Engineering 101

Engineering is the creative application of scientific principles to design, develop or model physical systems, such as structures, machines, processes, and devices.

Engineering is about solving societal problems, what type of engineering you do depends on the challenges you want to conquer. At Waikato, we offer a comprehensive range of engineering programmes in the areas that New Zealand needs most to remain competitive, innovative and disruptive on the global stage.

Engineers lead the way in innovation by developing better infrastructure, creating smarter technologies, discovering renewable energy sources, and designing more environmentally friendly materials and practices.

If you enjoy problem-solving, thrive in science and mathematics, and want to make a positive difference to the world, engineering at Waikato is your home.

Engineering careers

Engineers enjoy competitive salaries. An Engineering New Zealand survey found that in 2016 the median base salary for graduates with less than 5 years’ experience is $60,000. For full-time salaried employees, the median base salary this year was $92,500, with median total remuneration $98,000.

  • Agricultural engineer
  • Automation engineer
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electronic engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Food engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Mechatronic engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Product design engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems engineer