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Graduate Job

Our 2020 Graduate Program has a unique opportunity for the right person to join our Digital Workplace Services Portfolio…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Engineering & Mathematics
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IT & Computer Science
Applications Open
23 Mar 2019
Start Date
2 Feb 2020
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Graduate Job

Our Graduate Program has a unique opportunity for the right person to join our Service Delivery team in Wellington.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Engineering & Mathematics
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IT & Computer Science
Applications Open
23 Mar 2019
Start Date
2 Feb 2020
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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Business & Management
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Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
2 Mar 2019
Start Date
2 Feb 2020

Engineering Graduate Jobs overview

Engineering graduates are in a fortunate position to be able to work in a wide variety of different industries or sectors. These can include roles in the public or private sector, with roles in traditional engineering companies right through to consulting firms who are seeking highly talented engineering graduates to join their ranks, to assist mainly their clients and advise on projects.

Engineering has sub-specialties in which an Engineering Graduate may work or take extra courses in order to specialise:

  • Civil
  • Software
  • Aerospace
  • Petroleum
  • Geotechnical
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical

If you can think of an industry, there is probably a job for an engineering student!

Where to Find Engineering Graduate Jobs

Depending on where your interests lie and which type of major you’ve selected, you may want to try looking for graduate employment with the main companies in your area of specialisation. For example, an Electrical Engineer might try applying at Schneider Electric, while a Software Engineer might choose amongst the plethora of software companies that hire graduates like Microsoft or Datacom.

Top Five Industries Hiring Engineers

According to Engineering New Zealand, the top five industries hiring graduates are:

  • Civil engineering, which includes transport, environmental, structural and geotechnical engineering
  • Computer systems and software engineering
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

However, there are shortages for some types of engineers:

  • Major highway projects require civil and transport engineers
  • Upgrading the national grid will require more electrical engineers
  • Digital (IT) companies need more software engineers
  • Geotechnical and structural engineers are needed to assist the rebuild of Christchurch, post-earthquake

Salary

The average salary for experienced engineers is around $129,786. For graduates, this varies between $50,000 for more entry-level roles and sometimes stretching up to $65,000. However, the world is your oyster with an engineering degree, and as a result, employers like Deloitte offer generous graduate salaries stretching up towards the $80,000 mark if you start as an Analyst.

Career Outlook

The need for Engineers has been increasing over the past few years. With the increased demand amongst engineering employers, plus consulting, banking, finance and IT companies trying to attract the best engineering talent to join their graduate program, there will be no shortage of roles anytime soon.

How to get hired as an engineering student:

  • Secure an internship, and ensure you get the most out of the experience
  • Engage with relevant student societies
  • Attend career fairs and industry events
  • Sign up for your free student membership through Engineers New Zealand

And it would be remiss for us not to advise to keep a close eye on the GradNewZealand job board for all the latest graduate and internship engineering jobs available. You can also sign up for free to receive job alerts which are sent straight to your inbox!