Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Forest Engineering in University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury

Campus: Christchurch

Duration: 4 years

Intake: February and July

*Fee:  NZD$42,000

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Engineers are the one who provide solutions to problems of modern world. From constructing buildings and bridges, to developing apps and smart devices, to medicines and renewable energy, engineering acts are everywhere.

This is a four-year professional degree. The degree is certified by Engineering New Zealand, helping students to work as qualified engineers all over the world.

‌Forest engineering is a combination of engineering, forestry and management. It needs people who can blend skills to solve problems of the nature, with stress on balancing economic, social and nature needs.

Forest engineers build and explore the operational systems that make the industry ‘work’. This includes:

  • Designing and building new roads
  • Developing or modifying forestry equipment
  • Planning harvest operations
  • Optimizing transport logistics
  • Integrating new technologies
  • Supervising employees and contractors
  • Ensuring safety standards are maintained.

    Forest engineers work with different agencies. They look after the nature, and may drive projects through the resource consent method. These students know the forest environment and forest services and steps, and they give the important connect between the forest and the final product.

    This study includes programs and capability taught through the institution of Forestry and the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering. There is a focus on ‘hands-on’ practices, with many field trips to expose students to real-world problems.

    Course Structure:

    Five necessary courses and four further Year courses which change depending on which Engineering field you want to choose.

    The transitional Year is followed by three Professional Years of study in one of the Engineering fields. Entry to the Professional Years is limited and based on performance in the first year(s). All students must also finish one necessary course in their First Professional Year, and 800 hours of practical work placement.

    Career Outcomes:

    Forest engineers have skills that provide work chance both at home and overseas. Graduates can take up job in the forest industry, but because of the integrative nature of forest engineering, employment chances are also available in fields including general engineering consultancy, local and regional councils, government agencies, resource management and research.

    Eligibility criteria

    Academic eligibility:

    10+2 in medical/ non-medical

    English language proficiency score:

    1. IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5
    2. TOEFL Score of 80 is required with a writing score of 19
    3. PTE required score is 57

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