New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) is a great option if you want a qualification pathway that combines applied academic study with practical skills, and only takes two years to prepare you for employment in the engineering industry.

The NZDE qualifies you to work in a variety of engineering jobs at technician level, such as:

  • Computer assisted design (CAD) drafting.
  • Managing construction sites.
  • Designing improvements to machinery used in manufacturing.
  • Developing high tech electronics equipment.

The NZDE has been accredited to international standards (Dublin Accord) and will be recognised overseas. It replaces earlier qualifications, such as the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE) and National Diploma in Engineering.

Most polytechnics and institutes of technology (ITPs) offer the NZDE. The main specialisations are:

  • Civil Engineering: including roads, buildings, bridges, water and wastewater treatment.
  • Electrical Engineering: telecommunications, power generation and distribution, electronics or manufacturing.
  • Mechanical Engineering: design, manufacture and maintenance of tools, machines and systems.

Generally the entry requirements for the NZDE are:

  • At least 48 credits at NCEA Level 2, including a minimum of 12 credits in each of Maths and Physics.
  • Technology subjects are also highly recommended.
  • Check with your chosen tertiary provider as they may have slightly different entry requirements.

Once you've got your NZDE, you can:

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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

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    Andrew Long

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    Joshua Burton

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  • Danny Singh

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    Mike Davies

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  • Tristan McCallum

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    Brendon Thomson

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    Elikena Prescott

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  • Imraan Mohammed

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    Civil Engineering Cadet, Sam Riddell at work

    Jenny Elder

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