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  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Downer Civil Engineering Cadet Campaign - Nationwide (2020 intake)

Auckland, Dannevirke, Gisborne, Hamilton, Hastings, Hawera, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Whanganui, Whangarei, Christchurch, Dunedin, Kaikoura, Nelson, Auckland - Kerrs Road
Kick start your career at Downer!

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Start Date
1 Feb 2020

Application dates

Applications Open
4 Sep 2019
Applications Close
22 Sep 2019

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Civil Engineering & Construction

Downer has been designing, building and sustaining New Zealand’s infrastructure for over a century and is a leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.

With over 12,000 employees in New Zealand, we work alongside some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses, councils and government agencies.

Downer Your Diploma

Kick start your career at Downer! 

We offer a great Cadet Programme which will help you to acquire the experience you need to succeed as an engineer.

At Downer we view every cadet as a potential leader.  In fact, some of your current leaders started their careers as a cadet, this is a great opportunity to earn while you learn and grow your career.

These opportunities are across NZ from Whangarei to Invercargill for people who want to work towards a qualification and work with us.

You’ll be someone who is:

  • In their final year of study towards a Diploma of Civil Engineer and ready to start full-time work in 2020 OR
  • An experienced tradesperson who is keen to change careers and start a Diploma in Civil Engineering

You’ll ideally bring with you some relevant work experience (casual or summer is ok) in construction / contracting, but most importantly you’ll come with a proven willingness and capability to learn.

You’ll also display the following:

  • Ability to work independently and use their initiative
  • Agile thinking with strong problem-solving ability
  • Innovative and creative, and solutions-focused
  • Strong interpersonal skills and can work alongside a diverse range of people
  • Are committed to excellence, and health and safety

You’ll also need a full class 1 Driver's Licence and have either NZ Permanent Residency or Citizenship to qualify.

About the Cadetship:

  • You’ll get valuable on the job experience across a wide range of business communities
  • Technical development via our Cadet Rotation programme
  • Fully funded 2 year NZ Diploma in Engineering Practical (NZDEP)

Once successful in the programme, you’ll experience a full week induction, including site visits, traffic control and first aid training, meet and greet with rotation managers and mentors and PPE allocation.

The programme takes between 2.6 to 4 years to complete, depending on your academic status at the time of commencing on the programme.  We have programme managers who oversee and support cadet progress throughout to support you, as well as being allocated a mentor to support study and work placement learnings.

It offers a structured rotation programme that ensures a full range of roading and construction knowledge and experiences.

You’ll have regular meetings to share experiences with other cadets and network with business managers.  We’ll also provide financial and leave allocation to support academic achievement and of course once you’ve completed the programme you’ll get placement in an entry-level engineering role.

If you want to take your career to the next level and would like to be considered for our National Cadet Programme – we would be keen to hear from you.  Don’t delay, apply now by completing an online application at www.downercareers.co.nz reference 563028.

Please ensure you attach a cover letter stating why you want to be considered for the programme, your CV and your latest academic transcripts.

Closing date for application is Sunday 22 September 2019.

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Please note that the successful applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test & medical. 

Applications close: 22 Sep 2019 New Zealand Standard Time