Electronic Engineering

The work of electronic engineers is essential to our social, business and industrial lives.  New Zealand’s electronics manufacturing industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.  Our companies are targeting niche markets, such as telecommunications, and exporting their products all over the world.

Kirsten Nel

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
For electronic engineering honours graduate Kirsten Nel, the University of Waikato was her first choice because of glowing reviews from current students.

Electronic engineers design, build and maintain many of the latest technologies that society relies on, including: Smart phones, the internet, drones, medical diagnostic equipment, efficient and safe fossil-fuel craft, electric vehicles, alternative energy, agricultural management systems, computers, smart factories, navigation aids for aircraft, human implants, electronic toys and games.

There is a global shortage of electronic engineers, and the New Zealand Government has set a priority to expand electronics education. When you graduate you will be in demand by employers looking for capable graduates with the practical experience and robust engineering and design skills you will gain at Waikato.

An important part of the Electronic Engineering programme at the University of Waikato is supported work placements into relevant industries. This gives you the opportunity for paid work experience while further exploring the field of Electronic Engineering you could choose for your career.

You'll work on major research design projects, creating products with commercial applications, which are then showcased at our annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show.  Importantly, there is also a focus on developing well-honed communication skills that are such a vital part of the profession.

At Waikato the Electronic Engineering programme is fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ); meaning your degree is internationally recognised and you can work just about anywhere in the world.


The electronics laboratories at the University of Waikato feature the latest equipment and are supplied with a wide selection of modern components and powerful software. Classes are run in an environment just like that found in contemporary electronics companies.  Engineering students have access to the latest equipment including vector impedance and spectrum analysers, precision meters, fast oscilloscopes, semiconductor analysers, lightning and surge simulators, distortion analysers, complex signal sources, a range of special-purpose measuring equipment, a mechanical workshop and high-power computing facilities.

Build a successful career

As an electronic engineering graduate you could work in a range of exciting fields including aerospace, livestock management, renewable energy (wind, solar, geo), electronic mapping, data communications, satellite systems, vehicle companies, hospitals, and the military.

 Career opportunities

  • Electronic Engineer
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Mechatronic Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Embedded Programmer
  • Research and Development


Study Electronic Engineering in any of these qualifications

Year 1

Students must take the following papers:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGEN103Engineering Computing18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as C# and Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers within the School of Engineering.
ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics18A (Hamilton)
Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering18B (Hamilton)
Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society18B (Hamilton)
Introduction to the role of engineering in society in particular understanding of Treaty of Waitangi, history of science, engineering and technology, philosophy and ethics and public participation, participatory design, sustainability.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering18A (Hamilton)
Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A study of introductory statistics and the fundamental techniques of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as basic statistical notions and tools, with engineering applications.
ENGEN184Calculus for Engineers18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.

Plus 15 points of electives from: Chosen from any 100 level CHEMY paper, BIOEB101, BIOMO101, COMPX102, ECONS102, ENGEN110 or PHYSC101.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOEB101Concepts of Biology18A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.
BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.
COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming18B (Hamilton), 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 18S (Hamilton)
This paper continues from COMPX101, expanding upon data organisation and algorithms, and introducing code contracts, computer architecture, Boolean algebra, assembly language, program analysis and object-oriented programming.
ECONS102Economics and Society18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces selected economic models, with a focus on developing and applying critical thinking skills to a range of business and social issues and to economic policies.
ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.
PHYSC101Physics for Engineers and Scientists18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
This is a lecture and laboratory course covering fundamental physics concepts relevant to engineers and scientists. Topics covered include vectors, kinematics, force, work, energy, collisions, rotation, equilibrium, oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light.

