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Qualification Title National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Advanced Trade) (Level 5) with strands in Electrotechnology Specialisation, Electrical Installation, and Industrial Electrical Engineering
Qualification Type National Diploma
Level 5
Credits 130
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology » Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Technology » Electrical Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
This vocational qualification is for qualified electricians who wish to develop their electrical, business, and overall leadership knowledge and skills and gain a qualification at an advanced trade level that builds on the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Advanced Trade) (Level 5) with strands in Electrotechnology Specialisation, Electrical Installation, and Industrial Electrical Engineering [Ref: 0951]. This qualification provides further applied development of management and project management skills along with specific industry skills, including the final phase of the electrical inspector training which is contained in the elective section.

The qualification prepares trainees for a wide range of roles in the electrotechnology, electrical contracting, or industrial electrical engineering sectors at management level, and comprises three sections. The first section is compulsory and covers advanced electrical theory and trade practice. The second is an elective section which allows for a wide choice of applied study in the area of electrical engineering, business, and management. The third section comprising three strands which allows choice of standards to reflect the varied environments in which electricians are employed. At least one of these strands must be completed for award of the qualification.

Typically, the qualification will be gained during the course of a three to four-year training part-time programme. Holders of this qualification have a range of knowledge and skills assessed both off-job (during courses conducted by training providers with consent to assess) and applied on-job (in the workplace).

The qualification is available in three strands reflecting the major sectors of work within the industry as follows:
. Electrotechnology Specialisation - a choice of broader electrotechnology subjects, at a more academic level for people who are involved in electrotechnology design, or to allow trainees to specialise in their chosen field of expertise not specifically covered by the elective section or the other strands.
. Electrical Installation - customer energy solution, electrical switchgear and switchboards, electrical installation practice, standby power plant, lighting installations, and building management systems; and
. Industrial Electrical Engineering - industrial measurement and control, programmable logic controllers, commissioning and handover of electrical engineering projects, electrical machine safety systems, and commission and re-commissioning of plant.

The compulsory section of the qualification covers knowledge and skills relating to:
. project planning and management and quotation preparation;
. CAD tools;
. financial management for a small business;
. electrical circuit protection;
. non-electrical legislation;
. the inspection and certification of electrical installations;
. energy efficiency and related emerging technology; and
. hazard identification.

The elective section includes:
. planning and allocation of work;
. procurement of supplies;
. budgeting;
. designing trainee assessment and assessing trainees;
. advanced electrical testing and measurement;
. energy audits;
. development and implementation of maintenance plans;
. electrical inspection;
. maintenance planning; and
. project estimates.

As this qualification shares credit with the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Advanced Trade) (Level 5) with strands in Electrotechnology Specialisation, Electrical Installation, and Industrial Electrical Engineering [Ref: 0951], trainees may apply for that certificate once they have completed the relevant standards.

The qualification has some credits in common with, and can lead to, the National Diploma in Engineering (Electrotechnology) (Level 6) [Ref: 1313].
Entry Requirements Not available
Developed By Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 1514
Status Discontinued
Created October 2009
Last Reviewed November 2014
Last Date For Entry December 2017
Discontinued December 2021

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