Mechanical Engineering Technician
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
12h ago

Pay for mechanical engineering technicians depends on where they work, and how much experience they have. According to industry sources :

  • Graduate mechanical engineering technicians can earn between $40,000 and $45,000 a year.
  • Mechanical engineering technicians with four to six years' experience can expect to earn between $60,000 and $80,000.
  • This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Mechanical engineering technicians may do some or all of the following :

  • oversee the assembly of machinery
  • make recommendations on how to improve machinery
  • calculate costs and the amount of equipment required to build machines
  • give advice on installing equipment and machinery
  • test and repair equipment and machines
  • monitor equipment and machines to improve mechanical processes
  • prepare drawings and develop machines according to requirements
  • prepare contracts and contact suppliers
  • plan and give advice on equipment and machinery maintenance work
  • supervise and work with staff at power and manufacturing plants.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Mechanical engineering technicians need to have :

  • understanding of different machines and how they work
  • knowledge of how to design, build and maintain machinery
  • knowledge of welding processes
  • knowledge of metals and their properties
  • knowledge of maths and physics.
  • Mechanical engineering technicians also need to keep up to date with changes in technology, equipment and manufacturing methods.

    Working conditions

    Mechanical engineering technicians :

  • usually work a regular 40-hour week, but some may do shift work.
  • usually work in workshops, factories, power plants, offices and on building sites.
  • may work in noisy and dirty conditions, and may have machinery that can be dangerous and needs to be handled with care.
  • may travel between local sites or overseas on contract.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a mechanical engineering technician you need to complete a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) (Mechanical).

    This qualification takes two years of full-time study to complete.

    Once on the job, mechanical engineering technicians can work towards completing the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP), which leads to certification as an engineering technician with the Institution of Professional Engineers of NZ (IPENZ).

    Secondary education

    To gain entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical), it is recommended that you have a minimum of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 in four subjects, including at least 12 credits in mathematics.

    Physics is also highly recommended, and technology subjects may be useful.

    Personal requirements

    Mechanical engineering technicians need to be :

  • practical and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to make decisions quickly and work well under pressure
  • good at problem-solving
  • patient and confident
  • motivated and disciplined
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • good with computers
  • good at technical drawing
  • well organised, with good communication and time management skills.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for mechanical engineering technicians includes :

  • work in an engineering workshop
  • any work using hand tools or operating machinery
  • welding and sheet metal work.
  • Physical requirements

    Some work situations may require mechanical engineering technicians to be agile and to work at heights.


    Mechanical engineering technicians can register as certified engineering technicians with the Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ).

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