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.
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.
Study Electronic Engineering in these qualifications
Study Electronic Engineering as a specialisation of
- 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.
Available Electronic Engineering papers
Students must take the following papers: COMPX102, ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.
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).
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).
Students must take the following papers: ENGEN570 and ENGEN582.
Plus 60 points of electives from: ENGME353, ENGME357, ENGEE531, ENGEE532, ENGEE580 or ENGEN583.
|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.|
|ENGEN272||Engineering Work Placement 1||20X (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||Occurrence / Location|
|ENGEE323||Sensors and the Internet of Things||20B (Hamilton)|
|The paper covers the theory and applications of semiconductor sensors and the basic theory and design concepts used in common electronic measurement systems used by electronic engineers.|
|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.|
|ENGEE334||Transmission Lines & Antennae||20A (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.|
|ENGEE336||Power Electronics||20B (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.|
|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.|
|ENGEN372||Engineering Work Placement 2||20X (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.|
|ENGME352||Control and Applications||20A (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.|
|ENGME353||Mechanical and Electrical Machines||20A (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...|
|ENGME357||Mechatronics Design||20B (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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|ENGEE504||Analog Filter Design||20B (Hamilton)|
|This paper introduces students to the design of electronic filters to process analog signals.|
|ENGEE506||Electronics Systems Analysis||20A (Hamilton)|
|This paper uses the approach of problem based learning for the analysis of common electronics circuits and their applications.|
|ENGEE516||Surge Protection of Electronic Systems||20B (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.|
|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.|
|ENGEN583||Special Topics in Engineering 3||20X (Hamilton)|
|An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.|
Scholarships and Prizes
Selected scholarships for 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 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.