Materials Technology

Course code MEC3203

It is necessary for an engineer to have a sound working knowledge of the characteristic properties and behaviour of the common types of engineering materials during processing/fabrication and in service.  This course extends the basic course Engineering Materials to show how the basic principles of materials science are used in the development of contemporary engineering materials.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 27 Jan 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • appraise the characteristics, properties, applications and behaviour (including strengthening mechanisms) during processing, fabrication and service of a wide range of engineering materials
  • examine and evaluate the effects of stress, fatigue, creep, corrosion, and wear on materials
  • examine and evaluate forms and effects of corrosion in metals and review the main methods of corrosion prevention
  • examine and evaluate the effects of welding on the properties of a welded component and the methods used to ensure a sound weld
  • systematically apply and justify the failure analysis of a material or a system of materials, including the use of relevant failure analysis methodologies
  • systematically specify and justify suitable material(s) for a given application, including the use of relevant material selection methodologies.

Other requirements

There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.


40% Internally assessed

60% Exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.