Jobs in Construction and Infrastructure

 

Construction and Infrastructure small1“I love being able to work outside and being part of the environment. I hate being cooped up inside. In this job I get to do all the stuff I like to do with the sun on my back and I never have to wear a suit!

 

What work could I do? »

Find out what type of work you could do, and what roles you could end up in if you took the Construction and Infrastructure pathway.

Construction:

Labouring, building, demolition, electrical, excavation, concreting, landscape architect, interior designer, carpentry, plastering, painting, decorating, joinery, flooring, scaffolding, roofing, tiling, glazing, glass processing, brick-laying, plumbing, gas fitting, drain laying, drafting plans, quantity surveying, engineering, installing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, providing products or services to the industry.

Infrastructure:

Laying pipes, laying drains, road building and repair, building dams, wharves, airport runways, building and maintaining telecommunication and electricity networks.

Where might I end up?

You could be a:

  • foreperson, supervisor, manager, contractor, business owner, master builder, architect, architectural draughtsman, engineer, project manager in both construction and infrastructure. 
Job profiles for the Construction and Infrastructure sector »

Browse listings of jobs, link to information on the Careers New Zealand website, and see what level of qualification you might need for different jobs in this sector.

There are a huge number of roles and occupations available in this sector, ranging from entry level through to high level.

NCEA level 2 is the minimum you need for entry level jobs or apprenticeships. This gives you a good foundation in the skills and competencies you will need to go further. For other roles, you’ll definitely need to further your education after school by undertaking tertiary study, or training on the job.

More information about all the roles listed here can be found on the Careers New Zealand website, along with key information about the job, what it pays, and current opportunities. To find out the pay, prospects, and study costs of a number of jobs you can also check out the Occupation Outlook.

The asterisks in the following table show the level (or levels) of qualification usually associated with the role.

Sometimes you need a specific qualification to get into a job, but in many areas you can work towards higher qualifications by learning on the job. Check out the job profiles on Careers NZ, or talk to your careers advisor to find out more.

 

2

3–4–5

5–6

7

8–10

 
NCEA Level 2
Certificate
Diploma
Degree
Postgraduate degree

Architect

     

Architectural Technician

   

 

Boat Builder

     

Bricklayer

     

Building and Construction Labourer

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Building Contractor

     

Building Surveyor

 

 

Building Insulator

     

Cabinet Maker

     

Caretaker

       

Carpenter

     

Civil Engineer

     

Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson

   

 

Concrete Worker

     

Crane Operator

 

   

Diver

     

Driller

 

   

Earthmoving Machine Operator

     

Electrician

 

     

Energy Auditor

     

 

Environmental Engineer

     

Fabrication Engineer

     

Floor and Wall Tiler

     

Floor Covering Installer

     

Fork-Lift Operator

 

     

Glazier

     

Interior Designer

 

 

Joiner

     

Landscape Architect

     

 

Landscape Gardener

       

Lift Technician

     

Line Mechanic

 

     

Locksmith

 

     

Metal Worker

     

Mine/Quarry Manager

 

   

Miner/Quarry Worker

     

Mining Engineer

     

Naval Architect/Boat Designer

     

Painter and Decorator

     

Plasterer

     

Plumber, Gasfitter, and Drainlayer

 

     

Project Manager

   

 

Property Manager

 

 

Quantity Surveyor

   

 

Railway Shunter

 

     

Roading Construction Worker

     

Roadmarker

     

Roofer

     

Rubbish/Recycling Collector

         

Scaffolder

     

Stonemason

     

Survey Technician

   

   

Surveyor

     

 

Water/Waste Water Treatment Operator

 

     

Welder

     

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