Year 2

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX203Computer Systems18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an overview of the operation of computer systems. The central theme is the way in which the hardware and software co-operate to allow the execution of programs written in a high-level language.
ENGEE211Electromagnetics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.
ENGEE231Circuit Theory18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers theory, analysis and frequency response of electrical circuits involving passive elements, complex impedance, complex gain, and feedback.
ENGEE232Analog Electronics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the characteristics of diodes and BJTs, CE, CC, CB, Darlington and cascode configurations, push-pull amplifiers and operating class, power supply and oscillator circuits. To an assumed understanding of feedback, operational amplification, and complex impedance, the ideas of dynamic resistance and small-signal anal...
ENGEE233Digital Systems18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an introduction to digital electronics and microprocessors. It covers combinatorial and sequential logic, hardware description languages, and processor architecture and construction.
ENGEE280Electronics Design18B (Hamilton)
This course is an introduction to the design process in electronic engineering. The use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) as a tool is reinforced using practical exercises.
ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 218B (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to partial differential equations. Fourier series.
ENGEN270Engineering Professional Practice 118A (Hamilton)
Preparation for success in the engineering workplace including CV preparation, interview techniques, job seeking skills, online profile, workplace and engineering business cultures and norms, ethics, communication and management structures.
ENGEN271Industry Placement 118C (Hamilton)
First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.

Year 3

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENEL312Electromagnetic Waves18A (Hamilton)
This paper discusses electromagnetic wave phenomena using classical electromagnetic theory which is applied to a range of engineering applications like transmission lines, waveguides, antennas, electromagnetic interference, and microwave circuits.
ENEL317Microprocessor Applications and Control18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to mechatronics. Topics covered include sensors, transducers, a/d and d/a converters, signal conditioning, systems theory and control theory. This paper includes a compulsory laboratory component in which a microprocessor is interfaced to real-world devices.
ENEL321Application Specific Integrated Circuits18B (Hamilton)
The design and construction of integrated circuits including silicon and compound semiconductor IC fabrication, design hierarchy, circuit layout, operating reliability and failure, verification and test. Circuits that can only be fabricated in a monolithic environment are studied and built.
ENEL324Optoelectronics18A (Hamilton)
This paper discusses the principles of modern optoelectronic components and systems in particular, lasers, semiconductor devices, electro-optic devices and optical fibres. Theoretical as well as practical aspects will be covered.
ENEL382High Speed Communications18B (Hamilton)
This lecture and laboratory paper presents an introduction to communications theory and its application to wireless and fibre-optic communication systems.
ENGG372Engineering Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
The second Work Placement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
ENGG379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
Guided reflection on professional work placements in engineering.

Year 4

Students must take the following papers:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGG381Engineering Statistics18A (Hamilton)
Aimed specifically at Engineering students, this paper covers statistical models, experimentation for quality design and control, process measurement and improvement, statistical process control and capability, and reliability.
ENGG492Honours Research and Management Project18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
An engineering research and development project, including design philosophy, market requirements, specifications, design and analysis, component and materials selection, prototype development, documentation, quality and failure analysis, standards and codes, IP protection, and project planning and management.

Plus 40 points of electives from:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENEL301Special Topics in Electronics18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical, literature, or experimental investigation of an electronics topic, supervised by a member of staff. Progress and assessment are negotiated between student and supervisor, and typically take the form of a paper manuscript or report.
ENEL417Mechatronics18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers embedded micro-programming, feedback control, interface to electro-mechanical systems involving gears, motors, belt drives, actuators, and sensors: the enabling technologies of robotics. A series of projects require students to integrate software, control, mechanical and electromotive skills to achieve practical g...
ENEL423Electro-optical Instrumentation18B (Hamilton)
Theoretical and practical aspects of advanced electro-optical instrumentation will be discussed and applied in practical sessions. Topics include telemeters, interferometers for velocity or vibration detection, optical gyroscopes, optical fibre sensors, and others.
ENEL485Power Electronics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the theory and practice of power converters, power management, protection and variable speed drives.
ENGG401Control Theory and Image Processing18A (Hamilton)
This paper deals with PID feedback control of linear systems using classical as well as state space methods. It also deals with signal processing with special attention to image processing. It is highly computer and project based.

Work placements are a major feature of the Electronic Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience.  They are the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 350 students placed in industry every year.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00

Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are enrolled full-time at any level (and including) first and honours year of relevant degree and are undertaking study in the fields of science, economics, or engineering and related fields with specific interests in energy matters. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-31 23:59:00

Engineering Admission Fees Scholarship

For students who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Engineering(Honours) degree in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Waikato and are currently completing the final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000

Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00

School of Engineering Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to study part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Engineering in either a masters degree 90 or 120 point thesis or the first year of a PhD degree.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00


Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254