• National Network of Food Production Facilities
  • Role based at Auckland Airport
  • Innovative Company 

About the Company

New Zealand Food Innovation Auckland Ltd (The FoodBowl), based at Auckland Airport, is part of The New Zealand Food Innovation Network, a national network of food and beverage resources, expertise and facilities designed to accelerate and support the growth of food and beverage businesses.

About the Opportunity

The FoodBowl are currently looking for an Apprentice, for the Auckland site in Mangere, to assist our Maintenance Engineer and help manage day to day running of our plant, including maintenance of equipment, planned and unplanned, breakdowns and repairs. Tasks include:

  • New Projects and installations
  • Attend to planned and unplanned maintenance of equipment and/ or plant
  • Prioritise jobs depending on our production schedule
  • Interact with contractors including refrigeration, boiler, water, and air systems.
  • Contribute to Process Engineers Continuous Improvement system
  • Awareness of Health, Wellbeing, Safety and Environment policies as well as Hazard ID
  • General Plant Maintenance
  • Aid our Maintenance Engineer in championing our Maintenance program/ system

About You

The individual must possess the following:

  • A relevant pre-trade
  • Have reliable transport and Restricted or Full Drivers Licence
  • Comfortable working from heights or in confined spaces (training provided)
  • Clear communication skills
  • Some computer work may apply here


Standard hours are 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.  There may be some variance in this time depending on work to be completed to maintenance scheduling requirements.


New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade, Level 4) with strand in Maintenance Engineering

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 out lifting 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 Maintenance Engineering strand will also be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of current and appropriate maintenance engineering techniques, technologies, strategies, and practices for their industry to monitor, inspect, maintain and repair facilities or plant and equipment ensuring reliability.
  • Read and interpret complex drawings and schematics to identify and remedy faults, and to contribute to the identification of opportunities for continuous improvement.