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

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Micro-credentials community of practice
A workshop group considered the opportunities, challenges and practicalities of using micro-credentials in engineering education/training. They recognised micro-credentials can take a variety of forms but industry involvement is essential. Read More…

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Using micro-credentials to supplement the NZDE
A feasibility study into the potential for micro-credentials to provide an alternative pathway into the NZDE (Civil) recommended a pilot project to run at Unitec. Read More…

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Using EduBits platform to deliver micro-credentials
Researchers investigating the suitability of EduBits for delivering NZDE-related micro-credentials investigated three possible pathways and concluded the platform can satisfy key criteria for good delivery and assessment. Read More…

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Canterbury Engineering Education Hub
A feasibility study into regional engineering education hubs recommended the establishment of a pilot hub focused on the electrical engineering sector. Read More…

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Pasifika Pathway Project
The Pasifika Pathway Project – a pilot bridging programme based on micro-credentials – aims to support Pasifika students to successfully enrol in and complete the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE). Read More…

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What we’ve learnt: Part 2
The Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (STPP) provided an opportunity to trial different models for engaging school students with engineering. When the project ended last month, we asked project managers what had been learnt. Read More…

Developing teaching resources for sharing

Developing teaching resources for sharing
Otago Polytechnic is developing a series of teaching resources and building relationships with schools to raise student and staff awareness of engineering. Read More…

Ensuring engineering graduates are well prepared for employment

Ensuring engineering graduates are well prepared for employment
Engineering employers and educators are enthusiastic about collaborating to ensure NZDE and BEngTech graduates have the competencies and capabilities they’ll need in an evolving workplace. Read More…

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Growing relationships with Māori learners
Ara’s Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (STPP) focus on engaging Māori learners this year has paid off. They have taken engineering courses and will be offered the opportunity to enrol in a new Engineering-IT course in 2019. Read More…

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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…

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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 New Zealand Qualification Authority standards and projects for Years 9-13. 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 Programme, which will include a NZDE Engineering Fundamentals paper and a Physics achievement standard contextualised to engineering. 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 this approach themselves back at school. 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 teachers. 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 this year's students. 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 (NZDE) programme locally. 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 becoming more aware of opportunities for their young people. 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 a wider range of disciplines to give students more career options. 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, and events to raise awareness of engineering. 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 needed for the workforce. 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 Level 6 tertiary qualification while still at school. 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 appreciation of the 'middle pathway' into engineering. 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 campaign, also attracted interest from mall visitors. 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 into their work. 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 with others. 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 Engineering Technology (BEngTech) and an award-winning final-year project. 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 outcome – students said they now had a “proper understanding” of concepts learnt the previous year. 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 Engineering (NZDE). 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 career. 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 might consider an engineering pathway in the future. 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; create clearer career pathways for students; and staircase movement from one qualification to the other. We talked to David Maples, from the Department of Engineering and Architectural Studies at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). 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 opportunity for engineering employers and educators to raise awareness of engineering pathways. 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 a course simultaneously in the classroom and online – has proved successful. 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 of Engineering Technology. 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’ task for their Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech). 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 member of the Cadet Steering Group at Downer, this provided an opportunity to contribute to the programme and also trial a different method of delivering academic learning for his cadets. 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 customised bike wheels and now exports products overseas. 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 similar comments about significant learning experiences in the workplace and making the connection between theory and practice. 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 together the benefits for everyone are obvious. 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 creating another two models of the robot in response to demand. 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. 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 fantastic learning experience and bringing industry and educators closer together. 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. 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. 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. 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 way for her to achieve her goals. Read More…