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Waikato professional engineering students are more than just a number, they are part of a unified team guided by a diverse range of thought leaders to solve real-life problems from day one of their degrees.

Creativity is what we do

At Waikato, we challenge our students to be creative engineers focused on solving issues that matter to people. We believe it’s not just about what our students know, but what they do with what they know that will enable them to make a difference.

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Why study engineering at Waikato
BE(Hons) and postgraduate programmes

Jump Start your learning

Has COVID-19 disrupted your learning? Are you worried about not meeting the BE(Hons) entry requirements or do you want to refresh your understanding of entry-level maths and physics?

Our school offers a Jump Start paper run over four weeks in January and February that sets you up to succeed in studying professional engineering.

Engineering Jump Start
General information about Jump Start

Fast Track Graduate Programme

If you have a relevant degree, you may be able to complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) over two years through our new Fast Track Graduate Programme.

This new accelerated programme has been specially designed for skilled workers whose jobs may have been affected by COVID-19.

Fast Track Graduate Programme
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Gain a business edge

Industry needs leaders with more than just superb engineering skills to effect positive disruption.

Our dual qualification of a BE(Hons) and Diploma in Engineering Management (formerly, Engineering Professional Practice) arms students with the engineering nous and business acumen needed to accelerate their careers and open doors to top-management positions in industry.

Engineering in action

Plant-inspired flexi structure to earthquake-proof buildings

Professor Ilanko, a Professor in Civil Engineering, recieved inspiration from Mimosa pudica - the touch-me-not plant - for a new way to improve the earthquake-proofing qualities of structures. Ilanko noted "When I saw the plant sprouting, I bent down to feel it and it collapsed. For me as a structural engineer, I saw a sudden loss of stiffness - something was erect and then it is just collapsing.

Learn about WaiRISC research centre

Transforming industrial energy systems

Prof. Michael Walmsley, a Chemical Engineer, and his team from Waikato, Auckland and Massey Universities, are seeking to transform the way NZ uses, converts, provisions and stores energy for industry. Their world-leading research, supported by $12.5 million in funding for their 7-year project, will develop new adaptive digital twin technology to accelerate NZ's transition to a net-zero-carbon industrial sector.
Photo credit: Siemens

Learn about our energy research

Robotising the kiwifruit harvesting industry

Canaan, a Masters of Engineering student in robotics, is putting the final touches on his robotic kiwifruit harvesting gripper. Robots have to be careful not to damage the kiwifruit and using an ingenious use of 3D printing, Canaan has developed a gripper with spring like pockets that has solved the problem. He is now a Robotics Engineer at Robotics Plus Ltd.

Learn about our robotics research

Self-adaptive facial recognition access system

Isaac, a final year Software Engineering student in the ORCA lab, is developing a door access-control system using a camera and facial recognition technology for Gallagher (who he will join as a new BE(Hons) graduate soon). One of the significant challenges of his project is to predict when an individual's face will change to the point it can't be recognised anymore.

Learn about Isaac's R&D project

Unidirectional wave energy converters for renewable electricity

Jon, Jahna and Jake, final year Mechanical Engineering students, are designing devices to harness renewable energy in waves to continue NZ's transition away from fossil fuels. Wave energy is not subject to the seasonal or daily cyclic challenges of solar and wind. Their design challenge is to create a new unidirectional rotating device using mechanical techniques.

Learn about Jon, Jahna and Jake's R&D project

Renewable composite materials for 3D and 4D printing

Prof. Kim Pickering and Dr John McDonald-Wharry, Materials Engineers, are developing composite materials for 3D and 4D printing with responsive/smart behaviour, made from renewable and biological sources such as cellulose from trees.  Collaborating with materials experts at Scion and Victoria University under a National Science Challenge, they have developed bio-based 3D printing materials with shape memory behaviour.

Learn about WaiCAMM research centre

Alternative bitumen for culturally inclusive & sustainable roads

Teresa Poli, a final year Environmental Engineering student, is incorporating a Māori perspective in road engineering practices. She believes that there needs to be more done to embed a Te Ao approach within engineering projects, particularly infrastructure and roading.

Learn about Teresa's design project



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Washington Accord - international engineering alliance recognised