Civil Engineering technicians are well paid. You can earn $31,000 - $55,000/year in your first job (data from career.govt.nz(external link)) and once you have four years of experience you can usually earn $60,000-$100,000.
The civil engineering construction sector in Nelson/Tasman is set to become very busy in 2017. Use site visits to learn from this vibrant sector and secure yourself a local job while you study or when you graduate.
Your NMIT tutors have many years of work experience to draw from in their teaching.
The course is applied with lots of real world examples and hands on activities. However, you are going to need to use your brain as well.
Experience the "work for a week in industry" where in your first year you work for a week at a local civil engineering company.
Engage with your local civil engineering industry: Visit local construction sites, hear presentations from local engineers and do some of your practicals in a registered geotechnical engineering lab to enhance your learning. (There were more than 15 events in 2016.)
Become an Institute Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) student member and even a committee member of New Engineers of Nelson (NEON). Attend or even arrange site visits/events for your fellow students. Attend the local branch meetings of IPENZ Nelson/Marlborough and get to network with local engineers while you learn by seeing. You could win the the IPENZ Engenerate - NEON speech competition.
Part time study options are available. Study 2 courses each semester instead of 4 while you work in the industry. Complete your study in 4 years without having a huge study loan to pay back.
Your class size means you will have personal interaction and support from your tutors.