HV Cable Design Engineer (Principal, Senior or Intermediate Level)

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

We take immense pride in delivering great 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.

At Niko, our distinctive company structure sets us apart. Our senior staff operate on a fixed salary or a flexible remuneration scheme, where compensation reflects both the work they contribute and the experience they bring.

You have the autonomy to determine your weekly workload, as long as you maintain client satisfaction and team harmony. Additionally, most of our technical staff hold ownership stakes in the company, with share allocation tied to individual contributions rather than length of service. This means that newcomers like you have the potential to swiftly become owners in a successful business.

This innovative approach has cultivated a team of seasoned specialists committed to excellence. We prioritise delivering quality, offering enriching opportunities, fostering professional growth, and ensuring a superior work-life balance for all our team members.

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

The opportunity we offer: 

What sets Niko apart is our commitment to selecting clients and projects wisely, delivering high-quality work without compromising on unrealistic timeframes or workloads. We value expertise in engineering and prioritise timely project delivery to foster positive and productive client relationships.

Through our strong relationships and meticulous approach, we’ve earned great opportunities to use our skills and knowledge. We are trusted to provide advice and designs for our clients’ most important assets, including power cables at the highest system voltages in NZ.

Niko are aware that Transpower, Vector and many other clients have a large forward workload of HV cable projects. With these great current projects and excellent future opportunities, we are looking to grow our cable engineering capability.

The role:

We are currently seeking a talented engineer to join Niko Engineering as an HV Cable Design Engineer. Your role will centre on leading, executing, and contributing to upgrades and new site developments for both Transpower and our generation and distribution clients. Although your primary focus will be on HV (110kV and 220kV) cable projects, you will also provide your skills and experience to support MV (33kV and 11kV) cabling projects and will have the opportunity and variety of other substation projects should you choose.

Niko has the capacity to welcome either an intermediate, senior or principal engineer, offering you the chance to collaborate with and learn from experienced experts in primary systems and the broader New Zealand Electricity Industry. As the industry experiences significant growth driven by decarbonisation efforts and the maintenance of existing assets across hydro, geothermal, thermal, and wind sectors, Niko Engineering Limited is poised to expand its capabilities to support clients.

Key aspects of this role include:

  • Developing designs from option studies through to detailed designs, technical specifications, and reports for electrical upgrade and new build projects.
  • Communicating and coordinating project activities with others.
  • Developing relationships with our clients.
  • Preparation of proposals for design tenders.
  • Managing allocated time for tasks effectively.
  • Understanding and keeping abreast of International Standards, New Zealand and Australian Standards, and legislative requirements.
  • Carrying out quality assurance reviews of work by other Engineers.

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 qualities:

  • Chartered Engineer or working towards accreditation.
  • Tertiary qualified in Electrical Engineering preferred; significant industry experience considered.
  • Passion for the electricity industry, problem-solving, and demonstrates initiative.
  • Capable of both independent work and collaboration.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and computer skills.
  • Strong desire for continuous learning and development.

Preferred location: Hamilton; open to candidates from Christchurch, Auckland, and other locations.


  • Intermediate level: 4+ years’ experience in electrical design engineering, with some experience in MV and HV cable engineering.
  • Senior level: 8 years’ experience, specialising in cable engineering at 110kV and above.
  • Principal level: 15+ years’ experience, specialising in cable engineering at 110kV and above.

If you believe you embody these qualities and have the requisite experience, we encourage you to apply. Join our team and become part of a dynamic organisation dedicated to excellence in the electricity industry.

Niko Engineering Limited offer: 

  • Competitive salary and additional financial perks, including mobile phone accounts and complimentary medical insurance.
  • Future potential to transition to our chargeable hours’ salary scheme, rewarding high performance and productivity with increased earnings and enhanced flexibility.
  • 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.
    • For intermediate-level positions: Personalised coaching plans tailored to support your strengths, foster learning, and facilitate professional growth. Additionally, opportunities to mentor junior engineers.
    • For senior-level positions: Opportunities to mentor intermediate primary systems engineers and/or 3D CAD designers.
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth, with the chance to take on increased responsibilities as you expand your skills and understanding of our company.
  • Strong encouragement and support for career advancement, including the development of new skills and acquisition of fresh knowledge and experiences. Participation in professional training and involvement in engineering bodies/organisations is highly encouraged and supported.

To Apply: 

If you’re a skilled engineer 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 Engineering Limited’s journey towards excellence and growth.

To apply, please complete your application online via Seek. Note that only applications submitted through SEEK will be considered. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

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