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25 March 2024

Find out about the recruitment options for graduates and interns in the power engineering industry.


Companies listed here are all members of the Aruhiko – Power Engineering Excellence Trust (PEET). PEET activities are supported through a collaborative partnership with the EPECentre, the student interface at UC.

Generation and Transmission
Contact Energy

About Contact Energy

We believe: Home is the most important place in the world. It's our long-term vision to create and contribute to a better New Zealand. From the homes and communities, we live in, to the land and resources that future generations can enjoy.

Some of the good stuff: Leading the decarbonisation of Aotearoa, Opportunity to learn from and work with the smartest individuals in the industry globally, Flexible work isn't a benefit, it's a way of working.

The challenge: Our commitment to sustainability and decarbonisation means we have a responsibility to deliver to Aotearoa.


Graduate Programme

Our Graduate Programme is committed to providing a great foundation where you’ll be trained, supported, and mentored along with providing exciting challenges for you to reach your full potential. You will work with passionate members of the Contact Energy team who are excited to share their knowledge of the energy industry with you, we can guarantee no two days will be the same!

Our Graduate Programme commences in February 2024 and is an 18-month rotational programme. Graduates will complete 3 x 6-month rotations across three areas of the business unit they’ll be working in. At the conclusion of the programme, you will transition into a permanent role within the business.


Summer Internships

Our paid Summer Internship is geared toward students entering their 3rd & Final Years of study!

The programme is circa 10 weeks, starting in November 2023 and finishing in February 2024. 

We will provide you with a meaningful experience that helps you better understand Contact Energy, the energy industry, and betters Aotearoa.


Learn more

Learn about our Youth Development Programmes

See our Company Profile

Check our careers webpage for information:

Connect with Contact Energy on LinkedIn

Manawa Energy

(Formerly known as Trustpower)

Connect with Manawa Energy on LinkedIn

Meridian Energy

Our purpose: Clean energy for a fairer and healthier world

We believe that by doing the right thing by people and the planet, we're working to build a better future for our customers, communities, and environment.


What we do

All our electricity is generated from 100% renewable sources - wind, water and sun. Always will be.

We’re committed to sustainability and are active in the community, proudly supporting KidsCan and the Kākāpō Recovery Program; among others.


Graduate programme

If you're an engineering student in your final year of study we'd love to help kick-start your career with experience in the electricity industry.

Our three-year graduate programme offers:

  • an individual development plan tailored to you
  • on-the-job training mentoring and support
  • the chance to work with leading engineers in world-class renewable assets
  • work across our generation sites with rotations in Christchurch and Twizel
  • permanent opportunity following the 3-year graduate programme.


Summer internships

If you're studying engineering and in your second-to-last year, our summer internship is the programme for you! Get a taste of what it's like to work at Meridian with our internship programme, which runs from mid-November to mid-February. We are hiring eleven interns this year to work across our main sites in Twizel & Christchurch across our Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Automation and Data Engineering teams. The programme will push you to develop real-life business and technical skills whilst working across our amazing assets, meeting some awesome people and enjoying your summer!

Our summer internships are a great way to get a taste of Meridian and see if our graduate program is for you.


More information

Connect with Meridian Energy on LinkedIn and Instagram.


Transpower keeps New Zealand's energy flowing by:

  • transporting bulk electricity from where it is generated (by companies like Meridian Energy and Mighty River Power) to cities, towns and some major industrial users (like New Zealand Steel)
  • connecting with smaller lines companies (like Vector) who package and deliver that power to the doorsteps of New Zealand's homes and businesses
  • managing New Zealand's power system (as the System Operator) so that electricity is delivered whenever and wherever needed, 24/7.


Graduate programme

As a graduate working for us, you'll get the opportunities, experience and support to kick-start your career and achieve your goals. Right from day one, you'll be given challenging work and take on real responsibilities that will accelerate your learning.

During our 2-year programme, you'll rotate through various areas of the business. You'll gain a broad knowledge of what we do, how we work, and who we work with. By working in different areas in the business you'll get the chance to explore how you wish to shape your future with us.

For more information see Transpower Graduate Programme and Scholarships webpage or the Transpower page on NxtStep.


Summer Internships

Check our careers webpage for information on Summer Internships.


