Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to offer Civil Engineering course

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to offer Civil Engineering course

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce recently announced that provision had been made for 1000 extra places for engineering students at universities and polytechnics in 2013 to help address the shortage of engineers in New Zealand.

Responding to this call and in conjunction with local industry, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic will be offering a new NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) in 2013.

Paul Roberts, Group Leader of Engineering, says the civil engineering diploma is a natural addition to the existing mechanical and electrical engineering courses the Polytechnic provides. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is one of only a few educational institutes in New Zealand to offer all three engineering diplomas.

“There is huge demand for civil technicians and engineers in the Bay of Plenty due to the rapid growth of the region and the associated need to upgrade infrastructure such as roads and bridges,” says Paul.

The Diploma is very diverse, offering a solid understanding of design principles and the technical knowledge of engineering. Civil engineering technicians will often be the people responsible for ensuring the requirements of the designer are understood and met by the construction team. It’s a role that carries a high level of responsibility and with it, very good rates of pay.

Once the students graduate from the Diploma, they undertake three years of applied learning on the job, where they implement the theory that they have learned in the classroom. Diploma graduates may also wish to consider cross-crediting papers towards an Engineering degree with the University of Canterbury or the University of Auckland.

The Polytechnic’s engineering diplomas are highly regarded in the industry, largely due to the fact that there is such strong input from industry leaders and IPENZ (Institute of Professional Engineers in New Zealand). Every quarter the national committee meets to discuss and agree on the content for the course(s), with the emphasis on keeping them relevant to the engineering profession.

“Managers from high profile companies often come and talk to our classes,” says Paul. “There’s always demand out there for graduates and the high achievers are often snapped up as they leave the courses.”

The NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) Level 6 begins in February and is offered full-time as well as part-time for those who are already working.

www.boppoly.ac.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Fringe Review: Rossum’s Universal Robots

Written in 1920 by Karel Capek in a newly independent Czechoslovakia, its prophetic tale of artificial intelligence, automata and human morality was initially a big hit, but it then vanished from view, in New Zealand at least, before being revived in Hamilton last year. More>>

SELECT FRINGE SHOWS:

Pictures Of Media: Call For Photographs For Reimagining Journalism

In August this year Freerange Press is launching its next big book. This time we are gathering the best writers and thinkers in the country to look at the changing media landscape in New Zealand. To illuminate and give voice to the writing we want to include around 25 excellent photos. We want these photos to document the different aspects of how journalism is made, how it used to be, and how it is changing. More>>

Safer Internet Day: Keeping Safe Online More Important Than Ever

Tuesday 9 February marks Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is designed to create awareness about the importance of Internet safety and encourages positive use of technology - with a strong focus on young people. More>>

ALSO:

We Have The Technology: Zephyrometer Up And Moving

“The needle’s stoppers had to be repaired because of the extra impact caused by the balance not being correct. We also added an extra 300kgs counter-balance – made from zinc coated steel triangle plates. These adjustments will now stop it bending low over the road in high winds.” More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Day: Treaty Of Waitangi - Found In Translation

To celebrate the Society of Translators and Interpreters's 30th anniversary, over 90 translators will work together to translate the English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages... More>>

ALSO:

Northland Development: Trust Applauds $4m Government Funding For Art Centre

Today's announcement of central government support, made by Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce, provides a key step forward in funding for Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news