Educational Delivery

Education providers are at the core of Engineering e2e. As leaders in education you know the complexities of encouraging students, from the time they start school through to employment. Your help is critical for us to present more attractive, flexible and coordinated pathways to engineering careers. With your input we are growing the next generation of innovators in New Zealand. Here are some case studies that show bright ideas and successful strategies for improving delivery of engineering education. Have a read - you might find something you can use to engage students. If you want more information or support, contact us on ENGINEERINGE2E@TEC.GOVT.NZ. And if you have a success story to share, we want to hear from you!


Education Links Case Studies

Potential win win for all involved in new industry education relationship

Potential win-win for all involved in new industry-education relationship: A new WelTec and Haas Factory Outlet New Zealand (HFO-NZ) relationship has got off to a great start with events for industry, school teachers and secondary school students. Read More…

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Maths pathway supports student success in engineering: A new approach to teaching maths – the Maths Emporium method – has recently gained international attention. As it turns out, a similar model had already been developed at WelTec – and it’s successful. Read More…

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Researching girls’ attitudes to engineering: Otago Polytechnic’s research project aims to find out whether the school environment influences girls’ awareness of and attitudes to engineering. Read More…

Integrated Engineering programme for secondary school students

Integrated Engineering programme continues into third year: Wintec is running three Integrated Engineering courses this year and is looking at alternatives to taster days in raising awareness of careers in engineering. Read More…

Collaborating with school to engage girls with engineering

Collaborating with local school to engage girls with engineering: Year 10 students returned to Otago Polytechnic this year to work on a physics lesson within an engineering context. Read More…

Engineering fundamentals provides headstart into engineering

Engineering Fundamentals provides head start into engineering study: WITT’s Engineering Fundamentals programme is well into its second year and continues to provide students with a head start into studying engineering. Read More…

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Working with schools and industry to develop block courses: In response to student feedback, Unitec has introduced three-day block courses aimed at Year 9-12 students. Read More…

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Reaching more students through block courses: Ara has introduced block courses to reach more students and made changes to the existing Electrotechnology course, grown relationships with Māori schools, and is looking at co-teaching courses with teachers. Read More…

Growing relationships with schools and industry

Growing relationships with schools and industry: NorthTec is growing relationships with schools – to highlight engineering and the diploma pathway into an engineering career – and launched a Year 13 Engineering Fundamentals programme this year. Read More…

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What we’ve learnt: developing secondary-tertiary programmes: We asked Secondary-Tertiary Partnership Project (STPP) project managers about the challenges of developing programmes for school students and the consequent changes they’ve made. Read More…

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Making a career change: Changing career is a big commitment. For Amy Sutherland it involves three years’ study while raising children, but she’s enthusiastic about the opportunities to pursue her passion for the environment through engineering. Read More…

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Connecting students with engineering and industry: Students in Unitec's Year 12 engineering programme enjoyed the experience, particularly the industry visits. The Engineering Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (ESTPP) team is now working with schools to redevelop the programme to include modules, links to... Read More…

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Engaging girls with engineering-related activities: Otago Polytechnic is trialling engineering-related NCEA lessons in schools and ran a pilot two-day programme for Year 9 students which included an engineering section. Read More…

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Reaching out to students, teachers and parents: NorthTec's Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (STPP) team has focused on engaging students, teachers and parents with engineering, through events such as the Dream Big movie night. Next year they'll launch a Year 13 Engineering Secondary Tertiary... Read More…

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Design thinking for educators and students: Wintec trialled a Design Thinking for Educators course last month, aimed at showing the processes engineers work through. Teachers returned a week later to support students working on a Design Thinking Challenge, and will trial... Read More…

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Providing opportunities and facilities : With Year 12-13 Electrotechnology courses well under way, Ara's Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (STPP) team is looking at how to reach more students. Ideas include: delivering modules, targeting younger students and trialling co-teaching courses with... Read More…

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Giving students a taste of engineering: WITT targeted girls' schools when launching an engineering 'taster' course this year; hoping to increase the number of girls in the Year 13 Engineering Fundamentals course. The institute has also established three new scholarships for... Read More…

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Making links and developing resources: Otago Polytechnic's Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (STPP) team is developing resources for teaching maths and science within an engineering context, while building links with schools and industry. Read More…

