What will I learn?

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career in electrical engineering. Graduates of engineering diplomas enter careers in systems maintenance and development work, in residential construction, with production companies and for planning and maintenance roles in large industries such as pulp and paper and power generation, as well as the defence force.

This practical course is for anyone who has an inquisitive mind – people who enjoy maths, hands-on analytical tasks, and making things work.

You’ll learn how to design and interpret technical electronic instructions and also develop, install, test and maintain all the different types of equipment that produce, transmit and use power.

Well-equipped labs will give you the chance to turn theory into reality and small class sizes ensure every individual gets the support they need to succeed. Topics include technical literacy, power generation, sustainable energy, electrical and electronic principles and applications.

There are great job opportunities due to a nationwide and international shortage of electrical engineers.

Career Opportunities

  • Technical support engineer
  • Supervising technician engineer
  • Technician engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Production manager
  • Production maintenance manager


Year One topics include:

  • Engineering Fundamentals - fundamentals of a range of engineering disciplines
  • Engineering Mathematics 1 - mathematical skills, concepts and understandings required to perform calculations and solve problems within engineering contexts
  • Technical Literacy - technical research skills, as well as oral, written, graphical interpersonal communication skills
  • Electrical Principles - general fundamental electrical circuit principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Applications - application of general fundamental electrical and electronic principles
  • PLC Programming 1 - programming PLCs to solve simple industrial problems
  • Electronic Principles - develop further understanding of the application of fundamental electronic principles
  • Power Engineering - three phase circuit theory as applied to power engineering

Year Two topics include:

  • Engineering Mathematics 2 - mathematical principles and engineering mathematical skills to solve engineering problems
  • PLC Programming 2 - advanced knowledge of PLC systems, applications, and programming methods
  • Electrical Machines - single and three phase electrical machines
  • Introduction to Networks - introduction to the architecture, structure and functions and models of the internet to enable students to build a simple LAN
  • Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics - concepts and applications of power electronics involved in small scale renewable energy systems
  • Power Systems - three phase power systems and distribution systems
  • Engineering Management - administering and managing projects effectively
  • Engineering Project (Electrical) - an electrotechnology project derived from given specifications.

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (for those working in industry)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Primary Industries, Trades and Infrastructure

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$18,500.00 (US$ 12,415) per year
NZ $37,000 for the entire course
Start date

To be confirmed


Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Windermere Campus,

70 Windermere Drive,



3112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For certificate and diploma programmes at Levels 5 and 6, all international students must have: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/ Te Reo M?ori or education achievement, at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2, and a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3; Or equivalent; Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the program. Applicants must meet the English language requirements: Level 5: IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)- Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications- 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; PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36. Level 6: IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; OET- Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Cambridge English Qualifications- 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.

For international students

To gain entry into this programme, you are required to have:

  • NCEA Level 2, including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at Level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013), AND
  • a minimum total of 48 credits at Level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry), OR
  • or equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge)
  • or equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5.0 TWE); Cambridge English Qualifications: 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; PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42.

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


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