Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The world as we know it is continuously and rapidly evolving, with electrical and electronic engineers at the forefront of all practical technology that we require in order to solve society's needs for communication, clean energy, industry and climate change.
The Electrical and Electronic Engineering subject at Waikato is a uniquely future-focused integration of computer science involving software programming, data management, artificial intelligence and cyber-security with core electrical and electronic principles in modern power systems, electronic design, embedded systems and communication.
As a graduate specialising in Electrical and Electronic Engineering you will be ready to contribute to the electricity industry evolution from legacy generation and distribution models into an immediate future of distributed generation and storage, smart grids and new generation paradigms around renewable resources. These trends impact not just the traditional electricity industry itself, but also generate new opportunities and requirements within agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transport electrification and automation and smart building management.
Work placements completed as part of this programme provides opportunity for practical experience and robust engineering and design skill development in relevant industries.
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 all existing Engineering programmes are fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ); meaning your degree is internationally recognised under Washington Accord and you can work just about anywhere in the world. Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme accreditation will occur after the first degree completion in 2022.
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 Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate you could work in a range of exciting fields including aerospace, transport electrification and automation, smart building management, livestock management, renewable energy (wind, solar, geo), electronic mapping, data communications, satellite systems, vehicle companies, hospitals, and the military.
Study Electrical and Electronic Engineering in these qualifications
Study Electrical and Electronic Engineering as a specialisation of
- Computer Systems Engineer
- Control Systems Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Instrumentation Engineer
- Network Engineer
- Power Systems Engineer
- Systems Developer
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Available Electrical and Electronic Engineering papers
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX102||Object-Oriented Programming||15.0||22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online), 22B (Tauranga), 22H (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)|
|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.|
|ENGEN101||Engineering Maths and Modelling 1A||15.0||22A (Hamilton), 22A (Secondary School - Unistart), 22A (Tauranga) & 22B (Hamilton)|
|A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.|
|ENGEN102||Engineering Maths and Modelling 1B||15.0||22B (Hamilton), 22B (Secondary School - Unistart), 22B (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)|
|A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.|
|ENGEN103||Engineering Computing||15.0||22A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)|
|This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as the MATLAB language. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.|
|ENGEN111||Electricity for Engineers||15.0||22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22X (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.|
|ENGEN112||Materials Science and Engineering||15.0||22A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)|
|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...|
|ENGEN170||Engineering and Society||15.0||22A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)|
|Introduction to the role of engineering in society with a focus on sustainable development, data analysis, holistic systems thinking, and the future of work within a global and New Zealand context including an introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi.|
|ENGEN180||Foundations of Engineering||15.0||22B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)|
|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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX203||Computer Systems||15.0||22A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)|
|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.|
|COMPX204||Practical Networking and Cyber Security||15.0||22B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)|
|This paper provides an overview of the technologies and protocols involved in computer communications and cyber security. Practical work includes network programming.|
|ENGEE211||Electromagnetics and Machines||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.|
|ENGEE231||Electrical Circuits||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers theory, analysis and frequency response of electrical circuits involving passive elements, complex impedance, complex gain, and feedback.|
|ENGEE233||Digital Electronics and Microprocessors||15.0||22A (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.|
|ENGEE281||Design of Smart Systems||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|The paper will involve a number of design case studies and design project, involving smart homes and buildings, smart manufacturing and agriculture, smart grids, and smart transportation.|
|ENGEN201||Engineering Maths and Modelling 2||15.0||22A (Hamilton) & 22H (Online)|
|Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.|
|ENGEN270||Engineering and Business||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|This paper focuses on empowering students to become “business savvy” and prepared to enter the workplace and solve real-world problems. Topics covered include; team formation, design thinking, Lean Canvas, project management, Agile, risk management, project finance, professional ethics, preparing for the workplace, and business...|
|ENGEN271||Engineering Work Placement 1||0.0||22X (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.|
|ENGEN272||Engineering Work Placement 1||30.0||22X (Hamilton)|
|First work placement for the DipEPP 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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX310||Machine Learning||15.0||22B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)|
|This paper introduces Machine Learning (ML) which is the science of making predictions. ML algorithms strive to be fast and highly accurate, while processing large datasets. This paper will use standard Python-based ML toolkits to teach the fundamentals of ML.|
|COMPX349||Embedded Systems||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|This course covers the principles and design of embedded systems, including micro-controllers, embedded system architecture, real-time programming and operating systems, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays.|
|ENGEE319||Smart Grids and the Internet of Things||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|This paper is concerned with the application of sensors and IoT to modern smart grid electrical power systems including; sensor interfacing, data processing, power flow control and network stability.|