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Promoting the local option: Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki's (WITT) Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (STPP) programme aims to engage students with engineering, prepare them for tertiary study and promote the advantages of studying the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering... Read More…

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Building relationships: NorthTec's Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (STPP) programme is focusing on building relationships with schools and promoting the versatility of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE). Read More…

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Engaging students with engineering: There's lots of enthusiasm around a Year 12 engineering course at Unitec – students enjoy what they're learning, teachers can see how their subject is applied in engineering, and the local community is... Read More…

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Electrotechnology programme reaches more students: Following the success of its pilot Electrotechnology programme, Ara Institute of Canterbury opened up the opportunity for more schools to be involved and now runs four classes. Read More…

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Building on success: A 2016 pilot programme for Year 12/13 students – Integrated Engineering – proved very successful, with almost half the group going on to study engineering at tertiary level. It's being run again this year, covering... Read More…

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Managing Change: A major rebuilding project has provided a good opportunity to review how engineering courses are taught and redesign curricula to improve the student learning experience. Read More…

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Teaching subjects in an engineering context: Otago Polytechnic is working on a project to develop engineering modules that can be taught as part of NCEA Technology, Maths or Science. This involves collaboration with local secondary schools and the University of Otago,... Read More…

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Electrotechnology course leads students into engineering: An Electrotechnology course taught by Ara Institute of Canterbury at Papanui High School this year is already paying off. Students are enthusiastic about what they're learning and some have decided to study engineering. Read More…

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Plugging the engineering skills gap: Unitec, six West Auckland schools and local engineering employers are working together to show students the great opportunities with a career in engineering. The project aims to inspire students, upskill teachers and produce the graduates... Read More…

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Extending successful secondary-tertiary initiatives: After trialling several initiatives aimed at raising awareness of engineering and preparing students for tertiary study, Wintec plans to extend and improve them. Read More…

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Connecting three sectors to promote engineering pathways: NorthTec, with three partner schools, is developing a series of 'taster' engineering experiences, involving industry speakers, for Year 10 to 13 students. In 2018, Year 13 students will have the option of beginning a... Read More…

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Promoting the middle pathway into engineering: A secondary-tertiary programme aimed at encouraging students into engineering is proving valuable before it even starts! Where previously careers advisors tended to suggest students head into the trades or university, they now have a better... Read More…

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Creating an interest in civil engineering: It's an oldie but definitely a goodie – the bridge building competition for secondary students is a good introduction to engineering. NMIT's inaugural competition, held during an Engineering Week linked to the Make the World... Read More…

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Shadow Tech Day - Bringing school students into the workplace: Secondary school students taking STEM subjects often don't know about roles and opportunities in the technology and engineering sectors. Shadow Tech Day provides a simple framework for industry mentors to give individual students an insight... Read More…

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Looking for a fulfilling career: After starting along several pathways as she looked for a fulfilling career, Brady Spooner found civil engineering – and she says the qualifications she gained have helped open many doors. Read More…

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Collaboration between engineering tutors: NorthTec engineering tutor Mike Mullany is enthusiastic about the benefits of sharing resources between institutions. He introduced a successful project based on a Wintec course and, in turn, he and his colleagues share their work... Read More…

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Completing a 3-year course pays off: Having dropped his Bachelor of Engineering (BE) studies for work and travel, Juan Martinez wanted to complete a qualification as soon as possible when returning to tertiary education. That led him to the Bachelor of... Read More…

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Creating a community of civil engineering students: Civil Engineering tutor Aidan Bigham introduced a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering project aimed at creating a community of civil engineering students. It not only achieved all his objectives but also resulted in an unexpected... Read More…

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Secondary/Tertiary Engineering Programme: A Waikato initiative starting this year aims to get local students into engineering. Developed by Wintec and two secondary schools, the pilot programme focuses on preparing students to successfully complete the New Zealand Diploma in... Read More…

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A theoretical and practical knowledge of the industry: Engineers holding a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) can consolidate their theoretical knowledge and practical experience to gain a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP). Arunkumar Ramachandran chose this route into an engineering... Read More…

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Key learnings from pathways pilot programme: The Techlink Pathways Project (TPP) pilot programme was set up to explore ways to build relationships between tertiary institutions and local secondary schools. It aimed to give students some experience of engineering so that they... Read More…

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Enabling students to study engineering: Taking the right Science and Maths is a major stumbling block to students enrolling in and succeeding in engineering. At Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, however, a higher than average number of girls go into engineering.... Read More…

