Graduate Engineer

Join Niko Engineering Limited: Powering Excellence in New Zealand’s Electrical Industry

We take immense pride in delivering high quality specialist services to clients spanning power transmission, generation, and distribution. As a respected consultant we are privileged to be able to work with industry leading companies such as Transpower, Mercury, Genesis, Meridian, and Eastland Generation. 

Currently Niko is delivering substation designs and upgrades from 11 kV through to 220 kV. We design protection upgrades for several of New Zealand’s biggest generators, and grid connections for solar, wind, and BESS Technologies for various clients. Niko expects to shortly start the design for a new substation as part of Transpower’s early adoption of their new digital substation technology. By joining Niko, you will be involved in designing and delivering interesting projects with novel technologies, throughout New Zealand.

Niko has a wide-spread ownership structure, with most staff having shares. This approach has cultivated a team of seasoned specialists committed to excellence. We prioritise delivering quality, offering enriching opportunities and fostering professional growth across our team, and you can be a part of this. 

Visit www.niko.nz to discover more about Niko’s values and the impactful work we undertake.

The opportunity we offer: 

We are looking for one or two talented Graduate Engineers to join our team, located in Hamilton or Christchurch.

As part of our graduate development program, you will work alongside some of New Zealand’s leading electrical engineers, who will share their knowledge with you.  You will undertake a variety of work associated with the electrical engineering field with exposure to primary and secondary systems, earthing, protection, generation, and control systems.

In this role, you won’t be restricted to one area of work.  Instead, you’ll explore diverse aspects of power system engineering. Your key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical support and engineering solutions for power industry projects. This includes site visits to review installations and, where necessary, conduct testing.
  • Take an active role in creating detailed designs, starting from grasping customer requirements to delivering engineering analysis and solutions. You will assist in the preparation of engineering design documentation, perform engineering calculations, and manage equipment sizing and selection, leveraging a variety of Power System Analysis tools for in-depth power systems analysis.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with our clients, ensuring clear communication and effective coordination of projects. Your ability to understand and meet client needs will be key to fostering long-term partnerships.

This role is designed to contribute significantly to our projects while fostering your personal and professional development. You’ll receive tailored coaching that acknowledges your strengths, supports your learning journey, and guides you towards becoming a future leader in the New Zealand Power Industry. Our goal is to nurture individuals who are not only proficient in engineering but are also equipped to lead the industry forward.

Niko Culture:

Niko is a niche consultant specialising in the electricity industry, with a dedicated team of 55 staff. We are passionate and committed to doing excellent work.  However, being part of Niko isn’t just about the work we deliver. Our team has a strong culture of collaboration and fun. Both our Hamilton and Christchurch offices have regular social engagements such as going out for Friday lunch, Friday evening games on the office pool table, or a trip to the local climbing wall.

Niko organises a number of social outings with staff to foster our team culture. As an example, in 2024 between the offices we have a fishing trip in the Coromandel, weekends in Kaikoura or Taupo, a beginner’s tramping trip, and a weekend cycle ride. At Niko, we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive environment where every team member can thrive.

Join Us: Are You the Perfect Fit?

We’re on the lookout for an exceptional candidate who aligns with our vision and values. Our ideal candidate possesses the following:

  • A Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology degree or be in your final year of study with the expectation that you will complete the above courses successfully in the next 12 months.
  • A passion for the electricity industry.
  • The capability to problem solve, take the initiative, and to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and computer skills.
  • A strong desire for continuous learning and development.

Previous Experience: 

For this role we don’t need you to have experience in industry. However, we are keen to consider those with some industry experience through previous employment or industry placements.

Niko Engineering Limited offer:

  • Competitive salary and additional financial perks, including mobile phone accounts and complimentary medical insurance.
  • Professional and technical development opportunities, with guidance from seasoned peers to support your career advancement.
  • Effective coaching programs aimed at passing on skills and knowledge to ensure the sustainability of our engineering consultancy.
  • Personalised coaching plans tailored to support your strengths, foster learning, and facilitate professional growth.
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth, with the chance to take on increased responsibilities as you expand your competencies.
  • Strong encouragement and support for career advancement, including the development of new skills and the acquisition of fresh knowledge. Participation in professional training and involvement in engineering bodies/organisations is highly encouraged and supported.

To Apply: 

If you’re a graduate or final year student eager to make a meaningful impact in the electricity industry and embrace a challenging yet rewarding opportunity, we invite you to submit your application. Become part of Niko’s journey towards excellence and growth.

To apply, please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to careers@niko.nz. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

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