Faculty of Engineering

Engineering specialisations

If you are creative, curious, resourceful, enjoy working with people, designing solutions to problems, and want to use your skills to make a difference to future generations, then you should consider a career in engineering.

Biomedical Engineering

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Shannon chose Biomedical

Biomedical engineers combine engineering, medicine, and biology to resolve challenges in the healthcare industry. They respond to challenging problems like: how can we diagnose ill health sooner? How can we design medical solutions for more effective treatment and quicker recovery? How might autonomous technology and telemedicine improve healthcare delivery? It is a field of rapid diversification, and as the role of technology in healthcare becomes more prominent biomedical engineers find themselves at the forefront of real-world, life-changing outcomes.


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Biomedical engineers often gain employment in biomedical companies, research facilities, hospitals and government regulatory agencies. They design medical devices, prostheses or implants, develop drugs or drug delivery systems, improve sports and injury assessment, and work in medical IT. As some of the most versatile engineers, biomedical engineers can also be found in fields like software development, electronics, consulting, financial modelling, and the food/meat/wool industries.


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Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Prianka chose Chemical & Materials

Do you wonder how products like petrol, plastic bottles, and synthetic polyester are produced from oil? Or are you more interested in developing new, sustainable replacements to these everyday items? These topics fall under Chemical and Materials Engineering, a discipline that involves understanding how to chemically or physically alter a substrate in order to produce something useful. As “big picture” professionals, these engineers are often responsible for the overall design, operation and quality of giant-scale processes.


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Major industries employing chemical and materials engineers include dairy and food, pharmaceuticals, paper and pulp, petrochemicals, energy processing and production, construction and cement, timber, water treatment, resource development and management, electronics, and mineral processing industries such as aluminium and steel production. As sustainable practices become increasingly critical, chemical and material engineers will also be required to re-evaluate and re-design many of the fundamental products and processes that these industries have been built upon.


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Civil Engineering

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Daniel chose Civil & Environmental

Civil engineers make modern life possible. They work on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of projects such as skyscrapers, motorways, bridges, tunnels and dams. They are the ones who calculate the maximum weight that a bridge will be able to hold, or work out how to earthquake-proof buildings. Environmental engineers design practical solutions that help mitigate further harm to our planet. You can see how, as disciplines, civil and environmental engineering will only become further entwined as time passes.


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The demand for civil and environmental engineers will soon exceed supply as cities continue to grow, ageing infrastructure needs replacing and the need to rectify human harm to the environment becomes critical. You will find opportunities in state-owned enterprises, regional and district councils, and in the private sector, working as an engineering contractor or consultant. A number of our graduates have progressed into the top echelons of businesses around the world.


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Computer Systems Engineering

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Humaa chose Computer Systems

Computer systems now pervade almost every aspect of our world. They constitute the core of controllers and components of wireless communication systems, home automation systems, appliances, automobiles, factory processes, mechatronics, instrumentation, embedded systems and nano-systems. Computer Systems Engineering is the crucial branch of the discipline that solves practical engineering problems with computer-based solutions, often by embedding a computer system into a complex operation that can sense, problem-solve and act in the real world.


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As innovative design and product development continues at pace, so too does the demand for qualified engineers. As a graduate, you will find opportunities in multinational computer companies, consultancy firms, the telecommunications industry, and in the research and development teams of companies in a multitude of sectors. You might extend your Part IV research project, develop a new technology and form your own start-up company.


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Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Ankita chose Electrical & Electronic

Modern society is highly dependent on reliable power, communications and electronic systems. Electrical and electronic engineers design the equipment and systems that provide these essential services. The discipline encompasses a range of exciting and diverse fields, from heavy electrical power generation, to sophisticated medical electronics, computer modelling, electromagnetics, information technology and the global telecommunications network. We will have electrical and electronic engineers to thank when new forms of green electricity are developed and electric vehicles replace our fossil fuel-powered fleet.


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This engineering discipline changes so rapidly that it may be difficult to envision the types of technology you will be working on by the time you graduate – they may not even be invented yet! Today, our graduates are employed in roles relating to communications, wireless computing technologies, electronics, instrumentation, power electronics and motor-control. Opportunities also exist in processing industries such as timber, pulp and paper, steel, aluminium, meat and dairy.


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Engineering Science

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Penelope chose Engineering Science

Engineering scientists are problem solvers committed to the science of “better”. They use their intellect and advanced mathematical skills to design ways to optimise and improve systems. How can a forest be managed to make a profit while still remaining environmentally friendly? How can a sail be designed to work in low wind conditions? What prices should be charged for airline tickets to maximise the revenue from a given flight? These are all questions an engineering scientist would relish.


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The diverse range of options available throughout your degree will directly contribute to your professional versatility. You might end up developing software, modelling production processes for a large manufacturer, or in a management position with a bank. Our graduates can be found in leading New Zealand companies like Fonterra, Air New Zealand, and Meridian Energy, in government organisations including NIWA and Transpower, and consultancy firms such as Beca and Maunsell.


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Mechanical Engineering

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Isaac chose Mechanical

Mechanical engineers use science and technology to design and produce mechanical devices, machinery and systems - think robots, wind turbines and cars. Their work spans a range of scales, from nanotechnologies to large-scale industrial machinery and processes, such as paper mills or car assembly plants. Mechanical engineers also understand how to efficiently use energy in processes, so they might be involved in designing a heating system for a hospital or a refrigeration plant for a food export company.


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As a graduate, you might pursue opportunities in the manufacturing or transport industries, or in major primary process plants that produce things like wood pulp, dairy products, meat, steel, petroleum and electricity. Many of our graduates enjoy the variety involved in consultative engineering, where they are commissioned by companies to plan, design and implement a range of projects often confined by interesting and industry-specific parameters.


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Mechatronics Engineering

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Mark chose Mechatronics

Mechatronics Engineering integrates specialist knowledge in mechanics, electronics and computer systems to design and develop automated systems, such as chassis-stabilising systems, anti-lock brakes, engine control units, disk drives, cameras, service and surgical robots and medical devices. All of these systems are largely mechanical in nature, but could not function without their essential electronic and computer control system components. As “jacks of all trades”, mechatronics engineers are often generalists rather than specialists, with a versatility that is highly valued in the workforce.


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This specialisation is fully in line with the modern world’s desire for a high-tech, knowledge-based economy.  As society moves toward ‘smart’ homes, cities and grids, mechatronics engineers will be in high demand. Our graduates can be found in a wide range of jobs that involve the design and improvement of high-tech products, such as home appliances, medical devices and machine tools, and processes related to precision agriculture and remote sensing.


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Software Engineering

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Juhi chose Software

Software engineering is behind many of the things we now take for granted – internet banking, online shopping, and mobile payments. It is the apps on your smart phone, the games on your computer, and the cloud storage you depend on to back up your devices. This area of engineering is being propelled by widespread demand for faultless software support. The creative possibilities literally stretch as far as your imagination!



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As infrastructure, government agencies, businesses, and individuals are increasingly reliant on intuitive, dependable, cloud-based solutions, software engineers are emerging as the newest generation of IT workforce leaders. As a graduate, you could end up in virtually any company, managing their information storage and sharing technologies. You might choose to join a dedicated software consultancy firm, or work your way up to management. Some students have extended their Part IV projects with postgraduate research, using this to kick-start their very own start-up companies.


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