Engineers apply scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to find practical and cost-effective solutions to challenges and look for opportunities to improve our quality of life.
When we use phones to talk or text, travel from A to B, buy a bottle of milk or a muesli bar, turn on a light or even flush the toilet, it's all built on the work of engineers.
Engineers enjoy variety in their day-to-day work, tackle interesting challenges, use problem-solving skills to find creative solutions, work in teams, are paid well and often get opportunities to travel. You can help your community and enjoy a creative, rewarding role at the same time.
Key engineering areas include:
You can also specialise in other areas including Biomedical, Engineering Science, Forest, Mechatronics (a combination of Mechanical and Electrical), Natural Resources, and Product Development.
There are shortages of some types of engineer:
Many engineers are approaching retirement age, which means there will be plenty of jobs available for people with the right qualifications.
There are four main pathways to get into engineering:
The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Engineering have all been accredited to international standards, so your qualification will be recognised overseas.
Cadetships allow you to learn while you earn
As a cadet you complete your qualification part-time while working in the industry.
Recommended and required school subjects:
Don't have the right subjects? Bridging courses, foundation certificates and introductory courses can get you up to speed.
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