Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers design, develop and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices in a wide range of industries, from construction to manufacturing and power generation.

Mechanical engineers may be employed in a number of different specialist roles:

  • Design and product development engineers develop new products or components such as domestic appliances, medical devices or mining equipment
  • Operation/production engineers are responsible for making sure the machinery in large-scale manufacturing processes for steel, timber or food products runs smoothly
  • Building services engineers design and supervise installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for large buildings such as office blocks, sports facilities and hospitals.

Demand for mechanical engineers remains steady despite decreased manufacturing activity in New Zealand. Building services engineers are needed for the Christchurch rebuild, and operations engineers are involved in growth industries such as dairy processing.

Mechanical engineers generally earn:

  • $45-55,000 starting salary
  • $70-100,000 with more than four years’ experience

Key tertiary qualifications:

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Calculus (required)
  • Physics (required)
  • Technology subjects
  • English
     

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Mechanical Engineer: People who work in this role

  • Hamish Janett

    Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Hamish Janett at work

    James Donald

    Hydraulic Services Cadet, James Donald at work

    Ethan Meder

    Mechanical Engineer, Ethan Meder at work

    Raveen Parhar

    Senior Property Risk Engineer, Raveen Parhar at work
  • Ali Hassan

    Mechanical Engineer, Ali Hassan at work

    Hayden Lewis

    Mechanical Engineer, Hayden Lewis at work

    Kate Williamson

    Geothermal Reliability Engineer, Kate Williamson at work

    Heather Cunningham

    Product Development Engineer, Heather Cunningham at work
  • Cameron Wynniatt

    Mechanical Design Engineer, Cameron Wynniatt at work

    Ian Paterson

    Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Ian Paterson at work

    Nathan Marks

    Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Nathan Marks at work

    Tom Walters

    Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Tom Walters  at work
  • Julie Chiquet

    Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Julie Chiquet  at work

    Michael Hoogendoorn

    Mechanical Engineer, Michael Hoogendoorn at work

    Jeremy Kenealy

    Machine Design Manager , Jeremy Kenealy at work

    Jack Young

    , Jack Young at work
  • Danny Singh

    Asset Maintenance Engineer , Danny Singh at work

    Andrea Wadsworth

    Airworthiness Engineer, Andrea Wadsworth at work

    Mike Davies

    Junior Engineer, Mike Davies at work

    Lauren Kosovich

    Graduate engineer: Laundry Structures, Lauren Kosovich at work
  • Tristan McCallum

    Swordmaker, Tristan McCallum at work

    Mikesh Patel

    Product Development Engineer, Mikesh Patel at work

    Rishi Yerra

    Mechanical Engineer, Rishi Yerra at work

    Teokotai Ruland-Marsters

    Mechanical Engineer, Teokotai Ruland-Marsters at work
  • Gabriel Anderson

    Mechanical Engineer, Gabriel Anderson at work

    Luke Boys

    , Luke Boys at work

    Stewart McVinnie

    Mechanical Engineer, Stewart McVinnie  at work

    Katie-Ann Buckels

    Mechanical Engineer, Katie-Ann Buckels at work
  • Chris Peck

    Mechanical Engineer, Chris Peck at work

    Kevin Weller

    Fire Engineer, Kevin Weller at work

    Brad Sandilands

    Mechanical Engineer, Brad Sandilands at work

    Georgina Preston

    Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Georgina Preston at work
  • Richard Hunter

    Engineer, Richard Hunter at work

    Caroline Delong

    Engineer, Caroline Delong at work

    Hayden Grant-Ussher

    Mechanical Engineer, Hayden Grant-Ussher at work

    Ollie Smith

    Mechanical Engineer, Ollie Smith at work
  • Anjukan Kathirgamanathan

    Engineer, Anjukan Kathirgamanathan at work

    Kael Roberts

    Engineering Manager, Kael Roberts at work

    Bayleigh Baird

    Mechanical Engineer, Bayleigh Baird at work

    Tim Johnson

    Mechanical Engineer, Tim Johnson at work

Mechanical Engineer: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • NIWA
    NIWA
    McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    Timberlands
    Timberlands
    Airways New Zealand
    Airways New Zealand
  • Shell Todd Oil Services
    Shell Todd Oil Services
    Sealord
    Sealord
    Dairy Goat Cooperative
    Dairy Goat Cooperative
    Constantia Foods
    Constantia Foods
  • Aeroqual
    Aeroqual
    Silver Fern Farms
    Silver Fern Farms
    Ballance Agri-Nutrients
    Ballance Agri-Nutrients
    Fraser Engineering
    Fraser Engineering
  • Aurecon
    Aurecon
    HEB Construction
    HEB Construction
    Dynamic Controls
    Dynamic Controls
    Sanitarium
    Sanitarium
  • Navico
    Navico
    New Zealand Steel
    New Zealand Steel
    SLI Systems
    SLI Systems
    Marshall Day Acoustics
    Marshall Day Acoustics
  • Rakon
    Rakon
    IXOM
    IXOM
    GEA Group
    GEA Group
    LHTDesign
    LHTDesign
  • Haden & Custance Ltd
    Haden & Custance Ltd
    Farra Engineering
    Farra Engineering
    Fisher & Paykel Appliances
    Fisher & Paykel Appliances
    Oji Fibre Solutions
    Oji Fibre Solutions
  • RCR Energy
    RCR Energy
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
    Watercare
    Watercare
    MWH
    MWH
  • AECOM
    AECOM
    Callaghan Innovation
    Callaghan Innovation
    Harrison Grierson
    Harrison Grierson
    GHD
    GHD
  • Fonterra
    Fonterra
    Tasti Products
    Tasti Products
    Beca
    Beca
    Broadspectrum
    Broadspectrum

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