Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers design systems and equipment that generate, distribute and/or use electricity. They may also be involved in supervising the manufacture or construction, and maintenance and operation of these systems and equipment.

Most electrical engineers are employed by:

  • Power generation companies, such as Mighty River Power
  • Power distribution companies, such as Transpower
  • Engineering consultancies, where they design electrical systems for large buildings, power stations and other clients
  • Manufacturing companies such as New Zealand Steel, Carter Holt Harvey and Fonterra

There is strong demand for electrical engineers, and the job is on Immigration New Zealand's long-term and Canterbury skills shortage lists, which means the Government is actively encouraging skilled workers from overseas to come here to fill the gap.

As well as the Christchurch rebuild, the demand has been increased by major upgrades to the National Grid, which is the network of lines and substations that distributes electricity around the country.

Electrical engineers earn:

  • $40-55,000 starting salary
  • $55-80,000 with four to six years' experience
  • $90,000 or more with at 10 years' experience

Key tertiary qualifications:

A New Zealand Diploma in Engineering specialising in Electrical Engineering will qualify you for a role as an electrical engineering technician.

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Calculus (required)
  • Physics (required)
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics & Modelling
  • English
  • Technology subjects, especially Design & Visual Communication, Construction & Mechanical Technology and Digital Technologies

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Electrical Engineer: People who work in this role

  • Sam Lowry

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Sam Lowry at work

    Cheryl Frankis

    Asset Performance Engineer, Cheryl Frankis at work

    Henna Chua

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Henna Chua at work

    Simon Galea

    Electrical Engineer, Simon Galea at work
  • Bernadette Robertson

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Bernadette Robertson at work

    David James

    Graduate Engineer, David James at work

    Cameron Chapman

    Electrical Engineer, Cameron Chapman at work

    Tate Bradley

    Electrical Engineer, Tate Bradley at work
  • Brendon Clarke

    Senior Electrical Engineer, Brendon Clarke at work

    Guy Paine

    Electrical Engineer, Guy Paine at work

    Kelsey Keenan

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Kelsey Keenan at work

    Nick Wyatt

    Electrical Engineer, Nick Wyatt at work
  • Jeremy Minogue

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Jeremy  Minogue at work

    Tom Brennan

    Electrical Engineer, Tom Brennan at work

    Pruksachat (Peach) Noiklang

    Electrical Engineer, Pruksachat (Peach) Noiklang at work

    Sumudu Jayalath

    Electrical Engineer, Sumudu Jayalath at work
  • Meet Shah

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Meet Shah at work

    Reya Jacob

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Reya Jacob at work

    Nick Claridge

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Nick Claridge at work

    Dana Kancherla

    Graduate Engineer, Dana Kancherla at work
  • Aamir Kapasi

    Electrical Engineer, Aamir Kapasi at work

    Ashley Stewart

    , Ashley Stewart at work

    Vladimir Abelentsev

    Electrical Engineer, Vladimir Abelentsev at work

    June Chin

    Electrical Engineer, June Chin at work
  • Daniel Graham

    Electrical Engineer, Daniel Graham at work

    Sam Wang

    Electrical Engineer, Sam Wang at work

    Miriam Odlin

    Electrical Engineer, Miriam Odlin at work

    Tim Field

    Electrical Engineer, Tim Field at work
  • Kate Markman

    Electrical Engineer, Kate Markman at work

    Marc Gulliksen

    Network Development Engineer, Marc Gulliksen at work

    Fabian Keller

    Electrical Engineer, Fabian Keller at work

    Harriett-Rose Follas

    Electrical Engineer, Harriett-Rose Follas at work
  • Steve Ward

    Avionics engineer, Steve Ward at work

    Te Yu

    Electrical Engineer, Te Yu at work

    Aparna Arunthavasothy

    Electrical Engineer, Aparna Arunthavasothy at work

    Mansoor Ali Shah

    Electrical Engineer, Mansoor Ali Shah at work

Electrical Engineer: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • Engineers Without Borders New Zealand
    Engineers Without Borders New Zealand
    McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    Airways New Zealand
    Airways New Zealand
  • Shell Taranaki Limited
    Shell Taranaki Limited
  • Aurecon
    New Zealand Steel
    New Zealand Steel
  • Marshall Day Acoustics
    Marshall Day Acoustics
    Haden & Custance Ltd
    Haden & Custance Ltd
  • Veolia Water
    Veolia Water
    Fisher & Paykel Appliances
    Fisher & Paykel Appliances
    Oji Fibre Solutions
    Oji Fibre Solutions
  • ABB Limited
    ABB Limited
    Fulton Hogan
    Fulton Hogan
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
    Callaghan Innovation
    Callaghan Innovation
  • Broadspectrum
    Holcim Cement
    Holcim Cement
  • Transpower

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