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Engineering

Gain the skills and knowledge to change the way the world works.

Engineering is an exciting career option that suits practical people with enquiring minds and the ingenuity to find practical and cost-effective solutions to technical problems. It’s a hugely diverse and dynamic area with exciting opportunities to invent, collaborate and make a difference - potentially on a global scale.

At Ara we focus on practical, applied engineering with the aim of preparing you for a diverse spectrum of employment opportunities, both in New Zealand and overseas. You can become an engineering technologist with the Bachelor of Engineering Technology or an engineering technician with the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering. Both qualifications are available in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Whatever the area you choose to specialise in, Ara can equip you with the skill sets to thrive in a wide range of exciting industries in a dynamic and global technological world. You can also be confident that your Ara qualification gives employers a clear signal that you have the skills, knowledge and practical experience needed to be effective in the workplace from day one.

Our engineering programmes have been developed nationally with industry to be relevant and up-to-date, and to equip you for key engineering roles within the industry. Our strong industry connections also provide many opportunities for you to undertake real-world projects which form an important part of your studies.

Your learning will take place in a brand new, purpose-built facility at our City campus in Christchurch. In addition to modern classrooms, you’ll have access to well-equipped workshops which provide the opportunity to create prototypes and to evaluate and validate your engineering solutions and designs.

Other facilities include:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) suites
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining
  • 3D printers and laser cutters
  • Workshops for testing and bringing your engineering designs to life

At Ara you can choose to study the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech), or the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (NZDE), studying either mechanical, civil, electrical or electronics disciplines. Additional study options include certificates and diplomas in computer aided design (CAD), plus a graduate diploma in computer aided design.

If you think you may require modifications in order to undertake the practical components of a particular course of study, we encourage you to discuss these with us so we can give them careful consideration.

As it may take time to consider and implement any modifications, please contact disability@ara.ac.nz as early as possible prior to the course starting. We’ll also need to check that there’s no risk of harm to you or anyone else before making a final decision.

Throughout this process we’ll communicate with you in a clear and timely manner.

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