More information

Connect with Transpower on LinkedIn

Whakamana i Te Mauri Hiko - Empowering our Energy Future

Alpine Energy

We're a community-owned and operated company which manages the electricity distribution network in South Canterbury.

The network connects over 31,000 customers throughout the region. Our subsidiary contracting company NETcon provides a wide range of network and electrical services while our other subsidiary, Infratec, delivers renewable technology projects in New Zealand and overseas.


More information

Connect with Alpine Energy on Facebook and LinkedIn.

EA Networks

EA Networks, the trading name for Electricity Ashburton Ltd, is a locally owned co-operative network company based in Mid Canterbury, New Zealand.

EA Networks owns and operates the region's electricity distribution network and an advanced fibre optic communications network.

Our people are critical to ensuring we deliver world-class infrastructure which is reliable and accessible throughout the Mid Canterbury region. Our dedicated staff are always looking at ways of improving our network and services to do things better, faster or more efficiently.

Our company values and leadership team inspire us to keep creating innovative solutions which set benchmarks in our industry.

We are seeking highly motivated people to join our innovative, friendly and dedicated team.


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Horizon Networks

What we do

We are New Zealand's most trusted multi-discipline infrastructure services partner.

With strong regional roots and an agile organisational structure, Horizon Energy Group's purpose driven business units are well placed to support our customers recovery in a Post Covid World. 

We are proud of our heritage that spans over 85 years in the creation, management, and operation of infrastructure.

As an intergenerational business, our owners Trust Horizon are focussed on ensuring that all returns derived from the operation of the Group is reinvested back into the very community that has supported the growth and develpment of Horizon Energy Group.

Over the years, we have diversified our services, and today the Group comprises a portfolio of specialised service providers that touch every part of the economy and are renowned for innovation, quality, and 24/7 support that is underpinned by the TRUST that our customers have bestowed on us.

As a group we have a very simple purpose, to create enduring value for our communities and by partnering with us you can have the confidence we will be around for many years to come to support your needs. 


More information

Connect with us on LinkedInFacebook

See our video on Welcome to Horizon Energy Group


MainPower has been distributing electricity to the North Canterbury region for almost 100 years. We deliver electricity to over 42,000 homes and businesses via 5,121 kilometres of overhead lines and underground cables, across a geographic area of 11,180 square kilometres. Our network area spans from north of the Waimakariri River, through the Waimakariri and Hurunui districts to Kaikōura.

The MainPower team is made up of around 160 dedicated field and office-based staff, spread between three depots in Rangiora (head office), Culverden and Kaikoura.

MainPower is one of the largest employers in North Canterbury.


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Marlborough Lines

Marlborough Lines operates a dynamic network in an environment that often requires innovative thinking to meet some tough challenges. We're a forward-thinking and ambitious organisation, with a focus on being the best in all we do.

Our objective is to deliver sustainable regional growth and equity through people, technology, and environmental leadership. For the Marlborough region to grow in a decarbonised world, MLL intends to provide a resilient, reliable, and future-proofed electricity network. We use technological and commercial innovation to empower our customers and accelerate electrification.

We're based in sunny Blenheim, a truly beautiful part of the country, dominated by vineyards, rivers and the Mt Richmond mountain range, close to the stunning Marlborough Sounds. The region offers a great lifestyle for individuals and families - there's always plenty to do!


Graduate Development Programme and Summer Internships

We provide structured career paths and a two-year Graduate Development Programme for Electrical Engineers. We provide Summer Intern positions to suitable applicants.

If you are a year 12 or year 13 student from one of Marlborough’s Colleges interested in Marlborough Lines support of your professional engineering career, get in touch with our Recruitment Manager or Engineering Manager before 1st August to see if you meet our criteria for career support. Through our Tertiary Study Awards MLL supports local students embarking on tertiary study, which we see as an important aspect of growing Marlborough and helping young Marlburians achieve success in their chosen field.

Each year we select one recipient from each of Marlborough Boys’ College, Marlborough Girls’ College and Queen Charlotte College from a selection of candidates recommended by the colleges. Successful recipients receive an annual amount for the duration of their degree, provided specified criteria are met.

When appropriate we also employ tertiary students during the summer holidays. 

If you are a Second or Third Year electrical engineering student and interested in a summer internship and possibly our Graduate Development Programme, get in touch with our HR Manager or Engineering Manager before November.

