Engineering Explained

Engineering is the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building and use of engines, machines and structures. Careers in engineering offer opportunities to make new discoveries, solve problems and make a practical difference to the world around you.

The manufacturing sector employs more than 25,000 people in the Waikato region, largely servicing on-farm engineering requirements, transportation, food processing and packaging.

Engineers are problem solvers – they apply technical and practical knowledge to solve real world problems and find new opportunities to improve the world around us.

Civil Engineers design, plan, organise and oversee the building of structures such as dams, bridges, gas and water supply systems, sewerage systems and roads.

Mechanical Engineers may weld, machine, bend, cut or shape light and heavy steel, including stainless, carbon or mild steel, aluminium and galvanised sheet, build special purpose machines or engage in precision tool making design and product development.

Electrical Engineers specify, design and supervise the construction or manufacture of systems and equipment that produce, distribute and/or use electricity.  They also maintain, operate and manage these systems and equipment.

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A career in the manufacturing and engineering sector may be right for you if you are…

  • Interested in making things work
  • Skilled with your hands
  • Inquisitive
  • Interested in innovation and improvement
  • Passionate about the environment
  • Able to think outside the box
  • Comfortable using science and technology
  • Interested in operating vehicles and specialised equipment
  • Able to follow schedules and enjoy planning and using efficient systems

Engineering Pathways

There are lots of different pathways into a career in engineering. Whether you’re more academic, or prefer a more hands-on approach to learning – there’s something for everyone! Click on the Waikato Engineering Pathways image to have a closer look – or download your own copy to help you plan your career in engineering.

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Study In Waikato

Studying in the Waikato is one of the wisest choices you’ll make. Located in the heart of Aotearoa New Zealand, this vibrant region with its cultural diversity and laid-back lifestyle offers a range of options to suit every personality and learning path.

There’s an a world-ranked university and highly regarded technical institute in a safe, welcoming environment.

Outside the classroom you can take part in sport, cultural activities and take your pick from surf beaches, mountains and cycle paths. Or if you want to relax, there are many cafes, bars, shopping centres and restaurants.


Whether you are looking to study at the University of Waikato, Wintec, Vision College or gain a qualification that has a practical vocational focus there are many options within the Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics sector including:

» University of Waikato

› Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)
› Diploma in Engineering Management (Dip EM)

» Wintec Te Pūkenga

› Bachelor of Engineering Technology
NZ Diploma in Engineering

» Vision College

› NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)