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Teaching Engineering in NZ

Old Feb 21st 2010, 3:56 pm
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Question Teaching Engineering in NZ

I am a time served indentured mechanical engineer with over 15 years in this industry. For the last 4 years i Lecture full time at our local college teaching 1st year apprentices the basic skills required to be a mechanical engineer( I have completed my PTLLS and CTLLS quals to enable me to teach ). I am really interested in moving to NZ but do i go down the college lecturer route or mechanical engineer route ?? Any help much appreciated
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Old Feb 21st 2010, 11:25 pm
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If you want to be a college lecturer you would have to wait for a vacancy to be advertised. You may need a degree in Mech Eng and if you want to teach at the polys or Unis here you would probably need a PhD.

There do seem to be quite a lot of engineer jobs about here though e.g. here


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i would go the engineer route.
more jobs available depending on skills.
you might want to look at the dept of corrections.
they often look for guys like you but i dont know if it
helps with visa's. still worth a look though
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If you do a search for engineering jobs for the whole of New Zealand you'll find between 600 & 700.
But you will probably find most are for civil, architectural or electrical engineers.
Mechanical engineering jobs are pretty scarce at the moment in most areas & when they do come up they attract 100's of applicants.
It really does amaze me how much teaching of Mechanical engineering & encouragement to go into engineering there is in a country where there isn't really much of an industrial base to start with.
For example, there are loads of courses around where we are for Mech eng. & Cad, Solid Works etc. but there hasn't been any jobs advertised in these fields since November
Last one I applied for was a Mechanical Design Engineer, which I found out about through a person who worked there. They had nearly 250 applicants apparantly & in the end it went to someone they had in line anyway, they did not even interview!!!
Based on my experiences I would go down the teaching route, either college or school.
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