Practical work experience is widely considered to be a key point of difference for New Zealand undergraduate engineering degrees. We expect students to continue to use best endeavours to secure the full 800 hours of practical work experience for themselves.
However, the Engineering New Zealand Standards & Accreditation Board is aware of the effect Covid-19 may have had on the ability of students to attain the minimum 800 hours of work practice. They have agreed to grant universities the discretion to waive up to 400 hours of work experience for students who are scheduled to complete all their academic studies (including both component degrees if completing a conjoint) before December 2023.
For students who are only able to secure a minimum 400 hours of work experience over this period, ideally all work will have a direct link to professional engineering or be in an engineering-related industry.