If you are a Fourth Year electrical engineering student and interested in being taken on by Marlborough Lines and entering our Graduate Development Programme, get in touch with our HR Manager or Engineering Manager before September.


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Connect with us on LinkedIn or visit our website  

See our video on MLL or to learn more about New Zealand’s most well-known region check out or

Network Tasman

Network Tasman owns and operates the electricity distribution network in the wider Nelson and Tasman areas, excluding Nelson Electricity's supply area in Nelson city. Our distribution network distributes power to approximately 40,000 consumer connections in an area of 10,800 km2 in the northwestern corner of the South Island. Network Tasman itself is wholly owned by the Network Tasman Trust.


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Network Waitaki

Network Waitaki is a community owned company that has been distributing electricity to the North Otago region for 100 years. We deliver electricity to over 13,500 homes and businesses via nearly 2,000 km's of overhead lines and underground cables, across a geographic area of the Waitaki District centered at Oamaru. Our network area spans south of the Waitaki River, from the alps at Ohau, through to the coast at Moeraki, south of Oamaru.

The Network Waitaki team is made up of around 90 dedicated field and office-based staff, with the majority based at Oamaru.


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Northpower operates and maintains both the electricity distribution and fibre networks in the Whangarei and Kaipara region with more than 61,000 connected customers. We also operate an electricity generation (hydro) plant at Wairua in Northland.

We provide specialist contracting services to our partners - other network owners and operators - across the North Island of New Zealand. This includes innovative inspection network services, inspection technologies and electrical contracting services (distribution, transmission, fibre and gas).

We helped establish Whangarei as New Zealand's first ultra-fast broadband city and have over 21,000 customers connected to our fibre network across Whangarei and Kaipara.

We're a vibrant company and one of New Zealand's most innovative electricity and fibre communications businesses.

Safety, team, trust and accountability are the core values that underpin the culture at Northpower. People thrive because of the tight team spirit and ability to advance through ongoing training and study.

We've expanded from our Northland home base and grown into a multi-million dollar business working with Australasia's largest electricity networks. We now have around 1,300 staff and 13 depots across the North Island of New Zealand.


More information

Connect with Northpower on LinkedInFacebook (Northpower) and Facebook (Northpower Careers).


Orion plays a vital role in supplying electricity to our communities in Canterbury. We seek diversity of thought and encourage an inclusive and flexible working environment. This together with our adaptable approach positions us well for the future. We are committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and we seek to engage, build strong relationships and work together to create the best outcomes. With a strong commitment to our community, we continually strive towards a sustainable future that can be shared by all.

We are looking for students for summer work experience, studying towards a formal engineering qualification, who have a passion for electricity distribution and are keen to get some practical experience in a business that is planning for a Powerful Future. Where possible, we work with students to match them with teams relevant to their study area.


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We aim to provide the best energy distribution service to our customers. To be the best, we work with the best.

Exceeding customer expectations, whether it is one of our 442,000 customers or supporting our teams to deliver a safe and reliable energy supply is a priority. If you also have the desire to do this, we want to hear from you.

We have more than 450 employees working in a range of areas including finance, gas, electricity, network operations, administration, Information Systems, health and safety and regulatory.

We offer a Graduate Programme for Electrical Engineers and each year we have 10-15 Summer Intern positions available across our whole business.


Graduate programme

Check our Powerco Graduate Programme career page.

See our video on what it's like to be a Graduate Engineer at Powerco.


Summer Interns

Each year, Powerco offers interns the opportunity to work with our experienced and friendly staff between November and February. Check the Powerco Vacancies Page to see when positions become available.


More information

Connect with us on YouTubeFacebook and LinkedIn.


New Zealand's fourth-largest Electricity Management and Distribution company. We build, maintain and manage assets across Southland, West Otago, Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Stewart Island on behalf of our network owners. We proactively identify opportunities to enhance investment outcomes for shareholders, monitoring and managing these investments. It's a responsibility we're proud to have.


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Unison owns and operates the electricity network that distributes electricity to Hawke's Bay, Taupo and Rotorua. We are one of 27 distribution companies in New Zealand with more than 15 electricity retailers operating on our network.

At Unison we are passionate about enabling our communities to prosper and to achieve this, we know that great performance comes from great people.

