• Excellent training on offer with this highly experienced team
  • Great culture in this family business
  • Lots of variety 

For those looking for an apprenticeship in the greater Wellington region we have a General Engineering Apprenticeship opportunity based in Masterton with Rufford Engineering.                          

About the Employer

Rufford Engineering are a very long established family owned and operated engineering business specialising in custom work to engineering drawings. 

They are the areas go-to engineering business to provide bespoke project solution and repairs and maintenance services for a variety of clients such as local schools, sawmills and food and horticulture businesses.  The owner is considered one of the leading welding specialists in the area and the rest of team have broad engineering know-how and are highly experienced so you can be sure of excellent training with Rufford.

About the opportunity

You will see a project through from start to finish, commencing in the workshop and completing the job out on site at the client’s premises. All the work is local as this keeps them busy enough so no out of area travel is required. There’s lots of variety on offer in the type of work and experience you’ll gain from using different equipment in the up to date workshop.

Some of the projects require working at heights on elevated work platforms, confined spaces and you’ll get a bit dirty on occasion too.

About you

You’ll need to demonstrate a real passion for engineering to be successful in this apprenticeship and working with this highly regarded team.

What you need:

  • A team player – teamwork is key in this business culture.
  • A relevant pre-trade is preferable to demonstrate your desire to be an engineer – but not an absolute requirement. If you’ve worked in a workshop environment or can show your keenness for engineering, then you’ll be considered.
  • Some welding experience would be a benefit.
  • You’ll need to be comfortable working at heights and on occasion in confined spaces.
  • Physically fit as you’ll be on your feet a lot and lifting weights (to H&S standards)
  • Able to demonstrate an aptitude for working with tools.
  • Drivers licence – Restricted to start off with but aiming for a Full licence as driving to sites will be required during the apprenticeship.


Standard hours are a 7.30am start and 4.30pm finish.  There is the opportunity for some overtime.


New Zealand Certificate in General Engineering (Level 4)

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and workplace safety culture in order to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial mechanical engineering environment.

 - Interpret drawings and/or specifications and select and use the appropriate materials, processes, tools and equipment for the mechanical engineering task being undertaken.

 - Apply knowledge of relevant engineering principles and practices, and problem solving skills, to perform engineering tasks to industry standards.

 - Apply an understanding of effective and efficient processes and principles, and quality systems, to the production of components and/or provision of services in a commercial mechanical engineering environment.

- Practise effective communication within a mechanical engineering team and the wider workplace.

- Recognise the limits of own ability and the importance of working with integrity and maintaining currency in the mechanical engineering field.

- Build, maintain, and repair a broad range of machinery and equipment using fitting, machining, fabrication, hydraulics, pneumatics, and welding skills and knowledge.