From hands-on production and assembly to cutting-edge research, from massive machines and busy production lines to individual crafts or computer design, this industry covers a whole range of working styles and options.
There are a great mix of skilled roles across this sector, with something to suit everyone. If you have an interest in making things work, are inquisitive and able to think outside of the box then this may be the pathway for you. Having a good eye for detail, as well as technical skills, science skills and manual skills will help you progress in this industry.
Examples of jobs in this pathway include:
Assembler, appliance servicing, butcher, baker, designer, electrician, engineer, industrial measurement or control, machine fixing, fabrication, logistics, machine operator, inspection, packing, processing, production, planning, production manager, purchaser, quality control, shipping and receiving, testing, stock controller.
You could be making products for a huge range of industries including: aircraft manufacture, marine products, textiles, dairy, Defence Force, electronics, food, mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical, transport, medical instruments to name just a few.
Biotechnologist, food technologist, telecommunications technician, production technologist, medical technologist.
You could be working in or designing for the aeronautical and automotive industries, clean-green tech, Defence Force products, engineering, IT, marine technology, nanotechnology, robotics, software and much, much more.
Where might you end up?
This industry is the second largest employer in New Zealand, it’s a big growth area so futures in this pathway are bright.
You could start in an entry-level job and work your way up to being on the board of directors or even owning your own company. Within any manufacturing and technology career you can move from industry to industry and job to job thanks to the great transferrable skills you are gaining.