We offer a range of office and field-based opportunities whether you're experienced, a recent graduate, still studying or looking for a career change.


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Wellington Electricity

Wellington Electricity is an electricity distributor - our core business is to manage the poles, wires and equipment that safely deliver electricity to about 166,000 homes and businesses in the Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua regions of New Zealand.

We know that our people are our greatest asset and our organisation provides an exciting and innovating place to work.

In order for us to provide a highly reliable and safe electricity distribution network, we need highly talented and collaborative people working with us. We offer a competitive remuneration package and provide ongoing training for the diverse and challenging roles we offer. We have a strong community focus and a robust Health and Safety profile.


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Others (Consulting, Contracting, etc)

AECOM are a global multi-disciplinary consultancy with offices in NZ and Australia. We have a large power transmission and distribution team as well as industrial and power generation teams. We work for a large number of clients both in NZ and Australia. We are able to give people the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide variety of clients and work type. One of AECOM's core values is to value their people and this is taken seriously in terms of ensuring people have a defined career development path, and adequate support and training to be successful in their role.


Graduate Programme and Summer Internships

Our 2-year graduate program exposes graduates to the wider AECOM business and helps to build connections and plan your development in a structured way. We also have a formal mentor program to ensure you have support in navigating the early stages of your career. 

We believe in the importance of work/life balance and having fun. We have an active social club who organize regular social events.

We have a summer intern program and take on students in all of our offices – Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton.

Check our careers webpage for current opportunities.


Our career development philosophy is simple, you own your own career! Our Summer Student Development Programme offers you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the consulting environment and how your studies are applied in the real world. We’ve got over 1,500 technical gurus, so you'll have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the industry. You will gain invaluable experience from our multidisciplinary support network who work across a huge range of markets, from water, defence, education, healthcare, transportation and infrastructure, to food and beverage and power. We care about your development! Our Summer Student Development Programme has been running for the past three years and will see you working with other students on a real business problem facing our industry, attending networking events, interactive workshops and even a Beca Summer Student conference! You have the opportunity to be part of our lively social scene. Each office has a social club that organises a range of activities, from ski trips and dragon boating to cocktail parties, a mid-winter ball, movie nights and comedy shows.


Graduate Programme & Summer Internships

Check out our website for all the information on our graduate programme and summer internship opportunities at Beca:


More information

Connect with Beca on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Connetics' core business is the design, construction, and maintenance of electrical infrastructure assets for customers throughout Aotearoa. When combined with our world-renowned Design and Engineering Consultancy and Supply and Logistics Capability, Connetics is uniquely positioned to provide turn-key solutions to clients across all commercial and industrial spheres.

With depots in Wellington, Central Otago, Westport, Paraparaumu and Christchurch our purpose is to deliver energy solutions for our communities. We aim to exceed our customers' current and future needs by innovating, designing and delivering electrical projects and proactively harnessing opportunities in the fast-evolving energy landscape.

Connetics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orion NZ Ltd which operates within an Orion Group ecosystem as the electricity distribution services unit.

The Orion Group purpose to power a cleaner and brighter future with our community captures the contribution we want to make to the well-being and prosperity of our community. We are committed to taking the lead in sustainability and delivering innovative future energy services.


More information

Connect with Connetics on LinkedInFacebook or Instagram

Edison Consulting

Edison is a trusted partner to the energy sector, delivering exciting and varied projects and services across the electricity supply industry. We are known in the industry as a company that steps up and gets the job done with practical, workable solutions. As a friendly, helpful bunch of committed engineers, we have developed a relaxed family culture that offers flexible working, and plenty of professional and personal development opportunities.

For over 25 years our team and culture have been key ingredients of our success and the reason why experienced engineers choose Edison.


Summer Internships

We occasionally offer summer opportunities.  Please check out our website to see what opportunities are available. You can also email your CV to


More information

Connect with Edison Consulting on LinkedIn.


The EEA is committed to providing the New Zealand electricity supply industry with expertise, advice and information on technical, engineering and safety issues affecting the electricity industry. To do this we work with and represent over 50 Corporate Member organisations and more than 400 individual professional members.

The issues we cover focus around engineering, technical and health and safety and the EEA provides an "electricity supply industry voice" to the Government, regulators, stakeholders, professional bodies and the media. The EEA also provides an extensive range of publications for the industry and public use, actively represents New Zealand in the national and international Standard development process and organise professional development training for industry staff.

