Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics
There is a mixture of skilled jobs across this sector… something to suit just about everyone. Careers in manufacturing, engineering and logistics offer opportunities to make new discoveries, solve problems and make a practical difference to the world around you.
Is a job in the manufacturing sector right for you? Find out!
- Interested in making things work
- Skilled with your hands
- Interested in innovation and improvement
- Passionate about the environment
- Able to think outside the box
- Comfortable using science and technology
- Interested in operating vehicles and specialised equipment
- Able to follow schedules and enjoy planning and using efficient systems
Do you have skills in the following areas?
- Manual skills
If you can tick some, or all, of the above, and you’re keen to learn and reliable, you are likely to be in demand in this booming sector!
Job and pay examples in Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics
|JOB||PAY PER YEAR||OPPORTUNITIES|
|Civil Engineering Technician||$50K to $110K||Good|
|Electrical Engineer||$50K to $200K||Good|
|Engineering Machinist||$44K to $103K||Good|
|Environmental Engineer||$45K to $160K||Good|
|Fabrication Engineer||$44K to $80K||Average|
|Fire Engineer||$70K to $180K||Good|
|Importer/Exporter||$44K to $75K||Average||???|
|Mechanical Engineering Technician||$45K to $140K||Good|
|Production Manager||$65K to $130K||Good|
|Refrigeration/Air conditioning Technician||$44K to $95K||Good|
|Welder||$44K to $70K||Good|
|JOB||PAY PER HOUR||OPPORTUNITIES|
|Automotive Electrician||$21 to $44||Good|
|Automotive Refinisher||$21 to $38||Good|
|Automotive Technician||$21 to $35||Good|
|Bus Driver||$21 to $24||Good|
|Delivery Driver||$21 to $25||Good|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||$22 to $43||Good|
|Forklift Operator||$21 to $22||Good|
|Furniture Packer/Mover||$21 to $26||Good|
|Heavy Truck Driver||$21 to $35||Good|
|Metal Worker||$21 to $29||Poor|
|Plastics Technician||$21 to $34||Good|
|Plastics Worker||$21 to $25||Average|
|Roading Construction||$21 to $24||Good|
|Tow Truck Operator||$21 to $35||Good|
Manufacturing jobs may be for you if you are interested in:
- wood, metals, textiles, chemicals or other materials
- making or processing food or beverages
- using technology to develop and monitor production
- working with your hands
- managing and planning production.
Did you know?
The manufacturing sector employs more than 25,000 people in the Waikato Region. This vital sector largely services on-farm engineering requirements, transportation, food processing and packaging.
In the year ending March 2018, Manufacturing contributed over $2.3 billion dollars to Waikato GDP (mbie.govt.nz).
Engineers are problem solvers – they apply technical and practical knowledge to solve real world problems and find new opportunities to improve the world around us.
The engineering industry is growing at an incredible pace and there is a critical demand for locally trained professionals. Many Waikato employers offer “earn as you learn” opportunities such as apprenticeships and internships.
Engineering Job Examples
Civil Engineers design, plan, organise and oversee the building of structures such as dams, bridges, gas and water supply systems, sewerage systems and roads.
Mechatronics Engineers combine mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering systems, alongside computer science, robotics and other technological disciplines, to create innovative and smart solutions. In Waikato mechatronics technology is useful for high-value food production (e.g. dairy) and forestry, as well as high-value manufacturing and infrastructure upgrade. Job examples include system engineer, computer-aided engineer, robotics engineer, automation engineer or product design and development.
Mechanical Engineers may weld, machine, bend, cut or shape light and heavy steel, including stainless, carbon or mild steel, aluminium and galvanised sheet, build special purpose machines or engage in precision tool making design and product development.
Electrical Engineers specify, design and supervise the construction or manufacture of systems and equipment that produce, distribute and/or use electricity. They also maintain, operate and manage these systems and equipment.
What’s your best advice to someone looking at this kind of work?
“Do your research first and pick up the tools to get some hands-on experience. That way you’ll work out what you like doing. Don’t be afraid to get yourself out there… go knock on doors and have a chat to local businesses.”
– Azaria Weston – Longveld Light Fabrication Apprentice
Transport and Logistics
Transport and logistics careers play a vital role in the New Zealand economy and there is a shortage of talent. Consequently, there is a drive for greater diversity of age and gender within companies. Candidates with suitable driving licences are in high demand, especially moving up the licensing chain to Class 5 (heavy combination vehicle).
Transport employs 108,000 people across New Zealand, 4% of the total workforce (mbie.govt.nz).
The Waikato region covers a large geographical area and encompasses several nationally important sectors. Our regional land transport system plays an important role in supporting the diverse transport needs of the region for our people and for the regional and national economy (waikatoregion.govt.nz).
Whether you are looking to study at the University of Waikato, Wintec Te Pūkenga, Vision College or gain a qualification that has a practical vocational focus there are many options within the Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics sector including:
» University of Waikato
› Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)
› Diploma in Engineering Management (Dip EM)
» Vision College
› NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
» Te Pūkenga
› Bachelor of Engineering Technology
› Graduate Diploma in Engineering Technology
› Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
› Mechanical Engineering (Level 5)
› Electrical Engineering (Level 3)
ABOUT WECA – Waikato Engineering Careers Association (WECA) members are engineering and manufacturing employers and educators committed to fostering a vibrant and sustainable engineering sector by attracting and developing engineers for the future.
Meet the young Waikato people working in Manufacturing and Engineering
WATCH: Waikato young people in Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics careers
Sources: careers.govt.nz, transport.govt.nz, weca.org.nz, Waikato.ac.nz, waikatoregion.govt.nz, wintec.ac.nz, youthguarantee.govt.nz
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