Programme Details

The Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is designed for those who want to work with future technologies and market trends in New Zealand. A student who is keen to propose mechanical (automotive or mechatronic) engineering solutions; wants to develop, deploy, test and commission automated systems for industry, contemporary motor vehicles, and smart buildings; and design and manufacture automotive and electromechanical components, may join our proposed “Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (with strands in Automotive Engineering and Mechatronics and Control Systems) (Level 7)” programme.

The proposed program is a two-year qualification with 240 credits. The program includes core, elective and specialisation papers. The core papers include engineering mathematics, engineering management, lean methodology, and a final project. The program also offers elective papers to develop a foundation for the learners in one of the two specialisations: 1) Automotive Engineering, 2) Mechatronics and Control systems.

Programme Summary Information


Programme Title: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (with strands in Automotive Engineering and Mechatronics and Control Systems) - Level 7

Total Credits: 240

Duration: 2 Years (Full Time) (Total 80 weeks including holidays)

Aim

This programme aims to provide students with advanced theoretical knowledge, analytical and practical skills, and an in-depth understanding of technological principles, techniques and physical procedures required to work as Engineering technicians or technologists in the Mechanical Engineering industry including automotive, mechatronics and control. Graduates of this programme will work with various types of mechanical and electromechanical devices to provide solutions to mechanical engineering businesses and service industry needs.

Course Structure

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering - Level 5 or equivalent knowledge and skills. If English is not their first language, and for International students, an overall IELTS band score of at least 6.0 is required with no band score lower than 5.5, or evidence must be provided of equivalent English language proficiency.

You can use the English language tests in the table below to meet the ICA’s English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting, and results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate.

English Language Tests

You can use the English language tests in the table below to meet the ICA’s English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate. 

Other Test Options with Minimum Requirements 

ICA IELP Assessment 

IELTS (Academic) 

Internet-
based TOEFL (iBT) 

Paper-
based TOEFL 

Cambridge English: ESOL

NZCEL

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

City & Guilds IESOL

Overall score of 6 points and all components 5.5 or better

Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

FCE with a pass at Grade B or CAE with a score of 52

Level 5(*) with the Academic endorsement

PToE (Academic) score of 50

B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

RPL addresses previous qualifications and relevant experience including: 

  • Cross credits
  • Assessment of prior learning
  • Credit transfers

 Maximum 50% of cross credits may be awarded through RPL and APL. Credit transefrs can be done for all the subjects already passed.The student needs to apply for cross credits at the time of admission application. Once a course of study is approved, then it will not be considered for cross credits.

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Options for cross credit

Appendix 1

Options for cross credit – version One

Version one of the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is effective from 01 February, 2016.  Version one requirements apply to all candidates enrolling for their first DME Level-7 prescription/course to be delivered and assessed in a term or semester that starts after 09 Feb, 2016. 

The following eight options are available for achieving the version one maximum of six prescriptions (120 credits) by cross credit/APL:

 

Specified credit transfer from other qualifications

Option 1:

6 Papers (120 cr)

Option 2:

5 Papers (100 cr)

Option 3:

4 Papers (80 cr)

Option 4:

3 Papers (60 cr)

Option 5:

2 Papers (40 cr)

Option 6:

1 Paper (20 cr)

Appendix 2

Policy: Cross Credits for six months

Policy for six months credits

  1. Secondary School Certificate+ Higher (Superior) Secondly School certificate + 3 Years diploma in mechanical or relevant OR
  2.  Secondary School Certificate+ 3 Years diploma in mechanical or relevant with following options

Automotive Engineering

Marks more than 70 % in all of the following subjects

    • Mathematics or equivalent
    • Mechanics or thermodynamics or equivalent
    • Automotive systems or equivalent

 Mechatronic and Control Systems

Marks more than 70 % in all of the following subjects

    • Mathematics or equivalent
    • Control systems or equivalent
    • Actuators or equivalent
    • Applicants with diploma qualification and have experience of more than or equivalent to 5 year) in respective field of study can also be
    • cross credited of six months/ three subjects as per policy) and
    • RPL  of six months/three subjects after APL on case by case basis Of total program of study.

Appendix 3

 Policy: Cross Credits for 12 months

 Policy for 12 months cross credits talks about

    • Applicants who must have completed their bachelor or BTec qualification and want to study advanced courses in accordance with New Zealand market need. There is no particular requirements of grade for cross credit.