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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.

Please note

There will be no new enrolments in the Electronic Engineering programme in 2020. Students who commenced Electronic Engineering in 2019 or prior should consult the School of Engineering for advice. Please refer to the new Electrical and Electronic Engineering subject for further information.

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.

Facilities

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.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

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

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.


Year 1

Students must take the following papers: COMPX102, ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: COMPX201, COMPX203, ENGEE211, ENGEE231, ENGEE233, ENGEE280, ENGEN201, ENGEN270 and ENGEN271.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: ENGEE323, ENGEE331, ENGEE334, ENGEE335, ENGEE336, ENGEN301, ENGEN370, ENGEN371 and ENGME352.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).

Year 4

Students must take the following papers: ENGEN570 and ENGEN582.

Plus 60 points of electives from: COMPX361, COMPX310, COMPX324, COMPX301, COMPX502, COMPX521, COMPX523, COMPX529, ENGME353, ENGME357, ENGEE531, ENGEE532, ENGEE580 or ENGEN583.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21C (Waikato Pathways College), 21H (Hamilton) & 21X (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.
ENGEN101Engineering Mathematics 1A15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
ENGEN102Engineering Mathematics 1B15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21G (Hamilton)
A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21G (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
ENGEN111Electricity for Engineers15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21X (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 Engineering15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (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...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (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.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX201Data Structures and Algorithms15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21G (Hamilton) & 21X (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.
COMPX203Computer Systems15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (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.
ENGEE211Electromagnetics and Machines15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.
ENGEE231Electrical Circuits15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper covers theory, analysis and frequency response of electrical circuits involving passive elements, complex impedance, complex gain, and feedback.
ENGEE233Digital Electronics and Microprocessors15.021A (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.
ENGEE281Design of Smart Systems15.021B (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.
ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 215.021A (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.
ENGEN270Engineering and Business15.021B (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...
ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 10.021X (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.
ENGEN272Engineering Work Placement 130.021X (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX301Design and Analysis of Algorithms15.021A (Hamilton)
This course gives a survey of advanced algorithms and analysis of their performance, along with heuristic methods that include basic Artificial Intelligence techniques.
COMPX310Machine Learning15.021B (Hamilton)
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.
COMPX324User Experience Design15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
An introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) where students develop skills and techniques for the design and evaluation of modern computer interfaces.
ENGEE331Signals15.021B (Hamilton)
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.
ENGEE334Transmission Lines & Antennae15.021A (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.
ENGEE336Power Electronics15.021B (Hamilton)
Paper covers theory, design, applications and the systems approach in power electronics. Subjects include power semiconductors, power converters, energy storge devices, DC power management, AC power conditioning and surge protection.
ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 315.021A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN370Engineering and the Environment15.021A (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.
ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 20.021X (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.
ENGEN372Engineering Work Placement 230.021X (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.
ENGME352Control and Applications15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students the theory and application of control in mechanical and electrical systems. This paper covers the introduction of s-domain and plane, open and closed-loop control, PID control, digital control, root locus and frequency response analysis.
ENGME353Mechanical and Electrical Machines15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper builds on the fundamentals taught in ENGEN110, ENGEN111 and ENGEN180; it covers application of electromechanical machine characteristics in drive design, selecting suitable power sources and matching transmission components. Problem-based learning is used in conjunction with experimentation to compare theory to real mach...
ENGME357Mechatronics Design15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students the basics of mechatronics with advanced theory of control and analysis. This paper covers theory of microcontrollers, state space, basic programming for obstacle avoidance, path planning and navigation of mobile robots.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography15.021A (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX521Advanced Machine Learning15.021A (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.
COMPX523Data Stream Mining15.021A (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.
COMPX529Engineering Self-Adaptive Systems15.021B (Hamilton)
Software needs to manage itself to fullfill dynamic requirements in a changing environment. Self-adaptive software is currently employed in clouds, networks, IoT, autonomous robots, etc. Adaptation challenges include self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing and self protection.
ENGEE504Analog Filter Design15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the design of electronic filters to process analog signals.
ENGEE506Electronics Systems Analysis30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper uses the approach of problem based learning for the analysis of common electronics circuits and their applications.
ENGEE516Surge Protection of Electronic Systems15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the essential principles related to surge protection of electronic systems powered by the commercial AC power utility and the systems interconnected via data or telecommunication interfaces.
ENGEE531Advanced Signal Processing15.021A (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.
ENGEE532Image Processing and Machine Vision15.021B (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.
ENGEE580Mechatronic Projects15.021A (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...
ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession15.021D (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.
ENGEN582Honours Research and Development Project45.021D (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
This is the final year Honours, research and design "capstone" project.
ENGEN583Special Topics in Engineering 315.021X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering  Closed

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the School of Science or the School of Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $3,000.

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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.


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Phone: +64 7 838 4322
Email: [email protected]
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