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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 ‘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.
Massey teams regularly win the New Zealand and international Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge. The competition is fierce and proves that Massey produces engineers that think ‘outside the box’.
The BE (Hons) programme has been accredited by Engineering NZ as a professional engineering degree under the Washington Accord. This is an international agreement between bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes.
Signatories are from Australia, Canada, China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and Peru. This means you can practice as an engineer in these countries using your Massey University BE (Hons) qualification.
A 2017 Ministry of Education publication, The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.
We want our students have a competitive edge. During your degree you spend 800 hours working as engineers with companies. That helps you to come out with a broader understanding of the industry, some great experiences for your CV and you will be ready to start work from the day you graduate.
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.
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.
“They throw you in the deep end, there’s a bit of stumbling around, but you develop really great skills as a result. Step by step, you just start developing these skills and that starts to grow your confidence…”
When I look back, it’s easy to think ‘how did I get here?
I grew up in Huntly, not exactly the technology capital of New Zealand. For me, going to Auckland to study engineering was more than a bit daunting. They throw you in the deep end, there’s a bit of stumbling around, but you develop really great skills as a result. Step by step, you just start developing these skills and that starts to grow your confidence.
Massey offers a good practical approach to some of the other engineering offered around the country. When people ask me why engineering, I am always hesitant to say that I was one of those kids who was good at understanding how things work, not because it isn’t true, but because I think it takes a whole lot of different people and mindsets to make good engineers.
Now I’m doing my PhD. My research is looking to use lights that transmit data to improve indoor GPS. If successful, these could be used in places like hospitals, airports and train stations where you need to know where you are going, but it’s just not possible with current technology. There’s just nothing globally on it and we actually have a phenomenal research cluster in that area at Massey. It basically fell out of my undergraduate work and to be at the coalface of something new and cutting-edge is just really awesome.
Worldwide, engineering is recognised as a vital sector in the global economic recovery and more and more graduates are needed.
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.
Our graduates can work in many industries:
Our graduates get jobs around the country and around the world as:
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