How to Enter
To become a Substation Engineer, most of New Zealand’s employers will expect you to have a Bachelor of Engineering degree focusing on Electrical Engineering. In addition, previous experience in the Rail industry can be highly sought after.
The typical responsibilities of a Substation Engineer can include the following:
Designing and building electrical grids through networks of wiring and equipment
Repairing and replacing worn out, damaged or poorly installed wiring and equipment
Testing electrical systems to ensure stability and safety
Creating budget reports and logging work completed
Ensuring all work completed is compliant with regulatory and Health & Safety standards
Training and managing other Engineers
Due to the complex nature of their role, Substation Engineers can often find themselves progressing into other industries that involve power, generation and distribution, such as Civil Engineering. Alternatively, they can work towards a more senior-level role and manage and train a team of Engineers.
Entry: 40K – 60K per annum (NZD)
Experienced (5+ years): 60K – 120K per annum (NZD)