|This paper covers communications signalling and modulation, and signals fundamentals. Wired and wireless, baseband and passband, the Fourier representation of signals, bandwidth, and transmit filtering, are taught.|
|ENGEE332||Analogue Electronics||15.0||22A (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 concepts of dynamic resistance and small-signal a...|
|ENGEE358||Control Theory and Applications||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|This paper teaches control theory and its applications in electrical and mechatronics engineering. The theory convers behaviour of linear time-invariant systems in time and frequency domain as well as the impact of feedback on the system behaviours.|
|ENGEN301||Engineering Maths and Modelling 3||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.|
|ENGEN370||Engineering and the Environment||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers sustainability in engineering design and renewable energy generation through the critical lens of environmental impact assessment, risk and resilience, sustainable infrastructure and development, material and energy flow analysis, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.|
|ENGEN371||Engineering Work Placement 2||0.0||22X (Hamilton)|
|Second 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 third year.|
|ENGEN372||Engineering Work Placement 2||30.0||22X (Hamilton)|
|Second work placement for the DipEPP 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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX518||Cyber Security||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover various aspects of defensive, offensive and preventative security. Selective topics from a wide range, such as security vulnerabilities, secure software, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptography, applied cryptography, authentication...|
|COMPX523||Data Stream Mining||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|Data streams are everywhere, from F1 racing over electricity networks to news feeds. Data stream mining relies on and develops new incremental algorithms that process streams under strict resource limitations.|
|COMPX525||Deep Learning||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|This paper provides an introduction into Deep Learning, focussing on both algorithms and applications. It covers both the basics of Neural networks and current mainstream and advanced Deep Learning technology.|
|COMPX527||Secure Cloud Application Engineering||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|Software Engineering on the Cloud is extremely prevalent nowadays. In this paper, you will learn how to design, develop and test cloud-native applications with a special focus on satisfying requirements.|
|COMPX529||Engineering Self-Adaptive Systems||15.0||22A (Online)|
|Software-intensive systems need to manage themselves to fulfill dynamic requirements in a changing environment. Self-adaptation is employed in clouds/datacenters, digital twins, networks, IoT, autonomous robots, etc. Adaptation challenges include self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing and self-protection.|
|ENGEE505||Topics in Renewable Energy||15.0||No occurrences|
|The paper will introduce and explore one or more advanced topics in Renewable Energy systems.|
|ENGEE510||Sustainable Energy and Power Systems||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|This course provides an in-depth understanding of modern power systems, their operation and control, and particularly the issues related to the integration of distributed sustainable/renewable generation into the network.|
|ENGEE523||Sensors, Instrumentation and Measurement||15.0||22A (Hamilton)|
|An overview of instruments used by engineers, including sensor fundamentals and measurement uncertainties for discussions leading to measurement system development with technical procedures (characterisation, calibration, accreditation, documentary standards and accreditation).|
|ENGEE531||Advanced Signal Processing||15.0||No occurrences|
|This paper introduces advanced methods for digitally processing signals. It covers signal transforms with applications in 1D and 2D, principles and practical methods of digital filter design, statistical signal processing.|
|ENGEE532||Image Processing and Machine Vision||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|This paper is an introduction to image processing and machine vision in the engineering context. Students will learn to develop image processing algorithms from theory through to software implementation.|
|ENGEE534||Transmission Lines and Antennas||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|The paper uses classical electromagnetic theory to describe the propagation of electromagnetic waves and to analyse applications like transmission lines, waveguides, antennas, and microwave circuits.|
|ENGEE536||Power Electronics||15.0||22B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers theory, design, applications and the systems approach in power electronics. Subjects include power semiconductors, power converters, energy storage devices, DC power management, AC power conditioning and surge protection.|
|ENGEE580||Mechatronic Projects||15.0||No occurrences|
|The paper brings together electronic, programming, and mechanical skills into projects where real-time systems are designed, constructed, and demonstrated. Timing of actuators and sensor inputs from fastest to slowest limits of a real-time controller imparts an appreciation of scheduling what is possible in any given mechatronic product.|
|ENGEN570||Engineering and the Profession||15.0||22D (Hamilton)|
|The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.|
|ENGEN582||Honours Research and Development Project||45.0||22X (Hamilton)|
|This paper provides the "capstone" project required to complete an accredited engineering degree. The paper builds on the knowledge and skills students have gained in the first three years of their professional engineering degree and reinforces the multidisciplinary aspect of engineering. Students will learn how to carry out a Res...|
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Entry into the BE(Hons) in the specified programme of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus. Applicants must also gain at least 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Physics.
All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and pathways are available
Scholarships and Prizes
Selected scholarships for Electrical and Electronic Engineering students.
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship Not currently accepting applications
For students who are enrolled full-time in their 3rd or 4th year (including honours year) in the field of science, engineering, economics, law or other related fields, with a specific interest in energy matters in New Zealand.
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Work placements are a major feature of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.
Our Work-Integrated Learning team actively seeks and oversees your work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and supporting you throughout your work experience.
By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take with you as you start your career.