Bachelor of Engineering Technology - degree outline

Engineering technologists have a strong orientation towards practical design and applied technology. As an engineering technologist you can work in a wide range of industries, depending on your choice of major.

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) helps you develop skills in analysing, solving, managing and taking responsibility for broadly defined engineering problems and activities.

  • Designed to meet the requirements for the academic education of an engineering technologist by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)
  • Internationally benchmarked: accredited by IPENZ (Institution of Professional Engineers NZ) as meeting the Sydney Accord
  • Valuable work experience and projects through industry partnerships with companies such as Fisher & Paykel, Beca, Opus, Telecom and Contact Energy
  • Emphasis on promoting ongoing learning, the ability to think critically, make engineering judgements, solve problems creatively, behave ethically and be aware of the need to design for sustainability
  • Skills you develop include communicating technical and nontechnical information, and developing good interpersonal, teamwork and social skills

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3719
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 20 July 2015 and 29 February 2016

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.

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • NCEA:
    • 14 credits at Level 3 in any one of Mathematics, Calculus or Statistics and
    • Minimum of 14 level 2 credits in Physics
  • CIE: At least an A level in either Mathematics or Physics and an AS level in the other

Preferred school subjects

  • English
  • Computing
  • Technology



Most papers last 1 semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you will study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

In addition to successfully completing all the papers, you are also required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of planned supervised work placement prior to graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to the engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.

Year 1
Builds the foundation of knowledge and skills required for your chosen major.

Core papers (for all majors):

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Design

All students except Mechanical Engineering students must also take the following papers:

  • Engineering Computing
  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Personal Computer Engineering and Applications

Year 2
You begin to specialise in your chosen major.

Year 3
You will undertake further study to advance your knowledge in your major.

All Year 3 students undertake an industry-based research project paper called Specialisation Project. The project allows you to apply the knowledge gained in the first 2 years of study in a research or industrial environment. You will develop the practical design and production skills appropriate for a practising engineer. In addition, there is emphasis on the development of problem solving, communication and project management skills.

Last updated: 21-May-2015 11.21am

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