Materials and Process Engineering

This discipline combines chemical, mechanical and materials engineering to produce professional engineers with a wide range of skills for the processing and manufacturing industries.

Career Opportunities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Composite Engineer  
  • Manager  
  • Materials Scientist  
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Developer  

Potential Employers

  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Environmental Industries
  • Food and Dairy Industries
  • Iron and Steel Manufacturing
  • Petrochemical and Plastics Industry
  • Pulp, Paper and Wood Industries

Processing our raw materials and commodity goods more effectively is important to New Zealand’s continuing economic welfare. We need to develop products that have significant value in world markets, and therefore must understand fully the properties of materials as diverse as food, wood, metals, plastics and fuel. We then need to know how to use this knowledge to design, manufacture and process these materials into high-value products such as dietary formulae, ceramics that can withstand high temperatures, titanium alloys, pharmaceuticals, laminated boards and functional proteins. It is also important to understand the properties of these high-value products and how they will interact with their environment, whether it be within the body or in the atmosphere.

This discipline serves industrial and other activities where material is undergoing a change, be it chemical, biochemical or physical. Process engineering involves knowing how to prepare feed materials, how to make reactions occur, separating and purifying products, controlling wastes, minimising energy usage, and ultimately adding value to the raw materials used to produce something useful to people. These skills form the basis for the majority of New Zealand’s export earnings.

This programme contains two overlapping engineering disciplines. Materials engineers make critical decisions in selecting the best materials for a particular function; process engineers make critical decisions in the processes and utilities required to manufacture the product. Examples include converting trees into paper and fibre board and iron sand into steel.

School subjects

You must gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in calculus, and at least 14 credits in Physics at Level 3. Some first-year papers have specific prerequisites so check the paper list carefully.

Planning Your Degree

All of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)) specified programmes have full IPENZ accreditation, making them both nationally and internationally recognised qualifications.

Below is a list of a standard papers taken in each year under this subject. Please note, this is indicative only and may differ depending on each student's individual situation.

Core Papers

Papers are worth 15 points.
  • CHEM111 – Structure and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM112 – Chemical Reactivity
  • ENGG180 – Foundations of Engineering
  • ENGG182 – Introduction to Computer Science for Engineers
  • ENMP102 – Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
  • MATH101 – Introduction to Calculus
  • MATH102 – Introduction to Algebra
  • PHYS103 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1

Core Papers

Papers are worth 20 points unless specified.
  • ENGG279 – Preparation for the Professional Work Place (0 points)
  • ENGG282 – Engineering Design (10 points)
  • ENGG283 – Linear Algebra for Engineers (10 points)
  • ENGG284 – Differential Equations for Engineers (10 points)
  • ENMP211 – Materials 1
  • ENMP213 – Mechanics of Materials 1
  • ENMP221 – Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ENMP223 – Thermofluids
  • ENMP282 – Science and Engineering Management A (10 points)
  • ENGG371 – Engineering Work Placement 1 (0 points)

Core Papers

Papers are worth 20 points unless specified.
  • ENGG285 – Multivariable Calculus for Engineers (10 points)
  • ENGG287 – Engineering Applications (10 points)
  • ENGG372 – Engineering Work Placement 2 (0 points)
  • ENGG379 – Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience (0 points)
  • ENMP214 – Manufacturing Processes (10 points)
  • ENMP215 – Manufacturing Technology (10 points)
  • ENMP311 – Materials 2
  • ENMP313 – Mechanics of Materials 2
  • ENMP321 – Process Engineering and Design
  • ENMP323 – Transport Processes and Unit Operations

Core Papers

Papers are worth 20 points unless specified.
  • ENGG381 – Engineering Statistics
  • ENGG492 – Honours Research and Management Project (60 points)
  • ENMP411 – Advanced Materials Engineering (10 points)
  • ENMP422 – Advanced Process Simulation and Control

Plus choose a further 10 points from papers at 200 level or above.