Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) (Level 7)

Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) (Level 7)

This programme is designed to give those that have engineering qualifications a chance to gain technical knowledge in highway engineering and general knowledge of applied management. The goal is to provide the technical and management skills to function at middle management level.

Graduates will be able to:

  • apply advanced technical knowledge in a highway design or construction environment.
  • innovatively apply and modify practices in the field of highway engineering.
  • creatively plan, design, control, budget and prioritise highway construction and maintenance programmes to stand ards required by the engineering profession.
  • provide managerial input into highway engineering projects and activities.
  • implement and complete projects without direct supervision.
  • undertake a wide range of support activities, including organization, management, liaison and public relations.
  • analyse and evaluate technical and economic options.
  • display substantial personal and professional communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • exercise responsibility for the work of others, including cost effective allocation of resources.
  • maintain individual quality standards.
  • continue studies towards higher professional or managerial qualifications.
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This qualification is delivered in partnership with the NZIHT Te Pūkenga. You can find out more about their programmes and block courses on their website.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must:

  • have an appropriate (e.g. engineering, science, geology, or similar) degree or higher tertiary qualification, and:
  • satisfy the Programme Manager, with advice from academic staff, that they have sufficient knowledge of mathematics to ensure successful completion of the programme.

Career Options

Design, construction and maintenance of roads, project management, infrastructure planning and development, asset management, company management, local Government, tertiary teaching.


Five years after graduating with a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) Nisha has an enviable position project managing key infrastructure projects for Gisborne District Council. 

Nisha came to New Zealand with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from her home country of Nepal and chose the NZIHT one-year graduate diploma as she felt it would have a good chance of leading to rewarding employment.

Her qualifications first saw her working for Downers Construction in Hamilton, followed by GHD in Taumarunui, where the region reminded her of her home in Kathmandu, before her move to Gisborne District Council where she works as a Design and Contract Engineer.


Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) (Level 7)

Changes for 2023 learners

On 1 November 2022, WITT and the programme you have enrolled in became part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology .
When you apply to study with WITT in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed.
Please note that all programmes offered by WITT and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review. This is to make sure they are portable, consistent, and aligned with the needs of the industry to provide you with excellent and quality educational opportunities.

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