Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering)

Qualification code OP700502

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology with a major in Civil Engineering is for people with an aptitude for mathematics and science who want to work as a technologist with professional engineers. Civil engineering technologists are concerned with the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, building structures, water and waste-water plants and environmental protection works.

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology Civil enables you to hold a responsible position within an organisation’s management team in a local authority, in a consulting engineer’s practice or for a civil engineering contractor.

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology provides students with the knowledge and skills to be admitted as engineering technologists with the Institution of Professional Engineers in New Zealand.

The courses provide a core of basic analytical and communication skills common to all branches of engineering and then students to undertake in-depth study in Civil Engineering.

The degree can be studied on a part-time basis by studying one or two courses per trimester. If you wish to study full-time you must have seek approval from the Programme Leader of the degree.

To offer the Bachelor of Engineering Technology by distance in New Zealand the Open Polytechnic utilises course materials under a licence agreement with the University of Southern Queensland (Australia).

  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • 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.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $17,800 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

Bachelor of Engineering Technology graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and apply knowledge of engineering fundamentals and the basic sciences, including computing and mathematics, relevant to their discipline.
  • Use a systems approach to understand and improve engineering outcomes.
  • Develop engineering designs.
  • Adapt, apply and implement technologies relevant to their field.
  • Schedule, manage and complete engineering projects.
  • Communicate effectively in English in a variety of modes with members of the engineering team, allied professionals and the community at large.
  • Make sound decisions based on open-mindedness, objectivity and reasoned analysis.
  • Function effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.
  • Apply problem-solving techniques including problem identification, formulation and solution, initiative, innovation and creativity.
  • Investigate and report on situations or the behaviour of a system, using standard techniques appropriate for their discipline.
  • Manage work efficiently and effectively under time and resource constraints.
  • Adapt to changing circumstances and master new knowledge, technologies, and techniques.
  • Learn independently and understand the need to undertake lifelong learning.
  • Gather and effectively use information from the range of sources relevant to their field.
  • Understand and operate effectively within the cultural environments in which engineering technologists practice in local, national and global contexts.
  • Practise in a professional manner informed by a knowledge and acceptance of the economic, ethical, legal, professional and workplace responsibilities of an engineering technologist.
  • Understand and accept the social, cultural and environmental responsibilities of an engineering technologist.

Practice units and residential programmes

The practice units are to enable you to acquire specific competencies associated with your major study.  These competencies range from specific practical and communication skills through to generic competencies including ethical and social responsibility, awareness of the environment and teamwork. Practice units contain activities that will enable you to acquire the practical, professional and generic competencies appropriate to your field of study.

After enrolling in a practice unit you will receive an information package from USQ covering all aspects of your Australian voyage.  A practice unit will normally consist of a one-week residential school, which will be held on the Toowoomba Campus of the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. All costs associated with practice units will be at your expense.

Key dates

Trimester 1, 2019

27 January 2019 - Enrolment applications close for Trimester 1

25 February 2019 - Trimester 1 officially begins

24 March 2019- Last day for withdrawing (with refund)

19 May 2019 -  Last day for withdrawing (no refund)

10-21 June 2019- Trimester 1 final exams

23 June 2019- Trimester 1 officially ends

Trimester 2, 2019

17 June 2019 - Applications close for September 2019 Residential Practice units*

16 June 2019 - Enrolment applications close for Trimester 2

15 July 2019 - Trimester 2 officially begins

11 August 2019 - Last day for withdrawing (with refund)

13 October 2019 -  Last day for withdrawing (no refund)

21 October 2019 - Applications close for February 2020 Residential Practice units*

28 October - 8 November 2019 - Trimester 2 final exams

10 November 2019 - Trimester 2 officially ends

* There is no guarantee that USQ can provide an offer of place for the Residential Practice Units – please contact us to discuss enrolment in these units as soon as possible.

Trimester 3, 2019

20 October 2019 - Enrolment applications close for Trimester 3

18 November 2019 - Trimester 3 officially begins

15 December 2019 - Last day for withdrawing (with refund)

19 January 2020 -  Last day for withdrawing (no refund)

3-14 February 2020 - Trimester 3 final exams

16 February 2020 - Trimester 3 officially ends

Enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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