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

Gain the theoretical and practical skills necessary to gain employment as an engineering technician in the mechanical engineering field and help to ‘make the world’. Engineering Technicians are generally involved in design and operations. This qualification is an International Dublin Accord qualification under the accreditation of Engineering New Zealand.

You will gain a solid grounding in engineering theory and principles of engineering science including design and drawing, materials, fluids, thermodynamics and production. Engineers are in demand and successful graduates will be able to seek work as Engineering Technicians.

This programme is internationally benchmarked and recognised under the well-respected Dublin Accord, which opens up opportunities to working both in New Zealand and internationally.

Students studying the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering can apply for the GNS Scholarship - find out more via our scholarships page.

You will learn how to:

  • apply engineering theory to practice working within well-defined* engineering problems relevant to their specialist field of mechanical engineering.
  • use their engineering knowledge to make informed problem solving decisions in mechanical engineering and to implement these decisions.
  • identify, evaluate and manage risks within well-defined* engineering problems relevant to their field of mechanical engineering.

*Well-defined engineering problems can be solved in standardised ways, are frequently encountered and hence familiar to most practitioners in the specialist area, have consequences that are locally important but not far-reaching and can be resolved using limited theoretical knowledge but normally require extensive practical knowledge.


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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.

The Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) at WITT was the right course for me.  I had good tutors who were more than willing to help and the small class sizes really allowed me to focus and get more personal support.   I made some great friends and living at home took away the financial stress and allowed me to concentrate on my studies.  The engineering programme gave me all the skills I needed to land my first professional job at Worley, which I am really enjoying.


New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)

Programme Specific Information

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering will be able to study towards a technologist degree such as Bachelor of Engineering Technology, or a professional engineering qualification such as Bachelor of Engineering.

This Diploma is compliant to Dublin Accord and signatory to International Engineering Alliance.

Entry requirements

  • NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in mathematics; or
  • Equivalent knowledge, life skills, work experience or study

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 listening); or equivalent.

Text books

 You can find a list of textbooks needed for this programme here

Career Options

Mechanical Engineering Cadetship, Engineering Technician, Engineering Design Assistant, Project Management, Engineering Management, engineering related sales, AutoCAD Draughtsman, AutoCAD Operator.

Further study options

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

Additional expenses

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