Infrastructure

Infrastructure


Infrastructure is all around us – it’s the basic physical systems that we need in our everyday lives, including:

  • Transport networks, such as railways, roads, bridges, ports and airports
  • Drinking water supply, and systems for wastewater removal and treatment
  • Rubbish disposal systems and sites
  • Electricity generation and transmission, and gas pipelines
  • Phone and internet connections

It's a growth industry due to the Christchurch rebuild, major roading projects and Auckland's expanding population. And working in infrastructure means that you can have a well-paid job while helping your community.

Key roles in the infrastructure industry include:

  • Geotechnical and structural engineers make sure structures and foundations are strong and able to resist earthquakes.
  • Electrical and power systems engineers design systems and equipment for generating, distributing and using electricity.
  • Site engineers help plan and supervise construction.
  • Transportation engineers design roads, rail, cycle ways and footpaths so that people can get around safely and efficiently.
  • Engineering technicians and CAD drafters help plan and draw up the technical details for infrastructure projects.
  • Environmental and water resources engineers are involved in managing stormwater, groundwater, wastewater and contaminated sites.
  • Environmental scientists assess the impact of engineering projects on the environment, including waterways, soil, air and noise levels, and advise on ways to minimise this impact.
  • Surveyors and surveying technicians map property boundaries and locate new structures and pipes.
  • GIS analysts use specialised computer software to analyse spatial data and communicate the results via maps and diagrams.
  • Planners develop and administer the plans used by local authorities to shape development. They may also work for engineering consultancies.

The main employers in the infrastructure industry include:

  • Engineering consultancies and construction companies
  • Utility companies providing electricity, water and phone services
  • Local councils
  • Government agencies such as NZTA

Key qualifications in this industry include:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in Civil, Electrical, Environmental or Natural Resources Engineering
  • National Certificate in Surveying (Assistant), National Diploma in Surveying (for survey technicians), Bachelor of Surveying
  • Diplomas in CAD Drafting, Design/Architectural Technology
  • Degrees in Planning, Geography, Resource Management, GIS

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Physics (required for engineering pathways)
  • Maths, especially Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
  • English
  • Technology subjects, especially Design & Visual Communication and Digital Technologies
  • Geography
  • Statistics & Modelling

Job roles in this industry

  • CAD Draftsperson

    CAD Draftsperson

    Civil Engineer

    Civil Engineer

    Engineering Geologist

    Engineering Geologist

    Engineering Technician

    Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineer

    Environmental Engineer

    Environmental Scientist

    Environmental Scientist

    Environmental/Urban Planner

    Environmental/Urban Planner

    Geologist

    Geologist
  • Geophysicist

    Geophysicist

    Geospatial (GIS) Analyst

    Geospatial (GIS) Analyst

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Marine/Coastal Scientist

    Marine/Coastal Scientist
  • Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Mechanical Engineer

    Mechanical Engineer

    Power Systems Engineer

    Power Systems 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
  • Telecommunications/Network Engineer

    Telecommunications/Network Engineer

    Transportation Engineer

    Transportation Engineer

    Water Resources Engineer

    Water Resources Engineer

Companies and organisations in this industry

  • McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    Certa Engineering
    Certa Engineering
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Delta
    Delta
  • Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Jacobs
    Jacobs
    Bloxam, Burnett & Olliver
    Bloxam, Burnett & Olliver
    Calibre Consulting
    Calibre Consulting
  • Sigma Consultants
    Sigma Consultants
    Aurecon
    Aurecon
    HEB Construction
    HEB Construction
    LINZ
    LINZ
  • Tonkin & Taylor
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Downer
    Downer
    MetService
    MetService
    Higgins Contractors
    Higgins Contractors
  • T2
    T2
    4Sight Consulting
    4Sight Consulting
    Coffey
    Coffey
    Cardno
    Cardno
  • Pattle Delamore Partners
    Pattle Delamore Partners
    Abley Transportation Consultants
    Abley Transportation Consultants
    Veolia Water
    Veolia Water
    Stormwater Solutions
    Stormwater Solutions
  • Unison
    Unison
    NZTA
    NZTA
    Hawke's Bay Regional Council
    Hawke's Bay Regional Council
    ABB Limited
    ABB Limited
  • Fulton Hogan
    Fulton Hogan
    Fraser Thomas
    Fraser Thomas
    Watercare
    Watercare
    Hastings District Council
    Hastings District Council
  • The Surveying Company
    The Surveying Company
    MWH
    MWH
    Riley Consultants
    Riley Consultants
    AECOM
    AECOM
  • Harrison Grierson
    Harrison Grierson
    GHD
    GHD
    Dunedin City Council
    Dunedin City Council
    Davis Ogilvie
    Davis Ogilvie

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