General engineering

General engineering

Mechanical engineers build and maintain the machinery and tools that keep New Zealand’s manufacturing and engineering industries running.

Careers information

What do they do?

General engineers have a good broad skills and knowledge of welding, fabrication, machining, and fitting. Their work includes fitting and assembly work, machine shop work, service and repair work, manufacturing and general fabrication of all kinds of machines and equipment including hydraulics and pneumatics.

Typical day

Normally an 8 hour day; sometimes working longer may be required. Each day can be quite different; engineering work is varied and can involve fitting, machining, welding, maintenance, repair, hydraulics, pneumatics and/or fabrication. Generally, your training will be tailored to the type of work you do.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• English or Media or History

• Maths or Accounting or Economics

• Sciences or Workshop Technologies

• Computing / ICT / Information Management

Attributes

• Reasonable strength and fitness

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Good organisational skills

• Good work habits / time management

Helpful experience

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

• Working with computers

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• Outside (outdoors)

• Different places from time to time

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:

Maths

Science (Physics)

Technology (Metal Work)

English

General Engineer

Specialist Engineer

Engineering Supervisor

Leading Hand

Workshop Supervisor

Welding Supervisor

Foreman

Site Supervisor

Business Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

2 years experience

$42k - $52k

 

Icn Money

5 years experience

$53k - $80k

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the engineering industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

Click here for more details on the Careers NZ website.

Qualifications

The General Engineering strand is for those employed in a general engineering workshop, where the work may involve fitting, machining, welding, maintenance, repair, hydraulics, pneumatics, or fabrication. Often the work will be of a one-off or contractual nature.

It is intended to provide training for people involved in a wide variety of engineering companies. This is an ideal qualification for people who may be working across a range of engineering disciplines and don’t want to specialise in one specific area.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

This qualification provides foundation skills for mechanical engineering and related trades.

This qualification combines core foundation skills in mechanical engineering with six elective strands that provide specialised skills and knowledge tailored to learners’ and companies’ specific needs.

The General Engineering strand is for those employed in a general engineering workshop, where the work may involve fitting, machining, welding, maintenance, repair, hydraulics, pneumatics, or fabrication. Often the work will be of a one-off or contractual nature.

It is intended to provide training for people involved in a wide variety of engineering companies. This is an ideal qualification for people who may be working across a range of engineering disciplines and don’t want to specialise in one specific area.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

This is an advanced trade qualification for people who have completed an engineering trade qualification. 

This qualification provides the engineering industry with people who can apply understanding and skills to the standard expected of a practising engineering technician in civil, electrical or mechanical practice areas.

The Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) recognises the NZDEP as the competence standard for engineering technicians seeking recognition as associate members (AIPENZ) and/or registration as a Certified Engineering Technician (CertETn).

This qualification introduces learners to basic welding techniques. It recognises skills and knowledge relating to welding in downhand positions. Achieving this qualification prepares candidates for industry certifications to these standards: AS/NZS 1554.1 (GP), AS/NZS 1554.6 (Class B), and AS/ S 1665 (Category B).

This qualification builds on the basic welding techniques learned at Level 3. It covers more complex welding skills using other hand positions.