Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 3 Engineering

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr C. Burr.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry, however a Level 2 Technology subject is recommended.

Level 3 Engineering enables students to tailor a course of between 18 and 22 credits that aligns with their future career aspirations. Students are able to select from a range of Standards that will result in a program that will focus on either:

  • University Entrance approved subject course 
  • Unit Standards that align with a vocation of interest. (negotiated with individual students)

Being able to negotiate a course that meets either tertiary or traditional vocational pathways makes this course attractive to a wide range of students.  Many students are also able to successfully access UE literacy credits in a subject of interest.

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical work in which the students are encouraged to develop and manufacture a product of interest. The focus of the course incorporates Achievement Standards that require the use of CNC routers. laser cutting and 3D printing, as well as the use of traditional machines and equipment.

This subject should assist students in gaining a sound knowledge base and in making informed choices about further educational and career options in a wide range of engineering and design related fields.

A UE literacy standard is available in this course.

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 3 Materials Technology - Extension

Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Fabrication Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Telecommunications Engineer, Electrical Engineering Technician, Lift Technician, Engineering Machinist, Environmental Engineer, Marine Engineer, Train Driver, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Plastics Technician

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Costs will vary according to each student due to their choice of project. A base fee of $120.00 will be charged and additional costs will be calculated on an individual basis. Payment for take home materials used in this course is required before major projects can be started.