What will I learn?

Do you dream of buildings, bridges, railways, and water channels, helping to meet the needs of communities in safe and sustainable ways? Our two-year, high value course of study will enable you to conceive, design and build buildings, systems and infrastructure in the public and private sector; including roads, airports, tunnels, dam and sewage treatment.

The course acts as a foundational year for advanced civil engineering and is designed to upskill students for advanced studies and career opportunities.

You will:

  • • Build and evaluate geotechnical models

    • Analyse structural dynamics using computer technologies

    • Study reinforced concrete and steel design

    • Develop skills for research, communication, critical thinking, business and management

    • Work collaboratively with construction workers, clients, and other industry professionals

    Build and evaluate geotechnical models
  • Analyse structural dynamics using computer technologies
  • Study reinforced concrete and steel design
  • Develop skills for research, communication, critical thinking, business and management
  • Work collaboratively with construction workers, clients, and other industry professionals

Engineers can find themselves working in many different disciplines and environments, from overseeing maintenance operations to designing and building engineered solutions, the range of career options is vast, varied and challenging.

Satisfactory Completion

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering:

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and to be eligible for award of the qualification “New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil)”, they must have:

Shown competence in all of the scheduled units, to a minimum of 240 credits in the specified strand, and upon application to NZQA.

Career Opportunities

Civil Engineers design and build roads, structures, utility infrastructure and buildings. Civil is the broadest field of engineering and can involve working in construction, materials, maintenance and utility operations.

It is expected that graduates will attain the educational underpinnings and work ready attributes defined in the IPENZ Graduate Profile for Engineering Technicians. The graduate profile defined by IPENZ is benchmarked internationally to the exemplar graduate attributes for graduates of technician education programmes recognised under the Dublin Accord.

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$14,000.00 (US$ 9,924) per year
Resource fee: NZ $2,000. This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year
Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

133 Tay Street,

INVERCARGILL,

Invercargill Central,

9840, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have High School Diploma with a C grade average up to grade 12 level. IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill; Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band.

For international students

For entry to this programme, applicants are required to have

  • A minimum total of 48 credits at Level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics, or
  • Equivalent qualifications (eg. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge), or
  • Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience
  • Minimum of eight literacy credits at Level 1 or higher, including four reading and four writing

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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

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