Power Systems Engineer

Power Systems Engineer

Power systems engineers are generally specialised electrical engineers who design substations, switchyards and surge protection schemes to ensure a continuous supply of electricity to homes and businesses around New Zealand.

The demand for power systems engineers is strong as power companies build more high-voltage substations to deliver electricity to growing populations, and improve the resilience of the distribution network and the time taken to restore power after faults.

Power systems engineers are employed by:

  • Power distribution (lines) companies, such as Unison, Powerco and Vector
  • Engineering consultancy companies
  • Specialist electro-technology companies

Power systems engineers earn:

  • $50-55,000 starting salary
  • $55-80,000 with four to six years’ experience
  • $90,000 or more with 10 years’ experience

Key tertiary qualifications include:

Recommended and required school subjects:

  • Calculus (required)
  • Physics (required)
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics & Modelling
  • English
  • Technology


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Power Systems Engineer: People who work in this role

  • Jack Stainton

    Graduate Engineer, Jack Stainton  at work

    Kenneth (Ken) Wicks

    R&D Engineer, Kenneth (Ken) Wicks at work

    Rebecca Shaw

    Senior Electrical Engineer, Rebecca Shaw at work

    Rukshan de Silva

    Power Systems Engineer, Rukshan de Silva at work
  • Meeral Patel

    Engineer, Meeral Patel at work

    Darren Van Druten

    Electrical Engineer, Darren Van Druten at work

    Jennifer Wen

    Design Engineer, Jennifer Wen at work

    Peter Cowan

    Electrical Engineer, Peter Cowan at work
  • Rebecca Stewart

    Power Systems Engineer, Rebecca Stewart at work

    Mohammed AL-Mandhari

    Power Systems Engineer, Mohammed AL-Mandhari at work

Power Systems Engineer: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • Aurecon
    Aurecon
    Unison
    Unison
    ABB Limited
    ABB Limited
    AECOM
    AECOM
  • Broadspectrum
    Broadspectrum

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