Course Overview

The construction industry is crying out for more civil engineering technicians, with some local companies offering generous scholarships to encourage more people to study this highly regarded diploma.

If you’re detail orientated, love maths and physics, and like thinking outside the square to solve problems, this is the place for you. It’s more than a course – it’s your chance to change the framework of our nation!

You’ll develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities that will equip you to work in civil engineering and its related fields as a technician, with knowledge of engineering sciences, materials and processes as well as management skills.

Using specialised equipment in our teaching labs, you'll learn computer aided design techniques, conduct materials and failure testing, and demonstrate practical applications of engineering theories. Three topics in year one and one topic in year two are also common to the electrical and mechanical disciplines.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Level 6)
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Study options

2 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Part-time study available

Total credits 240
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,048 per year for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • engineering technician in roading/bridges/design office
  • civil project management
  • technical support engineer
  • supervising technician engineer

New Zealand needs more diploma level civil engineering technicians to create roads, bridges, buildings and infrastructure as part of the Christchurch rebuild. The Government is also investing heavily into other infrastructure projects around the country - in areas like rail, roads, bridges, irrigation and waste water management - which is further driving the need for more technicians.

Graduates can work in civil project management, as a technical support engineer, or as a supervising technician engineer.

Potential employers include:

  • private engineering consultancies
  • construction companies
  • Government agencies e.g. NZTA
  • infrastructure and utility companies e.g. railway and electricity companies
  • regional councils

Topics you'll cover

During the course you'll cover a broad range of topics and select electives that will assist you 'in the real world' including; highway, traffic and geotechnical engineering, land surveying, technical literacy, structural drawings, hydraulics, and project management.

Classes include plenty of time in our high-spec engineering labs where you'll get the chance to put theory into practice, studying computer-aided design techniques and conducting materials and failure testing.

Year One

  • Engineering Fundamentals
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Technical Literacy
  • Materials (Civil)
  • Land Surveying 1
  • Geotechnical Engineering 1
  • Civil and Structural Drawing
  • Structures 1

Year Two

  • Engineering Project (Civil)
  • Engineering Management
  • Highway Engineering 1
  • Hydraulics (Civil)

Plus FOUR of the following:

  • Engineering Surveying
  • Structures 2
  • Geotechnical Engineering 2
  • Highway Engineering 2
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Structures 3
  • Water and Wastewater Systems
  • Water and Waste Management
  • Land Surveying 2

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,048 per year for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

To gain entry into this course, you are required to have:

  • NCEA Level 2, including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at Level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013), AND
  • a minimum total 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
  • equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), OR
  • equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 2 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Part-time study available

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Further Study Options

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (for those working in industry)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering