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About the NZDE and the NZDEP

"The two qualifications provide a structured pathway to a rewarding career as an engineering technician in the manufacturing or infrastructure sector. There is currently a high demand for engineers in New Zealand with NZDE and NZDEP qualifications. This demand is expected to last for the foreseeable future. These technician level qualifications are seen as central to New Zealand's future."

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) and the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP) are national qualifications that have been developed with industry to meet industry needs. They respond to industry's call for technician level qualifications that recognise practical skills by combining quality academic study to national standards with a rigorous and structured assessment of practical skills.

The two qualifications provide a structured pathway to a rewarding career as an engineering technician in the manufacturing or infrastructure sector. There is currently a high demand for engineers in New Zealand with NZDE and NZDEP qualifications. This demand is expected to last for the foreseeable future. These technician level qualifications are seen as central to New Zealand's future.

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) is a great option if you want a qualification pathway that combines applied academic study with practical skills, and only takes two years to prepare you for employment in the engineering industry.

The NZDE has been accredited to international standards (Dublin Accord) and will be recognised overseas.

Types of Engineering you can study in the NZDE and NZDEP

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers design and build roads, structures, infrastructure and buildings. They work in construction, materials, maintenance and utility operations.

Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Electrical/electronic engineers are responsible for the electrical infrastructure that drives just about everything we do. They work in telecommunications, power, semiconductors, manufacturing, transportation, or related fields.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers design, manufacture and maintain the tools, engines, machines and systems that keep modern society operating. They work in manufacturing, construction, transport, power generation, food production and building services industries.

The NZDE qualifies you to work in a variety of engineering jobs at technician level, such as:

  • Computer assisted design (CAD) drafting.
  • Managing construction sites.
  • Designing improvements to machinery used in manufacturing.
  • Developing high tech electronics equipment.

Qualifications Framework