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

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

Learn practical engineering skills to design, develop, manage or maintain mechanical devices for a range of industries in this practical programme. This two-year standardised diploma has been designed by industry to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector. The programme consists of core and elective courses focused on the design and implementation of engineering technology and will utilise your maths and physics ability and your problem-solving skills.

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.

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

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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