Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Real-world engineering from day one

Start becoming an engineer from day one of your studies at Massey. You’ll learn the skills to make you a sought-after employee in New Zealand and internationally.

What is it like?

You are guaranteed your first choice of major

Whether you choose your major at the start or the end of your first year, there are no limits on the places available. There’s no chance of missing out - you can study what you’re passionate about!

Real-world problem solving

Every year you work on projects that can help both our communities and industry, giving you a real feel of what engineering involves, and the skills that distinguish you from the rest.

An internationally-recognised engineering programme

Your degree will be recognised internationally.

The BE(Hons) programme has provisional accreditation by Engineering NZ as a professional engineering degree under the Washington Accord.

Modular learning

We teach and assess subjects in small blocks so that you know how you’re doing throughout a semester. There are modular tests but no final ‘big’ exams.

Wanted by employers

Our practical learning environment, combined with having more work experience than other New Zealand engineering qualification will see you develop the skills that employers are looking for.

Earning potential

The 2014 Remuneration Survey of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (now Engineering NZ) reports new graduates start on a median salary of $52,000 and after five years are earning around $75,000. Those further into their careers earn much more.

Supportive learning environment

To help you transition to university patterns of independent study we provide you with a personal tutor. A Year Dean coordinates your entire first year experience. Also, you’re tutored in small-groups of up to 25 students, so you have easy access to our faculty experts.

Our distinctiveness

The project spine - engineering practice coming alive

Our ‘project spine’ allows you to develop the skills that real engineers rely on in practice. This allows you to work in teams to solve real-world problems and develop the skills that distinguish you from the rest. Our students lead others when it comes to problem solving.

In 2014 a Year 1 Massey team beat other universities from New Zealand and Australia to be the Champion Team in the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge. The competition is fierce and proves that we produce engineers that think ‘outside the box’.

This is in addition to our previous three wins at the National Challenge (2012-2014) beating all competitors from other New Zealand universities.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report, undertaken over nine years, showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates. Engineering and building-related fields have the largest earnings premiums over the national median of young graduates.

Flexible study

If you wish to change from the BE(Hons), you may be able to transition into a Bachelor of Information Sciences or Bachelor of Science. The first years of several of these programmes’ majors have many courses in common

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy solving problems
  • Like working in teams
  • Want to know why things are the way they are
  • Do well in science subjects
James McCarthy
Bachelor of Engineering
Graduated in 2012
Owner and founder - Spidertracks

“James McCarthy took his love of taking things apart, and turned it into a lucrative business, with his products now used the world over…”

Ever since he was a boy, James McCarthy has been taking apart radios, cars, televisions, remotes - anything he could lay his hands on - just to see how it works. It’s turned into the most useful trait for an inventor - a desire to figure out how things work, and how they can be made better.

The Massey University mechatronics graduate didn’t invent tracking of airplanes, but what he did invent was a cheap, simple, effective way of tracking flight movements in real time for both commercial and recreational pilots. The invention - named the ‘Spider’ - is a world-first, a portable device, able to be plugged into the plane’s cigarette lighter. It relays your location constantly to the internet, so even if the box doesn’t survive a crash, the information does.


Engineering is a great career choice

Worldwide, engineering is recognised as a vital sector in the global economic recovery and more and more graduates are needed.

Career progression

  • You may find your early employment is often in technical development project work or research
  • However, within five years you may well have moved into management in technical, research and development, production, or quality assurance roles
  • You could then move to general management, or even choose to start your own businesses. Massey's BEng(Hons) assists the transition into the business side of engineering, with a focus on business skills as part of the degree
  • Or you could undertake postgraduate degrees after completing a BEng(Hons), then work in the research and development sector

Helping you land the job you want

Massey graduates are sought-after by employers for their ability to be valuable employees from Day One. Massey provides first-rate support to help you ‘hit the ground running’ - you’ll stand out from the rest. With the BE(Hons) you can work around the world.

Practical experience

We want our students have a competitive edge. During your degree you spend 900 hours (six months, minimum) working as engineers with companies. That’s more than any other programme in New Zealand. We want our students have a competitive edge.

Our staff help you find intern or summer work, and work with Massey’s Career and Employment Service to ensure you get the experience you need.

  • Dedicated website advertising work opportunities
  • Tips on writing CVs
  • Job interview guide and mock interviews
  • Career planning workshops
  • Engineering company staff to put you through your paces
  • You will be prepared for the competitive world of finding a job.

Career opportunities

Our graduates can work in many industries:

  • Food
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Petrochemical
  • Biotech
  • Chemical
  • IT
  • Telecommunications and IT
  • Power and energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Consumer products
  • Automotive

Our graduates get jobs around the country and around the world as:

  • Process engineers
  • Waste-water engineers
  • Energy development engineers
  • Project managers
  • Process automation engineers
  • Mechanical product engineers
  • Research engineers
  • Project planners
  • Sales engineers
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Commissioning and startup planners
  • Robotics engineers
  • Embedded software engineers
  • Equipment reliability engineers
  • Test method validation engineers
  • Project managers for automation and controls
  • Solidworks machine designers
  • Mechanical - estimators > Mechanical system design and analysis engineers
  • Manufacturing managers - machining and assembly
  • Machine designers
  • Systems test engineers
  • Software engineers
  • Hardware engineers
  • Electronics engineers
  • Product developers
Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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