Certificate in Engineering Technology (TK1003) Level 4

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Aims

This certificate aims to provide a good grounding in engineering science and technical methods. Depending on the strand chosen graduates will gain broad knowledge covering one of the following areas:

  • Core engineering
  • Civil engineering 
  • Highway engineering
  • Water utility engineering

Certificate courses give a good foundation for further engineering studies at Level 5 and 6

  • NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil)
  • NZ Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)
  • NZ Diploma in Engineering (Electronics)

Graduates of this Programme may be employed in the civil infrastructure industry in various roles such as engineering cadet, worksite team leader and assistant project engineer.

NZIHT, through the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), offers this programme on a part time basis using a mixed-mode delivery format. This method of delivery caters specifically for the needs of students who are unable to attend a conventional full-time programme. More details on the method of delivery are given below. 

Graduate Profile

Strand A:  Core Engineering Courses

A graduate from this Programme will be able to:

  • use a wide range of knowledge to display an understanding of technical literacy,  engineering communication and interpersonal communication skills relevant to civil and mechanical engineering industries
  • identify and evaluate information from a variety of sources, including technical specifications, engineering standards and codes of practice
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic engineering drawing techniques and standards to communicate and present ideas
  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental mathematical and engineering science skills required to engage in higher level diploma studies  

 

Strand B:  Highway Engineering Courses

A graduate from this Programme will be able to:

  • apply engineering knowledge and skills to measure, estimate, calculate, investigate and plan general civil engineering projects of moderate scope
  • identify and evaluate information from a variety of documents including technical specifications, engineering standards and codes of practice
  • relate theory to the solution of standard and non-standard engineering problems of moderate scope in a highway engineering environment
  • be accountable for the quality and quantity of their own work output and on occasions take responsibility for the work output of others
  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental highway engineering skills required to engage in higher level diploma studies in this discipline

 

Strand C:  Civil Engineering Courses

A graduate from this Programme will be able to:

  • apply engineering knowledge and skills to measure, estimate, calculate, investigate and plan general civil engineering projects of moderate scope
  • identify and evaluate information from a variety of documents including technical specifications, engineering standards and codes of practice
  • relate theory to the solution of standard and non-standard engineering problems of moderate scope in a civil engineering environment
  • be accountable for the quality and quantity of their own work output and on occasions take responsibility for the work output of others. 

 

Strand D:  Water Utilities Engineering Courses

  • display an understanding of technical literacy and basic engineering science knowledge relevant to the water industry
  • demonstrate computational skills required to carry out computations relevant to the water utilities industry
  • apply engineering knowledge and skills to supervise the installation and maintenance of water and wastewater reticulations systems
  • evaluate the requirements of and design water, waste water and storm water reticulation systems
  • demonstrate knowledge of the basic fundamentals of water, waste water and solid waste treatment and disposal methods

Courses within this Programme may be credited towards a higher level diploma programme of study.

Entry Criteria

Academic Achievement

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • 48 or more credits at NCEA Level 1, and must include NCEA Level 1 requirements for Literacy and Numeracy ; and/or
  • Equivalent NQF Unit Standards
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed such tests of English language competence as detailed in Policy and Procedure English Language Proficiency.

Life Skills/Work Experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the Programme of study if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent knowledge and skills; and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or informal study such as to suggest likelihood of successful Programme completion.

Selection criteria

Entry to the Programme will be in order of receipt of enrolments by applicants who meet the entry criteria above.

Applicants who seek entry to the programme under the Life Skills/Work Experience clause of the entry criteria above, may be required to attend an interview, and/or supply references or other supporting documentation.

Acceptance

Following the review of the applications by the Academic Programme Leader  each candidate will be informed in writing of the result.  There is a requirement that candidates accepted onto the Programme must, for the purposes of obtaining the Certificate, complete a Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) Enrolment Form.

Applicants will receive the WITT Enrolment Form when they are notified of their acceptance onto the Programme.

Please note a student is confirmed onto the Programme when NZIHT has received an Enrolment Form from the student.

Written confirmation giving final course details will be issued prior to the start of the first block course.

Programme Structure

Students must elect to do one or more of the following certificate strands:

  • Core Engineering

 

  • Highways Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

 

  • Water Utilities Engineering

Note: Foundation course electives are offered to help students in their study of each strand. Students may elect to do any number of foundation courses.  However, only ONE 15 credit foundation course will count towards the total 60 credits required for a certificate.  Foundation courses may not contribute towards the 60 credits required via RPL.

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2018Course Fees

The cost of each course is $728.30 including GST.

Programme length

This is a 20 week, full-time programme of study which can also be completed part time over two years.

