The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)) focuses on how problems can be solved by using design and engineering processes. At every stage of your degree, you'll be involved in creating, designing and realising sophisticated engineering products.
You will have the opportunity to showcase your research and design work at the Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show - a conference-style event open to industry and the public.
As a Waikato engineering student you will also complete 800 hours of work experience - usually paid - with a company or organisation that suits your interests, and you'll make valuable industry contacts which in many cases leads to part or full-time work.
Our Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals.
At Waikato our eligible engineering programmes are fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ); meaning your degree is internationally recognised and you can work just about anywhere in the world.
You can choose from the following specified programmes:
- Civil Engineering
- Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Materials and Process Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Software Engineering
Students can work in specialised laboratories including the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research, such as 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.
The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. Software Engineering majors will also have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.
Build a successful career
Engineering professionals lead the way in innovation through improving infrastructure, building smarter technologies and working to discover alternative and renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly materials and practices.
Increasing the number of trained engineers is seen as essential for New Zealand's growth in technology-related enterprises.
Engineers enjoy competitive salaries. An Engineering New Zealand survey found that in 2014 the median base salary for graduates with up to one year's experience is $52,000.
- Biochemical Engineer
- Electronic Engineer
- Food Technology Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Product Designer
- Software Engineer
- Civil Engineer