Experienced electronics trades workers in demand
Chances of getting a job as an electronics trades worker are best for those with experience.
Heavy industrial companies, such as those in the pulp and paper industry or steel industry, are currently upgrading and automating their processes. This means there is demand for experienced workers to be involved in the installation, commissioning and maintenance of automation equipment and control systems.
Electronics equipment trades worker appears on Immigration New Zealand’s regional skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled electronics trades workers from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 2,268 electronics trades workers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Limited opportunities at smaller electronics service companies
Even with a shortage of electronics trades workers, it can still be hard to get a job. Many electronics and servicing companies are small and employ only a few staff. Some electronics trades workers are also self-employed.
Job opportunities for electronics trades workers are often better in larger companies where many workers may be contracted for specific projects.
Types of employers varied
Electronics trades workers can work for:
- small repair companies
- larger electronics maintenance companies and repair chains
- industrial companies, as specialist in-house technicians
- electronics design or manufacturing companies.