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

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About this programme

Electrical engineers are responsible for the electrical infrastructure that drives just about everything we do. A career in electrical engineering can lead to work in telecommunications, power, semiconductors, manufacturing, transportation, or related fields.

This qualification will provide you the skills needed to become a certified Engineering Technician and gaining Associate Membership with the Institute of Professional Engineers, New Zealand (IPENZ).

International recognition

NorthTec's New Zealand Diploma in Engineering is recognised in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States under an international agreement of Engineering Technician qualifications known as the Dublin Accord. With this diploma, you can work in any of these countries without needing to retrain.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • competently perform technical operations to the standards, ethical and professional responsibilities required by the engineering profession (as per the Dublin Accord 2002).

  • work collaboratively within team environments to provide a comprehensive engineering service in the relevant specialist area.

  • apply the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Resource Management Act and Health & Safety in Employment Act while carrying out engineering activities.

  • apply engineering theory to practice working within well-defined engineering problems relevant to their specialist field of electrical engineering.

  • use their engineering knowledge to make informed problem solving decisions in electrical engineering and to implement these decisions.

  • identify, evaluate and manage risks within well-defined engineering problems relevant to the field of electrical engineering.

Courses in this programme

A New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) 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 - Year 1 Level Credits
DE4101 - Engineering Fundamentals 4 15
DE4102 - Engineering Mathematics 1 4 15
DE4103 - Technical Literacy 4 15
DE4401 - Electrical Principles 4 15
DE4402 - Electrical and Electronic Applications 4 15
DE5401 - Power Engineering 4 15
DE5403 - Electronic Principles 5 15
DE5408 - Introduction to Networks 5 15
Compulsory Courses - Year 2 Level Credits
DE5402 - PLC Programming 1 5 15
DE5404 - Electrical Machines 5 15
DE6101 - Engineering Management 6 15
DE6102 - Engineering Project (Electrical) 6 15
Elective Courses Level Credits
DE5417 - Instrumentation and Controls 1 5 15
DE5418 - Engineering Mathematics 2 5 15
DE6401 - Power Systems 1 6 15
DE6411 - PLC Programming 2 6 15
DE6414 - Instrumentation and Controls 2 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); and

  • including 10 literacy credits at level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013); or

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

  • have equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience.

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 (Electrical) (Level 6)

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

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Full time/Part time


2 years full-time

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Semester Dates (2019):18 Feb - 28 Jun
22 Jul - 29 Nov

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Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $5,286.05 (per year)

Student levy may apply

International: $18,720.00 (per year)

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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