There are two possible pathways into Engineering:

  • as an apprentice through the trades route
  • studying Engineering at a University or Polytech

The route you will take will depend on what type of Engineering you wish to do.

Trades Engineering

If you choose to go through the trades pathway, you will undertake an apprenticeship.  You will be employed by a business while completing your qualification.  This qualification will be done through ITOs;  Competenz or Connexis (depending on the type of Engineering you would like to do).  Click on the links below to find out more about the types of engineering you can do through this pathway.

Engineering at University

Each university specialises in different types of engineering.  Most have a common first year where all students take the same courses.  These courses cover a broad range of engineering subjects and students apply for the major they are interested in going into the second year.  You need to do your research to ensure that the university you want to apply for offers the type of engineering you think you want to specialise in.  To be accepted into engineering at university you must have complete Level 3 NCEA Physics and Calculus. Click on the links below to find out more about the different engineering programmes on offer.