Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Structures)

Structural engineers are responsible for the design and build of a diverse range of projects. It is their vital work that ensures the safety of people who use everyday infrastructures.

What you will learn

  • Explore theories and conceptual design of different structures
  • Develop a strong understanding of New Zealand codes
  • Investigate the behaviour of structural systems and elements
  • Design structures using timber, masonry, steel, and concrete
  • Articulate understanding of real-world open-ended design issues
  • Complete an industry research project

Growing demand

The demand for skills in this area has grown as there has been increased local and global emphasis on improving standards and strengthening existing structures.  

Industry aligned

This graduate diploma has been developed by WelTec in partnership with industry, for degree qualified engineers to learn specialised structural engineering skills.


Career options

Students may undertake roles such as design engineering or project management. There is a real need for skilled and experienced graduates with structural qualifications. there are a large number of projects being undertaken to ensure buildings and other infrastructure meet the new earthquake standards. 

  • Design Engineer
  • Project Manager

Upcoming start dates

  • 17 July 2017

For open days, enrolment deadlines and other important dates check our calendar.

Entry criteria

Under 20

  • A bachelors degree in a civil or mechanical engineering discipline
  • Or equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind


  • A bachelors degree in civil or mechanical engineering discipline
  • Or equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind

International students – minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with writing and speaking score no less than 6 and reading and listening no less than 6, or equivalent.

What it will cost


This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details


  • Fee: $17,500

    This fee is in New Zealand dollars.

    This is an annual fee, which is reviewed each year. For part-time fees, contact a Student Advisor. 

Where will my course be?

The Petone campus is at 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone.

Read more about our Petone campus.

Ready to enrol?


Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.


To enrol as a international student you will need to download and complete our international enrolment form.

Once completed, you may submit the form and accompanying documentation directly to WelTec International, or go through one of our registered recruitment agents.

Offered by:
School of Engineering
Offered by:
Te Kāhui Pūkenga o ngā Pūkaha
Formal programme title:
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Structures) Level 7
Programme code: