New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) - Civil Engineering

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Note: The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022. For courses continuing/starting after 1 January 2023, partial or full fees may apply.

Enter the the world of infrastructure development. You’ll learn all about land surveying, highway and traffic engineering, and water and wastewater systems. You’ll also be equipped to design and supervise the construction of roads, buildings, tunnels, airports, dams and bridges.

This diploma will provide you with the knowledge and skills required of an engineering technician. You’ll learn to apply theoretical and technical knowledge to practical situations and demonstrate the necessary strategies to work safely and effectively with contractors, communities, clients and authorities.

Pathways for high-achieving students may include acceptance with up to two years’ recognition into the University of Auckland Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering degree as well as the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Engineering Science at the University of Southern Queensland.

International recognition

This qualification (NZDE) is recognised in New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and Korea under an international agreement known as the Dublin Accord. You can work in any of these countries with your NZDE with no need to retrain.

What will you learn?

In this programme, you will learn to:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and technical knowledge to practical situations

  • Demonstrate the necessary skills and strategies to work safely and effectively on and off construction sites and with contractors, communities, clients and authorities

  • Be confident, critical thinkers, who have the ability to solve problems within a broad civil engineering setting

  • Be able to demonstrate communication and technical skills

  • Function positively in a bi-cultural and multicultural environment such as those that exist in the New Zealand engineering environment.

Courses in this programme

A range of courses are offered full-time and part-time; the courses offered will vary in each academic year. The full diploma normally takes two years full–time or four years part-time. A New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) is awarded when students have achieved 240 credits, including all compulsory courses.

A full list of the courses that are available in the current academic year will be provided when the programme commences, but may include:

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
DE4101 - Engineering Fundamentals 4 15
DE4102 - Engineering Mathematics 1 4 15
DE4103 - Technical Literacy 4 15
DE4201 - Materials (Civil) 4 15
DE4202 - Land Surveying 1 4 15
DE5201 - Structures 1 5 15
DE5202 - Civil and Structural Drawing 5 15
DE5203 - Hydraulics (Civil) 5 15
DE5204 - Highway Engineering 1 5 15
DE5205 - Engineering Surveying 5 15
DE5207 - Geotechnical Engineering 1 5 15
DE6101 - Engineering Management 6 15
DE6299 - Engineering Project (Civil) 6 15
Elective Courses Level Credits
DE5206 - Structures 2 5 15
DE6201 - Geotechnical Engineering 2 6 15
DE6202 - Highway Engineering 2 6 15
DE6203 - Traffic Engineering 6 15
DE6205 - Water and Wastewater Systems 6 15
DE6206 - Water and Wastewater Management 6 15

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • have achieved NCEA level 2, and

  • have a minimum of 48 credits at level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry), or

  • have equivalent qualifications (eg International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), or

  • have equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience, including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013).

In addition to meeting the minimum entry criteria, those applicants for whom English is a second language must have an overall band score (Academic) of 6.0 IELTS, with no individual score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Qualification gained

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

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time/Part time


2 years full time

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International Fees (2022): $18,720 (per year)

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