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Water Engineer Jobs

Water Engineer Jobs

​How to Enter

The most common way to become a Water Engineer is to undertake a four-year Bachelor of Engineering or a three-year Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree, and specialise in Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering.

Aside from the above qualifications, New Zealand employers also look for the following personal requirements in ideal candidates:

  • Skilled at interpreting and analysing data

  • Practical and logical

  • Great at problem-solving

  • Conscious of Health and Safety

  • Great at planning and organising self and others

  • Creative and innovative, with good design skills

  • Able to work well under pressure

  • Can work independently and in a team

Typical Responsibilities

Water Engineers may do some or all of the following:

  • Consulting with clients, government officials and other construction and engineering professionals

  • Evaluating the suitability of proposed work

  • Designing structures such as dams and wharves

  • Identifying whether structures will be able to withstand natural and other forces

  • Preparing reports, working drawings and specifications

  • Estimating cost of construction and development

  • Analysing and reducing environmental impact of proposed construction and developments

  • Acquiring approval from relevant authorities and building permits


Experienced Water Engineers can progress towards managerial or Project Management roles. Alternatively, professionals can also specialise in work in other areas of Engineering and Construction, including Construction Management, Health and Safety, Planning and Estimation.

Salary Range

Entry: 45K – 75K per annum (NZD)

Senior: 75K – 120K per annum (NZD)