Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Major in Materials and Process Engineering

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The award
BE (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

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International course fees
NZD 32330 per year

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About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Major in Materials and Process Engineering at University of Waikato

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE (Hons)) is a degree for creative thinkers who move instinctively from having an idea to making it happen. It is designed as the basis for a professional career in engineering and provides plenty of opportunities to apply what you've learnt in real work situations. To find out more, make an enquiry.

The degree focuses on how problems can be solved by using design and engineering processes. At every stage of your degree, you will be involved in creating, designing and realizing sophisticated engineering products.

In your first year, you will complete a number of compulsory papers including a well-known favorite - Foundations of Engineering. Teams of students are challenged to design and build model boats over the course of the semester, culminating in a race day on the University's Oranga Lake.

During your second year you will begin to specialise, depending on the programme you have chosen to study. Then in years three and four, work placements will form a large part of your study.

By the end of your fourth year, you will have also completed a major research and design project with potential for commercial application - like the pine tree seed planter designed and built in collaboration with tree improvement and tree stock production business ArborGen Australasia.

Materials and Process Engineering

Materials and Process Engineering combines chemical, mechanical and materials engineering to produce professional engineers with a wide range of skills for the processing and manufacturing industries.

Materials engineers make critical decisions in selecting the best materials for a particular function; process engineers make critical decisions in the processes and utilities required to manufacture the product.

Examples include converting trees into paper and fibre board, iron sand into steel, effluent into drinkable water and producing solar panels for electricity generation.

This specified engineering programme has full IPENZ accreditation, making the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) a nationally and internationally recognised degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Composite Engineer
  • Manager
  • Materials Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Developer

Potential Employers

  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Environmental Industries
  • Food and Dairy Industries
  • Iron and Steel Manufacturing
  • Petrochemical and Plastics Industry
  • Pulp, Paper and Wood Industries

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Entry requirements

Applicants must be 16 years of age or over. Other English Language Requirements accepted: paper-based TOEFL score of 525; (or a computer-based TOEFL score of 197 or above); or have successfully completed Level 6 of the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English with a B grade average at the University of Waikato Pathways College.

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