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Alignment of engineering pathways: The recent reviews of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) and Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) have provided an opportunity to: consult with industry and ensure the current qualifications continue to satisfy industry requirements;... Read More…

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Making links with schools to support STEM : Ensuring students have the background knowledge for successful tertiary study is a crucial factor in promoting engineering pathways. Read More…

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Project-based learning: Impact Projects: A successful programme at Albany Senior High School involves students in exploring their interests and/or potential careers, with many working on technology-related projects. Students contribute to their local community – which presents a great... Read More…

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Delivering an engineering course to students in three regions: Offering a range of option courses can be problematic; it requires not only tutors with specialist knowledge but also suitable teaching spaces and sufficient numbers of students to make classes viable. One response – delivering... Read More…

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Collaboration to highlight tertiary pathways: Overcoming a general lack of awareness amongst the public about pathways in engineering is a challenge. This year, Unitec and the University of Auckland have tried a new approach to informing students about the Bachelor... Read More…

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Multidisciplinary project modelling workplace collaboration: The divide between theory and practice adds an extra challenge for graduates joining the workforce. A course being trialled at Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) has Mechanical and Electrical engineering students modelling a ‘real world’... Read More…

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Industry involvement in NZDE course: Education/industry collaboration benefits all parties involved, so Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has actively engaged with local employers while delivering the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) Civil programme. For Paul Duffy, a... Read More…

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NZDE helps cycling entrepreneur grow his business: Entrepreneur Tristan Thomas enrolled in a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) to build the knowledge and practical skills needed to run his own business. Wheelworks, set up as a part-time company in 2007, produces... Read More…

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Mentoring Pasifika engineering students: How can educators and employers encourage young Pasifika people into engineering pathways and support them to achieve? We talked to Winston Hiliau, Pacific Mentor for Unitec’s Civil Engineering Department, about his role. Read More…

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Practice-based learning: Researchers talked to construction apprentices, engineering cadets and general practice registrars for Knowing Practice – a research project on practice-based learning. Regardless of their individual backgrounds in the construction, engineering or medical sectors, participants made... Read More…

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Alternative pathway to Clinical Engineering: Following last year’s case study about a proposed new qualification – a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering in Clinical Engineering – this month we look at an alternative pathway via existing programmes. Read More…

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Industry Advisory Groups: a collaborative approach to engineering: For two spheres which are so closely related, the institutions people study at and the places of work they move on to can seem worlds apart. But when industry and tertiary education organisations (TEOs) work... Read More…

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Final year project opens doors for BEngTech graduate: Les Poynter’s award-winning robot project for his Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) degree has opened up a lot of doors. He’s now enjoying his role as electrical engineer in a consultancy company, and is busy... Read More…

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‘Theory without practice is empty, and practice without theory is blind’: When Allie decided to study engineering, she knew how she wanted to learn. “I wanted to study at a place where teachers devote time to each student. I also wanted to build on my strengths... Read More…

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Industry-Provider collaboration: New Zealand Diploma of Engineering in Clinical Engineering: The Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with industry, has developed a new engineering qualification – the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (NZDE) in Clinical Engineering. Read More…

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Who better to teach engineering students than industry experts? : In this case study Mike Mullany, Head Tutor of NorthTec's NZDE (Civil), talks about the collaborative tutoring programme he set up. Eight out ten tutors are specialists employed in the engineering industry, giving students a... Read More…

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Defining engineering roles by qualification: What skills can your engineering employees offer? It’s important to have a sense of the skills your employees with different qualifications bring to your organisation. That way you can offer your workers the best experience,... Read More…

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From luck to choice – the steps to a career in Engineering: Should your options in life really come down to luck? We don’t think so. We chatted to Mike about his journey through education to employment in engineering. Mike’s story has helped us identify which steps aren’t... Read More…

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The BEngTech: Doing real world things: Ashley did well at school and knew he wanted to get into a career that was real and practical. Engineering became the obvious goal - but what wasn’t so obvious was the pathway. Now in... Read More…

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A Bachelor of Engineering Technology: the perfect way for Amy to achieve her goals: In her mid-twenties and with a new baby daughter, Amy Pauling decided that she needed something more than a science diploma and a job as a lab technician. Amy found the BEngTech - the perfect... Read More…

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