What will I learn?

If you are interested in the planning, design and construction of all forms of infrastructure and have a passion for building strong relationships with clients and contractors then Civil Engineering is for you.

Civil Engineering plays a key part in the creation and protection of our structural environment. A Civil Engineering qualification will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design and manage the construction of various infrastructure including residential, commercial and industrial buildings; roads, rail, dams and bridges. You will also acquire the technical knowledge and skills to draft plans, survey sites and compile engineering reports.

What will I learn?

On this programme you will learn how to:

  • Competently perform technical operations to the standards, ethical and professional responsibilities required by the engineering profession
  • Work collaboratively within team environments to provide a comprehensive engineering service in the relevant specialist area
  • Apply the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Resource Management Act and Health & Safety in Employment Act while carrying out engineering activities
  • Apply engineering theory to practice working within well-defined* engineering problems relevant to your specialist field of civil engineering
  • Use your engineering knowledge to make informed problem solving decisions in civil engineering and to implement these decisions
  • Identify, evaluate and manage risks within well-defined engineering problems relevant to the field of civil engineering.

Well-defined engineering problems can be solved in standardized 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.

Career opportunities and pathways

Graduates from NMIT's programme have a very high employment rate in the industry.

You can gain employment as an engineering technician including roles working on roads, buildings and utilities.

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$18,900.00 (US$ 12,531) per year
NZ $240 Student Services Levy

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

To be confirmed


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson campus,

322 Hardy Street,


Nelson Central,

7010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must prove their English Proficiency.

For international students

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 2. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), or

Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience.

English language requirements:

In addition to meeting the minimum entry criteria, those applicants for whom English is a second language (including International students) must meet the language requirement:

  • Overall Band Score (Academic) of 6.0 IELTS, with no individual score less than 5.5, or
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations - FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL - B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

In a 2015 survey of first impressions, 99% of international students said NMIT 'met or exceeded' their expectations.

  • A New Zealand Qualifications Authority Category 1 Institute
  • Over 100 qualifications on offer
  • Home to experienced, industry-savvy teaching staff
  • Has award-winning facilities & modern learning environments