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.

Manufacturing:

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.

Technology:

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

What industries could I work in?

Manufacturing

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.

Technology

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.

 

2

3–4–5

5–6

7

8–10

 
NCEA Level 2
Certificate
Diploma
Degree
Postgraduate degree

Aeronautical Engineer

     

Agricultural Engineer

     

 

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

 

   

Architect

     

Architectural Technician

   

 

Automotive Electrician

     

Automotive Technician

     

Automotive Refinisher

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Baker

     

Biochemist

     

Biomedical Engineer

     

Biomedical Technician (Mechanical and Electronic)

   

 

Biotechnologist

     

Boat Builder

     

Boiler Attendant

     

Brewer

 

Business Analyst

     

Butcher

     

Cabinet Maker

     

Chemical Engineer

     

Chemical Production Operator

     

Chemist

     

Civil Engineer

     

Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson

   

 

Clothing Designer

 

Clothing Marker/Cutter

   

Clothing Pattern Maker

   

Coachbuilder/Trimmer

     

Collision Repair Technician

 

     

Crane Operator

 

   

Dairy Products Maker

   

Electrical Engineer

     

 

Electrical Engineering Technician

   

 

Electrician

 

     

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

 

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Graphic Pre-Press Worker

     

Importer/Exporter

 

 

Industrial Designer

     

Industrial Spray Painter

     

Information Technology Architect

   

 

Information Technology Manager

   

Information Technology Helpdesk/ Support Technician

 

   

Jeweller

 

Joiner

     

Lift Technician

     

Light Technician

 

Line Mechanic

 

     

Locksmith

 

     

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

     

Printer

     

Product Assembler

     

Production Manager

   

 

Project Manager

   

 

Pulp and Paper Mill Operator

     

Purchasing/Supply Officer

 

Recycler/Dismantler

         

Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician

     

Saw Doctor

     

Science Technician

   

 

Screen Printer

     

Sewing Machinist

     

Software Developer

   

 

Systems Administrator

   

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Tailor/Dressmaker

 

Technical Writer

     

 

Telecommunications Engineer

   

 

Telecommunications Technician

 

     

Test Analyst

   

 

Toolmaker

 

     

Tyre Technician

       

Upholsterer

     

Watchmaker and Repairer

     

Water/Waste Water Treatment Operator

 

 

 

Web Developer

   

 

Welder

     

Winemaker

 

 

Wood Machinist

     

Wood Processing Worker

       

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