Mataaro Pūhiko

Overview | He whakamārama

Electrical engineers design, construct and manufacture electrical systems. They also maintain, operate, and manage these systems (Careers NZ, 2020). Practically everything that plugs in from smartphones to electric vehicles, would not exist without electrical engineers.

The Work | Ngā mahi

As an electrical engineer, you will:

  • Develop methods that support the generation and distribution of electricity
  • Develop engineering plans and oversee their implementation
  • Estimate the cost of projects, including materials and resources needed
  • Oversee tests on our electrical systems as well as rectifying faults
  • Working Environment | Wāhi mahi

    In the ever-evolving energy sector, no two days are the same. Working conditions are normally project dependent. A big project could see them spending up to 90% of their time on-site and only 10% in the office.

    Electrical engineers spend two weeks of the month in the office and the other two weeks on-site at our various power schemes, maintaining and designing electrical systems.

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    Tools and Equipment | Taputapu

    Electrical engineers work on a variety of systems so need different tools. You’d find screwdrivers, insulation tape, wrenches, cutters, and cable ties in their work kits.


    Electrical engineers wear steel cap boots, a hard hat and bright orange overalls.

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