Options for Engineering Careers in NZ


FACT – There is a shortage of qualified and experienced engineers throughout New Zealand (NZ) across a variety of engineering disciplines. New Zealand Immigration keep a current list of skills that are in demand because there is a shortage of residents in NZ with those skills.

Engineering jobs in demand in New Zealand 
You will find lots of engineering jobs on the skills shortage lists.

Skills sought as at mid 2015 include: 

– chemical engineer

– engineers: civil, construction, electrical, electronics, environmental, geotechnical, industrial, instrument and electrical, materials, – mechanical, mining, petroleum, production, structural and transport specialities
– draughtspersons: mechanical, civil and electrical
– technicians: civil, electrical and electronic


Is Engineering for you?

If any of the items in the list below interest you then engineering may be the career for you: 

– designing solutions
– solving technical problems
– manufacturing processes
– chemical processes
– materials processes
– electrics
– electronics
– mechanics
– telecommunications
– built environment
– construction

What qualifications do you need?

At a vocational level you can earn diplomas and certificates which although do not qualify you for registration as a professional engineer they can be a great starting point for further study. You can specialise in the engineering field that interests you the most. Examples of the different fields include: marine, mechanical and nautical engineering, aircraft servicing, audio, civil, electrical, aviation, food processing and surveying.

Completing a 2 year diploma in an engineering field will qualify you as an engineering technician. To reach the level of engineering technologist you will need to do a 3 year bachelor course (degree) in engineering technology. To become a professional engineer you will need to complete a 4 year bachelor degree. Once at professional level you can then apply to be a Chartered Professional Engineer (requires qualification and experience) and join the other 16,000 members of IPENZ  (Institution of Professional Engineers in New Zealand).

You can further your interest in a particular branch of engineering that interests by carrying out research during postgraduate studies and work towards gaining a doctorate or PhD.

Where to study?

There is a wide choice of places to study across New Zealand. You can study at a university, a polytechnic or an institute of technology. In addition some private colleges and industry organisations offer engineering programs. Each institution will offer different courses so you will need to do some research on where would be the best option for you. Can you can study in your home town or will you have to consider leaving home to study?

Institutions offering engineering courses

Six universities in New Zealand offer engineering courses: Auckland, Massey, Canterbury, Waikato and Wellington (Victoria). There are numerous Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics: Bay of Plenty, Christchurch(CPIT), Manakau, Nelson (NMIT), Northtec, Otago Polytechnic, SIT, Open Polytechnic, Unitec, UCOL, Waikato, Wellington (Weltec), Taranaki (WITT) and Whitireia.

In addition there are a couple of private establishments offering training: the UC International College or UCIC and the IAANZ (International Aviation Academy of New Zealand. For more information about studying engineering in New Zealand please visit the following websites: www.competenz.org.nz  and www.ipenz.nz .

Farra Engineering are one of the many New Zealand engineering companies  you may be able to obtain work experience with or apply for a job once qualified. Farra Engineering are a long established company with 150 years of experience. With qualified stainless steel engineers  we are experts in custom stainless steel . Visit www.farra.co.nz  for details of the projects and engineering services offered.


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