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
Study in Tauranga
From 2019, years 1 and 4 of the BE(Hons) in Electronic Engineering are available in Tauranga. You'll still need to complete years 2 and 3 in Hamilton.
Available Electrical and Electronic Engineering papers
Students must complete the following papers: ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN170, ENGEN180, and COMPX102
Students must complete the following papers: ENGEN201, ENGEN270, ENGEE211, ENGEE231, ENGEE233, ENGEE281, COMPX201, and COMPX203.
Students must also complete ENGEN271. If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).
Students must complete the following papers: ENGEN301, ENGEN370, ENGEE331, ENGEE332, ENGEE319, ENGEE358, COMPX310, and COMPX349.
Students must also complete ENGEN371. If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).
Students must complete the following papers: ENGEN570, and ENGEN582.
Plus 30 points from: ENGEE505, ENGEE531, ENGEE534, ENGEE581, or ENGEE585. Plus 15 points from: COMPX518, COMPX521, COMPX523, COMPX527, or COMPX550.
Plus another 15 points from these two sets of papers, or ENGEE532 or ENGME580.
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX102||Object-Oriented Programming||20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Mathematics 1A||20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)|
|A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.|
|ENGEN102||Engineering Mathematics 1B||20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20C (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||20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20G (Hamilton)|
|This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.|
|ENGEN111||Electricity and Electronics||20A (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (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||20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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||20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)|
|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.|
|ENGEN180||Foundations of Engineering||20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX201||Data Structures and Algorithms||20A (Hamilton), 20G (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)|
|This paper introduces programming with data structures using Java. Students learn how to program in Java and become familiar with the design, analysis, and application of commonly used data structures, including stacks, queues, lists, trees, and sets.|
|COMPX203||Computer Systems||20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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.|
|This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.|
|ENGEE231||Circuit Theory||20B (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||20A (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||20B (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 Mathematics 2||20B (Hamilton)|
|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||20A (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||20X (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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX310||Machine Learning||20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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.|
|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.|
|ENGEN301||Engineering Mathematics 3||20A (Hamilton)|
|Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.|
|ENGEN371||Engineering Work Placement 2||20X (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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX518||Cyber Security||20A (Hamilton)|
|This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover a range of topics relating to defensive security (e.g. malware analysis, social engineering, intrusion detection and prevention), offensive security (e.g. pen testing, Web app security) and preventative security (e.g. cryptography, applied ...|
|COMPX521||Advanced Machine Learning||20A (Hamilton)|
|This paper exposes students to more advanced topics in machine learning. Rule induction, numeric prediction, clustering and state-of-the-art ensemble learning methods are among the topics covered.|
|COMPX523||Data Stream Mining||20A (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.|
|COMPX527||Cloud Computing Technologies and Security||20B (Hamilton)|
|This paper explores cloud computing's underlying enabling technologies (e.g. virtualisation) and business models. It also covers key research topics in cloud computing security, trust and data privacy.|
|ENGEE531||Advanced Signal Processing||20A (Hamilton)|
|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||20B (Hamilton)|
|This paper is an introduction to image processing and machine vision in the context of machine automation and control and includes noise suppression, object recognition and tracking, and camera technologies and geometries.|
|ENGEE580||Mechatronic Projects||20A (Hamilton)|
|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 pr...|
|ENGEN570||Engineering and the Profession||20D (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||20D (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)|
|This is the final year Honours, research and design "capstone" project.|
Scholarships and Prizes
Selected scholarships for Electrical and Electronic Engineering students.
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
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 $3,000.
For students who are enrolled full-time at any level including) first and honours year of relevant degree and are undertaking study in the fields of science, engineering, economics, or related fields with specific interests in energy matters in New Zealand. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000.
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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 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.