Engineering Jobs Overview

Engineering Jobs Overview


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:

  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Civil engineering, which includes structural, environmental, transport and geotechnical engineering
  • Computer systems and software engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

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:

  • Digital (IT) companies need more software engineers
  • Structural and geotechnical engineers are needed for the post-earthquake rebuild of Christchurch
  • Major highway projects require civil and transport engineers 
  • Upgrading the National Grid will require more electrical engineers

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:

  • National Certificates in Engineering (NZQF Level 2-5) qualify you for work as an electrician, fabrication engineer and other engineering trades roles.
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  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZQF Level 6) is a two-year diploma qualifying you to join an engineering team as a technician.
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  • The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (NZQF Level 7) is a three-year degree with a strong focus on practical projects, and is offered in a range of specialisations.
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  • The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (NZQF Level 8) is a four-year degree that combines theoretical knowledge with project work. You can specialise in a wide range of areas.
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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.

View our diagram showing the four main engineering qualification pathways >>
 

Cadetships allow you to learn while you earn

As a cadet you complete your qualification part-time while working in the industry.

Find out more about cadetships >>

Recommended and required school subjects:

  • Maths, especially Calculus (required)
  • Physics (required)
  • Chemistry (required for some specialisations)
  • English
  • Technology subjects, especially Design & Visual Communication, Construction & Mechanical Technology and Digital Technologies

Find out more about entry requirements for engineering >>

Don't have the right subjects? Bridging courses, foundation certificates and introductory courses can get you up to speed.

Job roles in this industry

  • Acoustic Engineer

    Acoustic Engineer

    Biomedical Engineer

    Biomedical Engineer

    Building Services Engineer

    Building Services Engineer

    CAD Draftsperson

    CAD Draftsperson
  • Chemical & Process Engineer

    Chemical & Process Engineer

    Civil Engineer

    Civil Engineer

    Computer Systems Engineer

    Computer Systems Engineer

    Design/Product Development Engineer

    Design/Product Development Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer

    Electrical Engineer

    Electronics Engineer/Technician

    Electronics Engineer/Technician

    Engineering Geologist

    Engineering Geologist

    Engineering Technician

    Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineer

    Environmental Engineer

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Mechanical Engineer

    Mechanical Engineer
  • Operation or Production Engineer

    Operation or Production Engineer

    Power Systems Engineer

    Power Systems Engineer

    Project/Contract Manager

    Project/Contract Manager

    Quantity Surveyor

    Quantity Surveyor
  • Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Site/Project Engineer

    Site/Project Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer

    Structural Engineer

    Structural Engineer
  • Surveyor/Survey Technician

    Surveyor/Survey Technician

    Telecommunications/Network Engineer

    Telecommunications/Network Engineer

    Traffic Signals Engineer

    Traffic Signals Engineer

    Transportation Engineer

    Transportation Engineer
  • Water Resources Engineer

    Water Resources Engineer

Companies and organisations in this industry

  • Certa Engineering
    Certa Engineering
    Dynamic Controls
    Dynamic Controls
    Orion Health
    Orion Health
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Tonkin & Taylor
  • Higgins Contractors
    Higgins Contractors
    Sanitarium
    Sanitarium
    T2
    T2
    Scion
    Scion
  • SLI Systems
    SLI Systems
    Silvester Clark
    Silvester Clark
    Rakon
    Rakon
    Hutchinson
    Hutchinson
  • Cardno
    Cardno
    IXOM
    IXOM
    Ravensdown
    Ravensdown
    GEA Group
    GEA Group
  • Pattle Delamore Partners
    Pattle Delamore Partners
    Veolia Water
    Veolia Water
    Stormwater Solutions
    Stormwater Solutions
    Unison
    Unison
  • NZTA
    NZTA
    Oji Fibre Solutions
    Oji Fibre Solutions
    Hawke's Bay Regional Council
    Hawke's Bay Regional Council
    RCR Energy
    RCR Energy
  • Fraser Thomas
    Fraser Thomas
    Watercare
    Watercare
    The Surveying Company
    The Surveying Company
    Heinz Wattie's
    Heinz Wattie's
  • Riley Consultants
    Riley Consultants
    Callaghan Innovation
    Callaghan Innovation
    Dunedin City Council
    Dunedin City Council
    Tasti Products
    Tasti Products
  • Davis Ogilvie
    Davis Ogilvie
    Beca
    Beca
    Broadspectrum
    Broadspectrum
    Compac
    Compac
  • Tekron
    Tekron
    TDG
    TDG
    Windsor Engineering
    Windsor Engineering
    Transpower
    Transpower

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