Method of Delivery

Block Courses

A combination of contact sessions, called Study Blocks, and structured self-directed study is used to deliver the programme. The self-directed study component is undertaken in the student’s own time at home with the aid of course notes and a proposed work programme. Interaction with the course presenter as and when required is via e-mail or telephone.  Interaction with the course presenter and fellow students can also be made through the Course Management System website (NZIHT CMS).

The length of the Study Blocks varies according to the nature of individual courses. The typical duration is about 5 days per course.

This method of delivery enables candidates to acquire the qualification on a part-time basis.  A person in full-time employment, who is willing to work hard, should be able to undertake 2 to 3 courses per semester.  On this basis the programme can be completed in 1 year. 

The current venues where Study Blocks are delivered, subject to demand, are Hamilton, Christchurch, Auckland  and Palmerston North.

Block Course Format

The learning activities for each course comprise the following components:

1. Contact session(s), referred to as Study Blocks, totalling between 3 and 7 days approximately,  normally broken into two blocks of equal duration per course.  (3 Study Block for CET3.002 Mathematics Introduction and CET4.112 Mathematics 1)

2.  Structured self-directed study involving Self Evaluation Exercises and Assignments.

3.  Final Examination.

While the block course format, in essence, is a part-time study format specifically designed to cater for persons who are not in a position to attend full-time programmes, it is not a pure “correspondence course”.

The course materials have not been designed to be completely “stand-alone”. The Study Blocks fulfil an important supplementary role to the self-directed study component. Experience has shown that block course attendance is important for all courses, but in particular:

- where there is a strong analytical content (e.g. Mathematics, Engineering Fundamentals, Structures 1, Hydraulics) and

- where labs and/or practicals are involved (e.g. Geotechnical Engineering, Surveying, etc)

Students are expected to attend all Study Blocks in their courses.  The Study Blocks are especially critical to NZIHT’s mode of delivery.

In the first instance if a Student cannot attend a Study Block an alternative Study Block should be found.  If an alternative Study Block cannot be found, the Student is required to apply to the Academic Programme Leader to be exempted from study block attendance.  This will only be granted if the student can provide satisfactory evidence that he/she will not be disadvantaged by non-attendance of the block course eg on the basis of previous study (only if the student has achieved not less than 65% for any courses completed to date) or relevant recent work experience. 

Course Management System

Candidates accepted onto the Programme find it useful to have independent access to the internet.   NZIHT has introduced a Course Management System Website (CMS for short) to facilitate the interaction between fellow students, tutors and administrators.

The address is www.nzihtcms.co.nz

CMS is a website where:

  • Administration staff post some of the admin resources commonly required by the student and communicates logistics, including venue and timetable information
  • Students can ask course related questions of the course presenters
  • Course presenters can discuss course related matters or disseminate additional information 
  • Question-and-answer discussion trails (discussion forum) can be facilitated among members of a class group (including the course presenter)
  • Marks for tests and assignments are posted during the progress of courses

Students are provided with a user name and password to gain access to the site and its facilities. 

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)

Candidates who can provide evidence of prior study, or work related experience, that shows a
direct correlation to a course offered in the programme may be eligible for recognition of prior
learning for that course.  
 
A formal application process must be entered into by the student in order to gain such a credit (an
application fee is payable).  The Academic Programme Leader can give an opinion on the likelihood
of success but all applications are subject to the approval of the NZIHT Results Committee.   
 
It is important for candidates to supply copies of results transcripts, and desirably an updated CV, to
enable the Academic Programme Leader to give advice on eligibility and possible recognition of
prior learning.

How to Apply

Complete the Entry Application Form and send it to the address given below. Attach any additional information or documents (e.g. CV) that may assist the Programme Leader/Manager in determining your eligibility to enroll for the Programme and advice on which courses you should enrol for.

This is a pre-enrolment process.

Once your eligibility and subject choices have been confirmed, you will be sent an enrolment form.

Please enroll as early as possible after receipt of an enrolment form.

Enrolment Form Submission Periods:             

Semester 1 courses:                        

Enrolment forms are received from November until late January. Please enroll as early as possible.

Students may enroll for both semesters at the start of the year. 

Semester 2 courses:                                

June through middle July.

Contact Details for Enquiries

Programme & Office Co-ordinator

NZIHT

PO Box 9296                

Waikato Mail Centre      

Hamilton 3240   

Tel :      (07) 850 8330

 e-mail : admin@nziht.co.nz

Study Block Schedule - 2017

Click Here for the 2017 Semester 1 Study Block Schedule

Click Here for the 2017 Semester 2 Study Block Schedule

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