Qualification
Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP700503

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology with a major in Mechanical Engineering is for people with an aptitude for mathematics and science who are interested in developing new products and processes, designing new machines and devices, and developing better manufacturing methods and systems.

There is a range of career opportunities in both the private and public sectors which include manufacturing and fabrication, processing, transport, energy systems, computers, the armed forces or consultancy work.

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 Mechanical 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.

New students

We are no longer accepting new student enrolments into the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical) Level 7. 

You may be interested in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) which is open to new student enrolments.

Visit the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) qualification page

Existing students

If you are currently studying towards the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical) Level 7, you can continue to enrol in your next courses as normal from the ‘choose courses’ tab.

What you will learn

Bachelor of Engineering Technology graduates should 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

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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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