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Diploma in Engineering - Electronic

STARTS: February 2023
Madras Street

You will study the principles and practices for the design and development of component electronics.

Please note: this programme is FEES-FREE for domestic students until 31 December 2022. Find out more >

This national qualification was designed by industry in 2010 to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector and includes core and elective courses focused on the design and implementation of engineering technology and aimed at providing you with sound thinking and problem solving abilities.

You will gain a solid grounding in engineering theory and principles of engineering science including design and drawing electrical, electronics, networks, programming and microcontrollers.

Working closely with professional engineers you will apply current and emerging technologies in new situations. Our courses are industry designed and during this programme you will develop sound thinking and problem solving skills for work in designing and implementing engineering technology.

It is expected that graduates will attain the educational underpinnings and work ready attributes defined in the Engineering New Zealand Graduate Profile for Engineering Technicians. The graduate profile defined by EngNZ is benchmarked internationally to the exemplar graduate attributes for graduates of technician education programmes recognised under the Dublin Accord.

Fees for 2022

International Fee
$23,656 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year

NCEA Level 2 which must include: 12 credits in Literacy Level 1 or above and 12 credits in Mathematics (including algebra, calculus and geometry) Level 2 or above

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Engineering Pathway or equivalent.

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Study pathways

After successfully completing a Diploma in Engineering – Electronics, you can complement your qualification with a Bachelors degree including the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical).

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

FULL-TIME - 2 Years

You will study the principles and practices for the design and development of component electronics.

Type Diploma
Code NZ2612
Next Starts February 2023
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 240
Level 6
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2612-TRON

Fees for 2022

International Fee
$23,656 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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