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Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: Expected February-2021
Otago Polytechnic
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Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering.

Are you a hands-on kind of person who enjoys planning and problem-solving?

Use those strengths to help shape your future within the Engineering industry.

Engineering Technologists are in high demand around the world for their skills and experience in combining engineering theory with the applied and practical components required in a range of industries. With hard work and a responsible attitude, you could set your sights on project management or consultancy roles in your particular fields.

Gain skills in management, economics, communications, problem-solving and critical thinking, while developing a deep understanding of the principles and practical application of modern technology in your area of specialisation. During the third year, you will have the opportunity to participate in a significant industry-based project in order to gain experience within the workplace.

This programme is a collaboration between the New Zealand Metro Polytechnics. The Civil and Mechanical specialisations are fully accredited under the Sydney Accord of the International Engineering Alliance, and the Electrical specialisation has provisional accreditation. This means they are recognised internationally by other accord signatory countries.

Engineering career opportunities:

  • Research and development
  • Technical support and application
  • Education and communication
  • Quality and general management
  • Technocratic roles in local authorities and government.

Skills required:

  • Good problem-solving ability
  • Practical thinking
  • Good computer skills
  • The ability to plan, organise and adapt
  • Excellent communication skills.

Your workload:

During this practical and theoretical programme, you should expect to contribute time towards both directed and self-directed study. The number of hours will vary according to the chosen specialisation and route through the qualification.

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.

If you are a school leaver or adult applicant with equivalent experience who does not meet all of the entry criteria, you may be given provisional entry at the discretion of the Head of School where it is considered that you have a reasonable chance of succeeding in this qualification.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years)

Writing band 6.0
Speaking band 6.0
Reading band 5.5
Listening band 5.5, OR

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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