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Recruiting in the New Zealand Engineering sector for over 25 years.

About the Engineering Industry in New Zealand

Engineering has been and continues to be one of the strongest areas of employment growth in New Zealand. The demand for engineers has been estimated at 1200 per year.

This demand is in line with trends internationally where engineering skills are in short supply.

New Zealand’s strong economy since 2011 has led to significant levels of government investment in large scale projects. This has created a demand in the water, transport and civil fields of engineering.

The Christchurch rebuild following the devastating effects of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 has been substantial, requiring a huge international influx of engineering capability. There are still many projects underway and planned with these needing the skills of primarily structural and civil engineers.


The Oil and Gas sector in New Zealand has traditionally required the skills of chemical and electrical engineers. The industry is primarily based in the Taranaki, however recent Government legislation has halted new Oil and Gas exploration and therefore we wait to see the impact on the engineering roles that have been core to this sector.

For Visa Applicants: Roles on the Skills Shortages List

If you are offered a job which appears on the list below, and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier. This is because the government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.


New Zealand’s Immigration skills shortage lists still show demand for engineering skills across all core engineering disciplines. Roles on the lists are:


  • Chemical Engineer

  • Materials Engineer

  • Civil Engineer

  • Geotechnical Engineer

  • Structural Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

  • Electronics Engineer

  • Industrial Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Production or Plant Engineer

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Engineering Professionals

  • Civil Engineering Technician

  • Electrical Engineering Technician

  • Electronic Engineering Technician

  • Civil Engineering Draughtsperson

  • Electrical Engineering Draughtsperson

  • Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson

  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

Industry Snapshots

  • 1300 per year - Demand for engineers

  • 90% - Of engineers in New Zealand are male

Featured Jobs

ASME IX Welder



Tradestaff Wellington are looking for ASME IX Welder for a client that has great contract with Tier 1 Clients on Critical Projects. Stainless steel department provides a carbon-free environment – essential for the fabrication of stainless steel and exotic alloys including titanium. Projects range...

Maintenance Planner


Maintenance Planning & Scheduling role, including staff and contractor coordination, H&S, Permits to Work, you will plan and make things happen.

Field Service Technician



Competitive hourly rate Time and a half, double time plus benefits galore Company Vehicle My client is on the look out for a switched-on, Field Service Engineer to work on a wide range of Compressed Air, Vaccum Pump, Blower & Generator Solutions. This role would suit someone who has a mechanical...

Civil Career Opportunities

Otago / Southland


Onestaff is a leading supplier of staff to a number of Civil Companies in Otago. Our clients range from large national organisations to locally owned operators.

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