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Undergraduate subject

Forest Engineering

Pūhanga Ngahere

13 October 2023

Forest engineers construct and evaluate the operational systems of the forest industry.



Forest Engineering


Forest Engineering takes the technical field of engineering to the outdoors, where you will help design, construct, and evaluate the operational systems that make the forest industry function.

UC is the only university in Australasia offering this programme.


Forest Engineering

What will my study involve?

  • Internships, field trips, workshops, and industry events to gain practical work experience.
  • Your studies follow advancements in the industry so you have the most current knowledge when you graduate.
  • A focus on design and build of forestry roads, harvesting plans and equipment, integration of new technology, ethics, and environmentally sustainable practice.
  • International exchange opportunities with the University of British Columbia in Canada, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the USA.

Forest Engineering


There is also a Bachelor of Forestry Science at UC.

First year

The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is made up of six compulsory courses taken by all Engineering students, plus courses specific to Forest Engineering:

You also need to complete one other 100-level elective course. Check with a Student Advisor for suggested options.

More information:

2nd–4th years

Once you have completed the first year and successfully applied for entry into Forest Engineering, you will study that discipline within the next three years.

Second year

Third year

Plus one of:

An external field camp also forms part of the third-year programme.

There is also an opportunity to go on an 8–12 months exchange to specialise in solid wood processing at either the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, or the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. No tuition fees beyond the usual UC fees are due.

Fourth year

Plus four courses chosen from the elective list, or any approved 400-level Engineering courses.

Forest Engineering

Career opportunities

Forestry is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important export industries. There are many different roles as a forest engineer with active, technical, and management opportunities.

Career pathways could include:

  • harvest and roading operations
  • forest engineering management
  • forest consulting
  • regional councils and government advisory.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Forest Engineering.

Related brochures

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