with a civil engineering consultancy, a civil construction contractor or a council. The Civil Engineering Technician may work in a number of roles such as Contract Manager, Laboratory Technician, Design Draughtsperson, Site Investigator, Surveying, Asset Management and Engineering Administration.

Further Study Options

  • Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) (NZIHT)

Entry criteria

  • NCEA Level 2 including at least 12 credits in mathematics, or
  • Equivalent knowledge, skills, work experience or study

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

  • IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examinations: 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
  • OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • NZCEL Level 4 Academic
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill


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