Mechanical Engineer Apprenticeship

Hydrapower Systems
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Mechanical Engineer Apprenticeship

About the Employer

Mō Te Kaitukumahi  

Hydrapower Systems are a dedicated and enthusiastic group of individuals, with years of combined experience in Hydraulic Engineering and Manufacturing.

As a company philosophy, Hydrapower Systems have continuously invested in CNC machines and manufacturing capabilities, as well as upskilling and training of their staff to maximise their in-house capabilities.


About the Opportunity            

Mō Te Huarahi  

At Hydrapower Systems, in this apprenticeship, you’ll start with assembly work and build your hands on skills and understanding of how everything works.  Then you’ll move onto machining as you progress through your training.  All work is at the manufacturing site in Christchurch.


About You        


There’s a values culture at Hydrapower Systems so you’ll need to bring your honesty and integrity, get involved and be inquisitive.

To be successful in this team you’ll need to have -

  • A Pre-trade or demonstrated mechanical aptitude would be beneficial - but not essential  
  • NCEA Level 2 in English and Maths
  • Self-motivation
  • Keenness to learn and continuously improve
  • Reliability
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong team player ethic
  • Some computer skills
  • Driver’s Licence – to get to work on time every day



Ngā Hāora  

Hours will be discussed with you at interview stage with Hydrapower.  In general, the work hours are 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.



Te Tohu  

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) with strands in Fitting and Machining

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply relevant Health and Safety legislation and knowledge of the workplace safety culture in order to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial mechanical engineering environment.
  • Produce and interpret engineering sketches and simple component drawings and/or specifications with knowledge of limits, fits and geometrical tolerancing used in engineering. -Apply knowledge of trade calculations and units of measurement to perform a range of mechanical engineering tasks.
  • Apply knowledge of the composition and characteristics of engineering materials to select and optimise their use through job planning and sequencing tasks.
  • Determine available and appropriate manufacturing and engineering processes, tools and equipment, and an overview of alternative engineering process to suit a range of mechanical engineering tasks.
  • Interpret basic engineering job operations, planning and sequencing for job costing and pricing, with consideration to efficiency and economical processing options.
  • Apply knowledge of relevant engineering principles and practices using problem-solving skills for fault finding and root cause analysis, to perform engineering tasks efficiently and effectively while working to specifications and industry standards.
  • Correctly use and maintain tools and equipment, monitoring their condition for safe and effective operation to ensure accuracy, minimise damage to work, and to prevent accidents. - Interpret knowledge of calibrating measuring equipment, and methods of non-destructive testing to carry out self-inspection of work.
  • Select and inspect simple lifting appliances and slings, to safely secure a load and carry outlifting procedures.
  • Apply knowledge of effective and efficient manufacturing models, the processes and principles, of quality systems, in the production of components and/or for the provision of services in a commercial mechanical engineering environment, to deliver in full, on time and to specification.
  • Practice effective communication with awareness of other cultures and languages, to confirm and clarify instructions, communicate health and safety matters, and understand workplace documentation, within a mechanical engineering team and the wider workplace.
  • Self-manage on-going learning, seeking advice or guidance when required while maintaining acceptable standards across the mechanical engineering industry.

Graduates of the Fitting and Machining strand will also be able to:

  • Build and install complex machines where the use of fitting, machining, assembly, and precision alignment skills are required.

Ready to apply?

Date Posted
April 12, 2022
Mechanical Engineering
Fitting and Machining