Engineering careers involve the design, development and construction of everything from complex manufacturing assemblies, motorways and bridges, to medical devices. Everything we use has been influenced by engineers. New approaches to engineering are critical to address sustainability and quality of life - including clean water, environment, renewable energy systems, waste management and recycling.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is ideal for students who wish to become professional engineers. This major prepares you for the growing demand for engineering professionals in NZ due to emerging high-tech sectors. These include biotechnology, processing, electronics and embedded systems, mechatronics and robotics, sensing and scanning devices, medical technologies, advanced materials and manufacturing technologies (including plastics), pharmaceuticals, agri-technologies, digital and ICT technologies.
AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.
You will be guaranteed a place in this programme if you achieve an academic score of 250 along with NCEA 18 level 3 credits in each of Calculus and Physics or CIE A levels in Mathematics and Physics.
The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering is common to all majors. As well as undertaking papers in engineering, you will develop communication and teamwork skills - key skills for engineering careers as engineers usually work in teams, often alongside non-engineering participants.
You will study computing, engineering design, mechanical engineering principles, engineering mathematics, electrical engineering principles and engineering materials.
You will be provided with the background and tools to understand and apply mathematical and engineering sciences across a broad range of engineering disciplines within each major.
As well as undertaking advanced study in your specialisation, you will undertake an individual industrial project where you will work on a piece of engineering design and analysis. Supervision by academic supervisors is provided to ensure work is of a consistently appropriate standard.
In the final year of study, you will undertake an individual industrial project where you will work on a real-world piece of engineering design and analysis. Its objective is to prepare you for the jobs you are likely to encounter upon graduation.
In addition to successfully completing all the papers, you also need to complete a minimum of 800 hours of planned supervised work placement prior to graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.