Now more than ever, the importance of understanding what engineers do and how much their work impacts everyday life is essential to ensuring New Zealand remains safe and supported for years to come. With the ever increasing demand for qualified engineers, the Government and industry bodies have been working together to create alternative streams which lead to a career in engineering. If you are interested in a career in engineering, research below to find out more about the paths to joining the industry.


Traditional Pathways

The most traditional path towards becoming an engineer is through Tertiary degree at University. The current data shows that on average, about 1,500 students per year graduate with a degree in engineering. Of the traditional pathway through University, there are a number of different programmes to choose between, in addition to the decision of what discipline within engineering to focus on. 



You can explore the Future in Tech website, which is a great source of information for those considering a career in engineering. It too offers various institutions and the programmes that are offered to join the engineering industry. Future in Tech also offers resources for those currently in the industry who want to give back to the next generation of engineering students. Find more information by clicking on the respective logo above to be redirected to that website.


Bridging Pathways

Another means to becoming an engineer is through a bridging pathway. Sometimes we start down a path, only to realise it isn't quite for us. New Zealand Government and industry see the great need to produce and lead more people into an engineering related career and have developed several bridging programmes to achieve just that. If you are currently in a different industry but interested in making the switch to engineering, learn more about the alternate paths through the Education 2 Employment (E2E) website. In addition to E2E, you can view some interesting careers that you might now have thought are related to engineering on the Make the World website


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Student Award - AECOM/ACE New Zealand Best Practical Work Report Award

ACE New Zealand contributes to the future of the engineering industry in a number of ways. If you are a student of engineering, ACE New Zealand has a fourth year student award you can apply for, after completing your practical work assignment. The AECOM/AC New Zealand Practical Work Report Award. 

This award encourages the next generation of consultants and engineers to develop good written communication skills. Concise, readable reports are essential to the businesses of consulting and engineering. ACE New Zealand seeks to enhance engineering consultancy through superior business skills, technical expertise and professional standards. Above all ACE New Zealand recognises the importance of communication skills in conveying a technical proposal or solution to an ever more discerning customer. Fourth-year students pursuing a Washington Accord Bachelor of Engineering who have completed their practical work requirement with an ACE New Zealand member firm are encouraged to apply.

If you are a student interested in applying for this award, please see your Practical Work Coordinator or similar University staff. It's important to note that your practical work must be done with an ACE New Zealand Member to qualify. You can find a list of all current ACE New Zealand Members here. The University selects up to six student reports to turn into ACE New Zealand for evaluation. The 2018 process has not yet begun. Posters and entry forms will become available from your Practical Work Coordinator at your University in November 2017 or January/February 2018. Up to three winners are chosen, each to receive a cash prize of $1,500 NZD, complimentary registration to attend the ACE New Zealand Annual Conference, plus travel and accommodation for one night to attend the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner (where their award will be presented among the leaders of the industry). Full terms and conditions can be found on the entry form pamphlet.


Past Student Winners


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2016 Winning students, left to right: Scott Cameron (University of Auckland), Natalie Oliver-Caldwell (University of Auckland), and Theodore Carlos (University of Auckland). 2015 Winning students, left to right: Robyn Findlay (University of Auckland), Sarah Novis (University of Auckland), and Luke Boyle (University of Auckland). 2014 Winning students, left to right: Tony Fu(University of Auckland), and Vivienne Jones (University of Auckland), not pictured is Harriet Ingham (University of Auckland). 2013 Winning students, left to right: Ben MacLaren (University of Auckland) and Lara Bussen (University of Auckland), not pictured is Charlotte Davis (University of Auckland).

Congratulations to our winners!