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UC Engineering management programmes

08 November 2023

UC Engineering's postgraduate programmes develop engaged, professional managers who add value by applying their integrated technical and business knowledge. Whether you're interested in a postgraduate diploma or a Master of Engineering Management (MEM), check out our management programmes.

Study options

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) is designed for recent graduates who want to transition to management roles in technology-based organisations. The Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Management (PGDipEM) is designed as a pathway to the MEM. Both programmes offer a short time commitment, strong connections with industry, and flexibility.

Entry requirements and enrolment

The MEM is a restricted entry course and candidates must meet our entry criteria.

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Our Values

The Engineering Management values are the basis for how we learn and work, and help us succeed in achieving our aim. 

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Personal Growth

We extend our thinking and continually improve our knowledge, actions and behaviours to improve capability and performance.

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We are connected with industry and the broader engineering community.

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We foster meaningful connections with each other and across different disciplines to improve individual and team performance.

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People Focussed

We value different perspectives and create value for people.

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We apply business and technical knowledge.

What to expect from our teaching experience
  • Taught by engineering and business experts
  • Tight-knit community; small class sizes.
  • Seminars and mentoring opportunities to allow you to interact with industry
  • Flexibility
  • Industry project
Industry Collaboration

The Engineering Management programme's close work with industry allows students to apply the knowledge and skills obtained from their courses in a practical way.


MEM Project Sponsorship

An MEM Project Sponsorship package includes:

  • A postgraduate student completing their Master of Engineering Management studies.
  • The sponsor sets the goal and direction of the project to suit their business needs.
  • Up to 400 hours of student work.
  • Academic staff supervision as required.
  • Projects typically cover an area of investigation which is technically based, but will focus on an area of process or business management.
  • Typical projects include:
    • Concept, development, planning and implementation of new manufacturing processes, systems and plant.
    • Utilisation, efficiency, performance and optimisation reviews and action plans.
    • Development and application of management systems (quality, materials, work patterns, control).
    • New product/service analysis including domestic/international market assessment.
  • Confidentiality is designed into the programme and students and staff sign a nondisclosure agreement. Project outcomes will only be shared publically if and when the sponsor agrees.


Types of Projects

Typical projects can involve (but are not limited to):

  • Concept, development, planning and implementation of new manufacturing processes, systems and plant
  • Utilisation, efficiency, performance and optimisation reviews and action plans
  • Development and application of management systems (quality, materials, work patterns, control)
  • New product/service analysis including domestic/international market assessment

If in doubt about the suitability of a project, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Engineering Management Programmes.


Recent projects
  • ‘Business Case Analysis for Upgrading the Refrigerated Container Infrastructure at Lyttelton Port – Lyttelton Port Company
  • ‘Feasibility of Carbon Capture & Storage at the Kapuai Production Station’ – Todd Energy Ltd
  • ‘Analysis of Kaikoura Earthquake Infrastructure Recovery’ – Aurecon
  • ‘Investigating Improvement Options for Production Planning and Display Systems’ – Christchurch Engine Centre
  • ‘Feasibility Study for a Wash Plant’ – Custom-Pak
  • ‘Implementation of a Quality Assurance Management System’ – Downey Construction Ltd
  • ‘Evaluation of Meridian’s Asset Management System’ – Meridian Energy
  • ‘Project Management Systems: improving internal communication systems’ – Christchurch Engine Centre
  • ‘A Review of Direct Labour Management at Calder Stewart’ – Calder Stewart
  • ‘Special Masking Film- Business Development in China’ – Shanghai Holding-Hearten Hardware Machinery Manufacturing Co.
  • ‘Development of a Quality, Health and Safety Management System’ – Integrated Hydraulics Limited
  • ‘Process Improvement for the Reduction of SF6 Emissions’ – Transpower
  • ‘Investment Case Analyses’ – Isaac Construction Limited
  • ‘West Coast Wood Energy Investigation’ – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
  • ‘Process Improvements for Custom Design & Construction Projects’ – Spanbild NZ Ltd
  • ‘STPA analysis of Contact Energy Water Passage Systems’ – Contact Energy Ltd
  • ‘Best Practice Asset Management and Plant Stability’ – Synlait Milk Limited
  • ‘Water, Chemical and Energy Investigation and Optimisation for Fonterra CIP Sets’ – Fonterra Whareroa Whey Products
  • ‘Cogeneration: A Technology and Feasibility Study for Powerco’ - Powerco
  • ‘Identification of Projects to Meet 2020 Environmental Sustainability Metric/Glide Path Goals’ – Christchurch Engine Centre
  • ‘Distributed Energy Resources Management’ – WEL Networks Limited
  • ‘Syft Technologies: Marketing Analysis Project’ – Syft Technologies
  • ‘Developing an Internal Timber Veneer Lining System for XLam Cross- Laminated Timber’ – Xlam Limited 
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