New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)

  • 24 July 2017, Feb 2018
  • Level 6
  • 2 years full-time study or part-time equivalent
    Available in New Plymouth
  • $6,400 - Domestic student (2017)
    $18,870 - International student

Qualification overview

This qualification aims to provide students with both theoretical and practical skills necessary to gain employment as an Engineering Technician in the mechanical engineering field. Engineering Technicians are generally involved in design and operations.


Entry requirements

  • 48 credits at Level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 in mathematics, or
  • Equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge)
  • Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience and
  • A minimum of 10 Literacy credits at Level 1 or higher including 4 reading and 4 writing.

We welcome applications from both international students and New Zealand residents whose first language is not English. For this programme you will require an IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 or greater (with no sub score below 5.5 in speaking, reading, writing and listerning); or equivalent. 

Need some help meeting entry requirements? Check out our entry level courses HERE.

Career Options

Mechanical Engineering cadetship, engineering technician, engineering design assistant, project management, engineering management, engineering related sales.

Further study options

Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP) which can be gained in the workplace or study at a degree level.



Learn the CAD draughting skills required as an engineering technician and by a wide variety of roles.  A useful and practical skill to have to add to your CV.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to

1.    Demonstrate correct draughting practice and the use of different views and projections.
2.    Produce working drawings including projections, perspective, sectional and assemble views.
3.    Produce 3D models of parts and assemblies, and output final drawings.
4.    Explain the CAD/CAM manufacturing process.

·         Classes: Wednesday and Thursday 4:30 - 7:30pm  (17 weeks).  

Learn skills involved in safely using engineering workshop machines and equipment and to develop an awareness of common manufacturing processes. 

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to

1.    Operate safely in an engineering environment and explain the safety requirement required by the appropriate regulations
2.    Operate mechanical engineering and welding equipment and carry out simple fabrication

·         Classes: Tuesday 4:30 - 7:30pm and Friday 1-4pm (17 weeks).  

For more information – talk to Rebecca Martin, Faculty Administrator on phone 06 757 3100 Ext 8780