Jobs in Manufacturing and Technology


“It blows me away each time we roll out a finished aircraft. It’s awesome to be able to say ‘I helped build that beautiful machine’ – just awesome.” 


Dwayne Griffiths, 21, Pacific Aerospace 


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 Manufacturing and Technology pathway.


Assembler, appliance servicing, butcher, baker, designer, electrician, electrotechnology, engineer, supporting the engineering industry, industrial measurement or control, fixing machines, fabrication, fitter, inventory, logistics, machine operator, making, erecting, and rigging steel, meat inspection, packing, processing, production planner, production manager, purchaser, quality control, shipping and receiving, testing, warehouse stock controller.


Biotechnologist, designer, food technologist, telecommunications technician, production technologist, medical technologist.

What industries could I work in?


You could be making products in any of these industries: Aircraft manufacture, baking, boatbuilding, marine products, clothing, textiles, footwear and leather, concrete, dairy, defence force, electronics, food and beverage, glass, machinery and equipment, mechanical engineering, metal and related products, paint, petrol, chemicals and plastics, pharmaceutical, specialised crafts like jewellery, watches, furniture, upholstery, musical instruments, sports equipment, transport, wood and paper, medical instrumentation.


You could be working in, or designing for: Aeronautical and automotive engineering, clean or “green” technologies, computer-aided design, defence force products, engineering, electrotechnology, information and communications technology, marine technology, nanotechnology, robotics, software.

Where might I end up?

You can start off in a basic job and work your way through to owning your own company. Or you can stay in the job and be happy knowing exactly what’s expected of you every day. Within any manufacturing or technology career you can move from industry to industry, and job to job.

You could go on to be a:

  • supervisor, manager, business owner, scientist, or director of the board.
Job profiles for the Manufacturing and Technology 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.







NCEA Level 2
Postgraduate degree

Aeronautical Engineer


Agricultural Engineer



Aircraft Maintenance Engineer





Architectural Technician



Automotive Electrician


Automotive Technician


Automotive Refinisher






Biomedical Engineer


Biomedical Technician (Mechanical and Electronic)





Boat Builder


Boiler Attendant




Business Analyst




Cabinet Maker


Chemical Engineer


Chemical Production Operator




Civil Engineer


Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson



Clothing Designer


Clothing Marker/Cutter


Clothing Pattern Maker




Collision Repair Technician



Crane Operator



Dairy Products Maker


Electrical Engineer



Electrical Engineering Technician






Electronics Engineer



Electronics Trades Worker


Energy and Chemical Plant Operator


Engineering Machinist


Environmental Engineer



Fabrication Engineer


Food and Beverage Factory Worker


Food Technologist


Fork-Lift Operator



Furniture Finisher


Game Developer



Geospatial Specialist



Glass Processor


Graphic Designer





Graphic Pre-Press Worker





Industrial Designer


Industrial Spray Painter


Information Technology Architect



Information Technology Manager


Information Technology Helpdesk/ Support Technician







Lift Technician


Light Technician


Line Mechanic






Marine Engineer



Meat Inspector



Meat/Seafood Process Worker


Mechanical Engineer


Mechanical Engineering Technician



Medical Laboratory Scientist



Metal Worker


Network Administrator



Picture Framer


Plastics Technician



Plastics Worker


Print Finisher




Product Assembler


Production Manager



Project Manager



Pulp and Paper Mill Operator


Purchasing/Supply Officer




Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician


Saw Doctor


Science Technician



Screen Printer


Sewing Machinist


Software Developer



Systems Administrator






Technical Writer



Telecommunications Engineer



Telecommunications Technician



Test Analyst






Tyre Technician




Watchmaker and Repairer


Water/Waste Water Treatment Operator




Web Developer








Wood Machinist


Wood Processing Worker


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