Electrical and Electronic Engineering Major - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Future careers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

There are so many career possibilities when you study the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Check out the post study career opportunities in this guide.
Electrical and electronic engineers work for industries that focus on creating tomorrow’s solutions for everything from must-have leisure gadgets to new power and energy sources, and medical and lifesaving equipment. The field of electrical and electronic engineering is a multi-billion dollar industry with limitless career opportunities.

To become an electrical engineer you study a wide range of hardware and software theory at AUT. At the end of the programme you will be a creative engineering designer who can solve complex problems across:
  • Power engineering – the provision and control of large scale electric power flow
  • Control engineering – the design of automated production systems
  • Electronic and computer engineering – the design of complex hardware and software programs
  • Telecommunications engineering – the design of hard wire and Wi-Fi communication links

Key features

  • Develop a wide-ranging skill base
  • Workplace experience with successful engineering companies
  • Career opportunities in multiple industries

Career opportunities

  • Electronic engineer
  • Embedded (computer) system designer
  • Energy generation designer/engineer
  • Engineering and general management
  • Power systems designer/engineer
  • Telecommunication system designer


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (points for the entire degree). In each year students study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

In addition to successfully completing all papers, you also need to complete a minimum of 800 hours of planned supervised work placement before graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.

Year 1
Students in all majors do the same papers in the first year. These papers cover mathematics and computational techniques, as well as the communication and teamwork skills that are essential for the team environment engineers work in.

Level 5:
ENEL515 Electrical Principles A (15 points)
ENEL516 Electrical Principles B (15 points)
ENGE500 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
ENGE501 Engineering Mathematics I (15 points)
ENME502 Engineering Materials I (15 points)
ENME510 Mechanical Principles A (15 points)
ENME511 Mechanical Principles B (15 points)
ENSE504 Introduction to Computing (15 points)

Year 2
You explore the core areas of study required by electrical and electronic engineers: computer and microprocessors, control, electronic, telecommunications and power engineering.

Level 6:
ENEL600 Electronics (15 points)
ENEL601 Signals and Systems (15 points)
ENEL602 Electronics Project (15 points)
ENEL608 Introduction to Microcontrollers (15 points)
ENGE600 Engineering Management I (15 points)
ENGE601 Engineering Mathematics II (15 points)

Level 7:
ENGE702 Engineering Mathematics III (15 points)
ENEL704 Circuit Theory (15 points)

Year 3
This year focuses on advanced topics including power engineering, electronics, computer engineering, control engineering and telecommunications. Year 3 also includes a design project that increases your ability to design and build engineering (hardware and software) solutions.

Level 7:
ENEL700 Communication Engineering (15 points)
ENEL701 Power Electronic Systems (15 points)
ENEL702 Instrumentation and Control Systems (15 points)
ENEL703 Power Systems Engineering (15 points)
ENEL705 Fields and Waves (15 points)
ENEL709 Design Project (15 points)
ENEL712 Embedded Digital Systems (15 points)

Level 8:
ENGE800 Engineering Numerical Techniques  and Statistical Analysis (15 points)

Year 4
In the final year you grow your understanding of the engineering industry, engineering management and the latest thinking in your chosen field.

Workplace experience
Your individual industry project in Year 4 is your opportunity to gain real-life industrial experience in an engineering environment, under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. You work on a project for organisations like Mercury, Genesis Energy, Contact Energy, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Spark and Auckland Airport. You need to complete 800 hours of planned supervised work experience to graduate, in addition to completing all your papers.

Level 7:
ENGE701 Engineering Management III (15 points)

Level 8:
ENEL895 Industrial Project (Electrical) (30 points)

SELECT 60 points from the following options:
ENEL800 Wireless Systems (15 points)
ENEL801 Electrical Machines and Drives (15 points)
ENEL802 Network Engineering (15 points)
ENEL803 Electrical Design and Protection (15 points)
ENEL804 Sustainable Energy Systems (15 points)
ENEL808 Computer Vision (15 points)
ENEL809 Advanced Control Systems (15 points)
ENEL810 System Identification and Adaptive Control (15 points)
ENEL811 Optimal Control (15 points)
ENEL812 Electrical Power Systems: Integrated Analysis (15 points)
ENEL813 Power Systems in Quality Management (15 points)
ENGE810 Specialist Readings B (15 points)
ENGE812 Specialist Readings D (15 points)
ENSE807 Digital Signal Processing (15 points)
ENSE808 Digital Systems Design (15 points)
ENSE809 Real Time Systems (15 points)
ENSE810 Embedded Software Engineering (15 points)

And 15 points from any paper listed in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or from any other bachelor’s degree with the approval of the programme leader.

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.
Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.45pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.