Joining as a student is free and gives you free access to resources and events. You can as well join as a graduate and get 2 years free.


ElectroNet has established itself as a premier HV electrical engineering design services provider in New Zealand and is an ideal place for any engineer to further their career. We are proudly New Zealand owned and operated and have been dedicated to the power industry for over 30 years, with all of our profits staying in New Zealand, to benefit our community ownership. As part of the ElectroNet Group, we can work on design/build projects as one team, alongside the contracting arms of our Group, from concept to commissioning, providing practical experience for our team and excellent outcomes for our clients. We also provide pure designs, expert advice and technical assistance, as a professional consultancy.

We are pioneering the future and are a part of some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programmes, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We undertake work for most of NZ’s major utilities and are at the forefront of the renewables boom underway in Australia and New Zealand.

We are ever-growing, with offices based in Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, and Auckland. Our team is diverse, dynamic, and innovative. We thrive on a challenge and are passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of New Zealanders and Australians, by empowering the renewable energy transition.

We are proud to have a workplace which encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity, fun and overall employee wellbeing. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to. 

Think you've got what we're looking for?  Ask about starting your career at ElectroNet.

We advertise positions available on SeekLinkedIn and our company website.


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Hiko Power Engineering

For over 80 years Hiko Power Engineering (formerly Hamer Power Engineering) has supplied the power industry with electrical equipment, components, and tools. We work closely with our customers and our international supply partners to develop and supply quality products and solutions for New Zealand's electricity networks.

Our diverse and capable team includes degree qualified electrical engineering and operations management, as well as registered electrician and test technician skills. Technical, logistical and customer management specialists are located in Auckland and Christchurch. Our technical team's engineering expertise and experience with our applications is well known and allows us to provide robust and responsive technical support.

By working with our customers and with respected industry partners we deliver comprehensive training, installation and certification to ensure that the most current information and techniques are delivered to the end-user. This approach also allows us to offer manufacturer-backed extended warranties.

At Hiko Power Engineering we deliver certainty, reliability and long-term value based on the products that we supply and on the technical support that we provide.


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Niko Electrical Engineering Consultants

Niko Engineering Limited (formerly Tesla Consultants Limited) has been undertaking engineering services continuously in New Zealand since 1994. 

With over 50 engineering staff available, Niko provides specialist engineering services to the high voltage electrical industry across all requirements of distribution, transmission, generation, and related power utility clients.

Nikos main office is in Hamilton (Hamilton East). We also have CBD offices located at Auckland (Newmarket) and Christchurch (Sydenham).


Graduate programme

We welcome contact from anyone interested in joining us or enquiring about our Graduate programme and internship opportunities.


More information

Connect with Niko on LinkedIn.


Electrix, trading as Omexom New Zealand, is a leading provider of engineering, construction and maintenance services to asset owners in the utility, industrial, commercial, resources, and infrastructure sectors. We have been in business in New Zealand since 1955 and became part of the multinational VINCI Group in 2014. Growth is an important part of our strategy as we continue to extend our capability and explore opportunities in new markets, while bringing extensive experience and expertise to projects, and longevity to customer relationships.


Summer Internships

Five internships are available during summer. These are advertised in July on


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Connect with Omexom on LinkedIn.


PBA is an HV equipment and service provider operating throughout Australasia supplying leading technical expertise and specialised equipment focusing on HV engineering and asset management needs.


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Our vision at PSC is to empower people to transform the energy industry so that, together, we will power a sustainable world.  PSC started in New Zealand and is now a global company with offices in Australia, Singapore, UK, Canada and North America. As a consultancy company, we help utilities and energy companies thrive in a rapidly changing industry. We work across the industry including Generation, Distribution and Transmission. With specific services including:

  • Operational Technologies (SCADA, IT and Telecommunications)
  • Power Networks (Systems studies, Generator testing)
  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • HVDC (with projects worldwide)
  • Market Systems (software development and strategy)

At PSC you can develop your skills and take them to the world!


Summer Student and Graduate Programme

We have up to two summer students and up to two graduates each year in New Zealand. If your keen for a position then apply using the appropriate link on the PSC careers page.


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Connect with PSC on LinkedIn

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