Construction

Construction


Construction is New Zealand's fifth largest industry, accounting for about 8% of the economy. Work in this industry can involve designing and building anything from houses to offices, stadiums and hospitals, and includes everything from the foundations to heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems.

Growth in this industry is driven by the post-earthquake rebuild in Christchurch and population increases in Auckland.

There is strong demand for people with technology, engineering and science qualifications and experience (although there is still an oversupply of people with architecture qualifications), including:

  • Geotechnical and structural engineers plan and design the load-bearing structure of buildings and their foundations, and make sure they will be safe during an earthquake.
  • Building services engineers design heating, ventilation and air conditioning services (HVAC), lighting, power supply, lifts and security systems for commercial buildings.
  • Acoustic engineers control unwanted noise and design spaces such as concert halls and lecture theatres.
  • Engineering technicians and CAD drafting technicians plan and draw the technical details for building and repairing bridges, buildings and other structures.
  • Surveyors and surveying technicians map property boundaries and the location of new structures, pipelines and other infrastructure.
  • Quantity surveyors study architects' and engineers’ plans to work out quantities and costs, and ensure that work is completed on time and on budget.

Other roles in the construction industry include:

  • Site managers and building control officers
  • Architects and architectural designers
  • Tradespeople, including builders, plumbers, electricians and insulation installers

The main employers in this industry include:

  • Engineering consulting companies such as Beca, Opus and AECOM
  • Construction companies, for example: Fulton Hogan, Fletchers and McConnell Dowell
  • Specialist companies such as Marshall Day Acoustics, The Surveying Company and Coffey Geotechnics

Key tertiary qualifications include:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • National Certificate in Surveying (Assistant), National Diploma in Surveying (for survey technicians), Bachelor of Surveying
  • National Diploma in Quantity Surveying, Bachelor of Construction in Economics or Quantity Surveying

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Physics (required for engineering pathways)
  • Maths, especially Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
  • English
  • Statistics and Modelling
  • Construction and Mechanical Technologies
  • Design & Visual Communication

Job roles in this industry

  • Acoustic Engineer

    Acoustic Engineer

    Building Services Engineer

    Building Services Engineer

    CAD Draftsperson

    CAD Draftsperson

    Civil Engineer

    Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer

    Electrical Engineer

    Engineering Geologist

    Engineering Geologist

    Engineering Technician

    Engineering Technician

    Environmental/Urban Planner

    Environmental/Urban Planner
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Mechanical Engineer

    Mechanical Engineer

    Project/Contract Manager

    Project/Contract Manager

    Quantity Surveyor

    Quantity Surveyor
  • Site/Project Engineer

    Site/Project Engineer

    Structural Engineer

    Structural Engineer

    Surveyor/Survey Technician

    Surveyor/Survey Technician

Companies and organisations in this industry

  • Engineers Without Borders New Zealand
    Engineers Without Borders New Zealand
    BVT
    BVT
    McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    Certa Engineering
    Certa Engineering
  • Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Jacobs
    Jacobs
    Bloxam, Burnett & Olliver
    Bloxam, Burnett & Olliver
    Sigma Consultants
    Sigma Consultants
  • Aurecon
    Aurecon
    HEB Construction
    HEB Construction
    Downer
    Downer
    Higgins Contractors
    Higgins Contractors
  • New Zealand Steel
    New Zealand Steel
    Silvester Clark
    Silvester Clark
    Marshall Day Acoustics
    Marshall Day Acoustics
    Hutchinson
    Hutchinson
  • Cardno
    Cardno
    LHTDesign
    LHTDesign
    Pattle Delamore Partners
    Pattle Delamore Partners
    Fulton Hogan
    Fulton Hogan
  • Fraser Thomas
    Fraser Thomas
    The Surveying Company
    The Surveying Company
    Stantec
    Stantec
    Riley Consultants
    Riley Consultants
  • AECOM
    AECOM
    Harrison Grierson
    Harrison Grierson
    GHD
    GHD
    Davis Ogilvie
    Davis Ogilvie
  • Opus International Consultants
    Opus International Consultants
    Beca
    Beca
    Broadspectrum
    Broadspectrum
    Holcim Cement
    Holcim Cement

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