Engineering technicians work on a wide range of projects alongside engineers and engineering technologists.
- Civil engineering technicians help design, draught plans for and supervise construction of roads, buildings, bridges, and water and wastewater treatment systems
- Electrical engineering technicians work alongside electrical engineers in industries such as telecommunications, power generation and distribution, construction, electronics and manufacturing. They develop, install, test and maintain equipment that generates, transmits or uses electricity.
- Mechanical engineering technicians assist with the design, construction and maintenance of machines, tools and systems. They work for a range of employers, including home appliance manufacturers, industrial machinery and equipment manufacturers, power companies and the Defence Forces.
There is strong demand for engineering technicians. New Zealand has very few technicians – approximately one technician for each engineer, compared to four technicians per engineer in many other countries.
- Civil engineering technicians are needed for the Christchurch rebuild and for major roading projects around the country.
- Electrical engineering technicians are in demand as the national grid and local networks are upgraded.
- Qualified and experienced mechanical engineering technicians have a better chance of finding work than school leavers looking for an apprenticeship.
Engineering technicians earn:
- $40-45,000 graduate starting salary
- $60-80,000 with more than four years' experience
Key tertiary qualifications include:
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE), specialising in Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
- Once you have an NZDE and a job in the industry, you can work towards a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP) through an industry training organisation (ITO). This qualification recognises the skills and competence you have developed on the job, and can be awarded after two to four years of work-based assessments.
Recommended and required school subjects:
- Maths (required)
- Physics (required)
- Construction & Mechanical Technology, Design & Visual Communication
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