Engineering machinists in demand
Engineering machinists are in demand because:
- a number of them are reaching retirement age – 32% of engineering machinists were over 55 years old in 2018
- not enough people are training for the job.
According to the Census, 10,671 engineering machinists worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Engineering machinist on skill shortage list
The roles of metal fabricator, welder, and fitter-welder all appear on Immigration New Zealand's construction and infrastructure skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled engineering machinists from overseas to work in New Zealand.
Types of employers varied
Engineering machinists may work for:
- specialist machining companies
- engineering workshops
- factories that make machines, equipment, appliances and plastic products
- industrial sites such as milk powder factories.