Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Otago Polytechnic

Program Description

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Otago Polytechnic

Are you a hands-on kind of person who enjoys planning and problem-solving?

Use those strengths to help shape your future within the Engineering industry. Engineers are in high demand around the world for their skills and experience in combining engineering theory with the applied and practical components required in a range of industries. With hard work and a responsible attitude, you could set your sights on project management or consultancy roles in your particular fields.

Gain skills in management, economics, communications, problem-solving and critical thinking, while developing a deep understanding of the principles and practical application of modern technology in your area of specialisation. During the third year, you will have the opportunity to participate in a significant industry-based project in order to gain experience within the workplace.

This programme is a collaboration by New Zealand Metro Polytechnics and has provisional accreditation towards the Sydney Accord of the International Engineering Alliance from the Institution of Professional Engineers, which ensures it meets national and international standards.

*Please note: Accreditation pending for year two and three of the electrical major. Please contact the School of Architecture, Building and Engineering for more information.

International fee: NZD 20,200 (first year)

Skills required

  • Good problem-solving ability
  • Practical thinking
  • Good computer skills
  • The ability to plan, organise and adapt
  • Excellent communication skills.

Entry requirements

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements. As part of our selection procedure we prefer that you have completed the equivalent of Year 13 physics and mathematics (algebra or calculus).

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in writing and speaking, and no less than 5.5 in reading and listening.

You will study

Choose to specialise in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. If you are interested in completing this qualification with a specialty in Electrical Engineering or Electronics, you may complete year one of your qualification at Otago Polytechnic. This programme is made up of core and elective courses. Each will focus on the design and implementation of engineering technology and will concentrate on the development of advanced critical thinking and problem solving activities for effective troubleshooting.


Develop skills in communication, management, mathematics, engineering science, basic electrical/electronic principles and basic engineering practices. Elective courses may be selected according to your area of specialty.


Continue to build on your selected major.


Undertake an industry-based project in order to gain experience within the engineering profession.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, enter industry practice and then develop, demonstrate and maintain practical skills and professional competence. Your graduate career has the potential to develop as follows:

Development stage

Enter initial employment and develop competence for independent practice under supervision.

Independent practice

Practice independently as a competent engineering technologist benchmarked against the competence standard for registration as an Engineering Technology Practitioner (ETPract). You are now able to progress to Technical Membership of IPENZ (TIPENZ).

Team leadership

Take overall responsibility for the work of a team in which you are the most expert.

Technical management

Supervise the work of others who may have greater or wider competence.

General management

Become involved in management at an organisational level. You may no longer be directly involved with technical engineering technology activities.

Further Engineering career opportunities:

  • Research and development
  • Technical support and application
  • Education and communication
  • Sales
  • Quality and general management
  • Technocratic roles in local authorities and government.


What is the minimum/maximum age to apply?

There is no maximum age to apply, provided that you are a genuine student. Usually, students beginning their programmes are at least 18 years of age.

How long will my study take?

Undergraduate degrees are three years, diplomas are usually two years and certificates are one year. Graduate and postgraduate qualifications can take one to two years to complete.

What about international recognition?

All of our qualifications are recognised internationally. You are able to take your Otago Polytechnic undergraduate degree and apply to other national and international tertiary institutions for graduate and postgraduate study.

How much can I earn as a student?

Those students who are eligible to work while studying may get causal jobs in areas like hospitality or other service industries. Your hourly wage is likely to be between NZD$13-15.

What do I need for my student visa?

Your Otago Polytechnic Offer of Place letter. This letter means you have been accepted to study. It also states your course fee, which you must pay first to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office. You will then receive a receipt of payment from us. You must submit these two documents (your Offer of Place and your receipt of fees), along with evidence that you have sufficient funds for living expenses, and a return international air ticket or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one, to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office.

For programmes longer than 24 months, you will also need to provide very recent medical and x-ray certificates. If you are over 17 years of age, you will need a police certificate to show that you are of good character. See the New Zealand Immigration website for more details.

Streamlined visa applications now open!

If you are an international student who will apply for your student visa from outside of New Zealand, you might be eligible for the streamlined visa process offered by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). This allows your visa application to be processed faster by INZ because Otago Polytechnic nominates you as a suitable candidate (INZ will decide the outcome and the processing time).

Once you have received your Offer of Place from Otago Polytechnic, you may apply for a streamlined visa nomination letter from us. For more information and to submit an application, click here.

What happens when I finish my degree?

Students who have completed their degree in the normal time and have a job offer related to their studies can apply for a work visa for another two years. This entitles you to work in the job you have been offered, and may help you qualify for residence.

What about applying for New Zealand residency?

If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand, it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. Immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to apply for permanent residence.

Is there an application fee?


How long does it take to apply?

We suggest you apply at least three to four months before your programme starts so that you are organised to arrive on time.

What do I need to include in my application?

Your English language test results: IELTS, TOEFL or TOIEC. We also require certified copies of any academic results you have from your overseas high school or university. We may also require your curriculum vitae or a portfolio, depending on your programme entry requirements.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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