Engineering Jobs in New Zealand

Engineers needed

Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages.

If you are offered a job which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier. This is because the Government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills. But if your job is not on a shortage list, don’t be disheartened. There are other work and resident visa options. 

You’ll find lots of engineering jobs on the lists. Skills sought as at early 2018 include:

  • chemical engineer (also known as Process Engineers here)
  • engineers: civil, electrical, electronics, environmental, geotechnical, industrial, materials, mechanical, production, and structural specialities
  • draughtspersons: civil, electrical and mechanical
  • technicians: civil, electrical and electronic.

Infrastructure projects for civil engineers

Government investment in infrastructure is creating great job opportunities for people working in various aspects of the engineering industry. Among other spending, the government has committed to a long-term National Infrastructure Plan covering transport, telecommunications, energy and water.

Over the next ten years, approximately $110 billion is forecast to be spent on infrastructure under this Plan including a $13.9 billion land transport programme between 2015 and 2018.

Over the past seven years, the government has:

  • Added over $46 billion of property, plant and equipment to its balance sheet. 
  • Spent $1.8 billion on local infrastructure.
  • Spent $2.2 billion on government assets for the Christchurch rebuild.
  • Spent over $1.7 billion in a roll out of ultra-fast broadband.
  • Spent $400 million for a rural broadband initiative.

Other drivers include new government policy focusing on environmental sustainability, and local government legislation emphasising higher standards in environmental practice and public health in engineering.

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