JP Marshall Engineering in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest and most experienced steel fabricators and commercial and industrial engineering providers. With more than 65-years-experience, the JPM team has the right infrastructure and skills to solve even the toughest engineering problems.

JPM offers services including:

  • Design
  • Laser cutting
  • CNC pressing
  • CNC machining
  • Welding
  • Project management
  • Installation
  • Site services

So, a great variety of work for bright young people keen to kick start their engineering careers!

Jade Burns

Heavy Fabrication Apprentice



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Get yourself out there and get stuck in!

A Chat with Jade about his role

Jade Burns
Former Hamilton Boys High School student
Heavy Fabrication Apprentice

What got you interested in this career?

I’ve been working at JP Marshall for about three years now, and before this I studied for two years doing a Bachelor of Engineering. However, I soon realised that I prefer the more hands-on work. I started at Marshall Profiling as a laser operator and now here I am.

What have you learnt on the job?

How to problem solve on a day-to-day basis, and how to work in a team-based environment.

What sort of person do you need to be for this type of work?

You’ve got to be hands-on, willing to learn and ready to soak everything up like a sponge!

What advice would you give someone deciding on their career?

Give it a lot of thought before committing to anything long term or serious. Don’t jump into study if you’re not sure about it. You have plenty of time.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

Getting used to the industry was probably the biggest challenge to start with. Adjusting to working on the practical side of things instead of everything being computer and theory based.

What do you like most about working at JP Marshall?

It’s a real family-based environment and everyone gets along. I also really enjoy the variety of work that we produce.

What does someone need to know when starting out at work?

Show up on time and be ready to learn!


Where would you like to go with your career?

I’d like to gain a broader understanding of the industry and to have a good overview and understanding of what I’m doing and how the industry works.

Heavy Fabrication Engineers

“On a day to day basis, my job consists of..

Quite a variety of tasks! To put it plain and simple, fabricating and assembling engineering components. I enjoy it because it gets you thinking, and I get to work with my hands. I really like the practical side of this type of work!

Heavy Fabrication Apprentice

Skills, subjects and qualifications

JP Marshall are always keen to hear from enthusiastic young people who are keen to start a career in engineering.

Interested in a career here?

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Useful School Subjects

  • Maths
  • Calculus
  • Metal Technology
  • English
  • Physics

JP Marshall look for people who are:

  • Hands on
  • Willing to learn
  • Ready to soak everything up like a sponge!

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