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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.

Coming to the Bay of Plenty: From 2019, years 1 and 4 of the Electronic Engineering programme will be available to BE(Hons) students in Tauranga.

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.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton

Study Electronic Engineering in these qualifications

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Career opportunities

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

Year 1

Students must take the following papers: ENGEN103, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN170, ENGEN180, ENGEN183 and ENGEN184.

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

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: COMPX203, ENGEE211, ENGEE231, ENGEE232, ENGEE233, ENGEE280, ENGEN201, ENGEN270 and ENGEN271.

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: ENGEE331, ENGEN301, ENGEN371, ENGEV342 and ENGME352.

Plus 60 points of electives. Choose 30 points from: ENGEE334, ENGEE335, ENGME353, ENGME357 and 30 points from: ENGEE311, ENGEE323, ENGEE336.

Year 4

Students must take the following papers: ENGEN570 and ENGEN582.

Plus 60 points of electives from: Any Electronic Engineering 300 Level paper, Any Mechanical Engineering 300 Level paper, ENGEE517, ENGEE531, ENGEE532, ENGEE580, ENGEN585, ENGME518.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOEB101Concepts of Biology19A (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 Biology19B (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.
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 19C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Secondary School - Unistart)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming19B (Hamilton), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (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 Society19B (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.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19T (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.
ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.
ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19T (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 Engineering19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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 Society19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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.
ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
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 Engineers19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton) & 19S (Tauranga)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX203Computer Systems19A (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.
ENGEE211Electromagnetics19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.
ENGEE231Circuit Theory19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers theory, analysis and frequency response of electrical circuits involving passive elements, complex impedance, complex gain, and feedback.
ENGEE232Analog Electronics19B (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 Systems19A (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 Design19B (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 219B (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 119A (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.
ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 119C (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19T (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX304Advanced Networking and Cyber Security19B (Hamilton)
A study of computer networks with a focus on Internet protocols and security. The aim of this paper is to develop a practical understanding of the operation and programming of core internet protocols, application protocols, and transmission technologies.
ENGEE323Sensors and Measurement19B (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.
ENGEE331Signals19B (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 & Antennas19A (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.
ENGEE335Integrated Circuits19B (Hamilton)
The paper covers techniques for fabricating ICs, CMOS devices, logic gate characteristics and design, monolithic topologies such as differential pairs, multipliers, current mirrors, bandgap references, opamps, device failure mechanisms, ESD, electromigration, and estimating circuit reliability.
ENGEE336Power Electronics19B (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 319A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 219C (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.
ENGEV342Sustainable Engineering19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
ENGME352Machine Control and Applications19A (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students the theory and application of machine control.
ENGME357Microcontrollers and Mechatronics19B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students the basics of mechatronics with advanced theory of machine control.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGEE504Analog Filter Design19B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the design of electronic filters to process analog signals.
ENGEE505Rechargeable Batteries and their Management19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers engineering characteristics of rechargeable battery chemistries including lead-acid, nickel-based, and Li-based. Specifications such as charge control, state of charge, state of health and SMBus will be covered.
ENGEE506Electronics Systems Analysis19A (Hamilton)
This paper uses the approach of problem based learning for the analysis of common electronics circuits and their applications.
ENGEE516Surge Protection of Electronic Systems19B (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 Processing19A (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 Vision19B (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 Projects19A (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...
ENGEE585Advanced Power Electronics19B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an advanced systems-level teaching on the subject of power electronics. Subjects include power semiconductors, power converters, energy storage devices, DC power management, AC power conditioning and surge protection.
ENGEE591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENGEE592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENGEE593Electronics Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENGEE594Electronics Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENGEE595Electronics Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENGEN581Honours Research Project19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
Final year honours research project carried out on a topic assigned and supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN582Honours Research and Development Project19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
This is the final year Honours, research and design "capstone" project.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGEE800Electronics MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGEE900Electronics PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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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 Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000.

Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship  Closed

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.

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards  Closed

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.

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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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