About Us

Transpower is New Zealand’s national grid operator. We take a whole-of-industry view of the electricity sector and operate the system on behalf of New Zealand.

Over the last two-and-a-half years we have used our best analysts, engineers and strategists to evaluate what New Zealand’s energy future looks like. The facts are now beyond dispute: New Zealand has a unique opportunity to deliver lower energy prices to consumers, create thousands of high-skilled jobs, generate distinct competitive advantage for our economy and meet our international climate change commitments.

As the national grid owner and operator, Transpower has a real opportunity to be at the forefront of the country’s pending energy transformation by accelerating electrification.

Our people - who are innovative, collaborative and offer the individual diversity, skills and enthusiasm to drive significant positive change - are leading the transformation that is happening across our business right now.

As a Transpower Graduate and future leader you will be immersed in our world and play a part in shaping the future of New Zealand’s electricity industry.

What’s important to you is important to us

We enjoy a flexible working environment and utilise modern workspaces which encourage social interaction and collaborative working. Our people are made up of over 28 nationalities which makes for a dynamic, challenging and stimulating environment.

With a company-wide focus on safety, health and well-being you know you’re in good hands.

Thanks to the numerous transmission projects we have planned, there’ll be no shortage of opportunities for you to broaden and deepen your experience in areas you may not have imagined. The variety, hands-on involvement, and industry-wide exposure you’ll gain at Transpower will help you choose a career path that’s right for you!

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Who is Transpower?

Transpower is the State-Owned Enterprise that plans, builds, maintains and operates New Zealand’s high voltage electricity transmission network – the National Grid – which links generators to distribution companies and major industrial users. The grid, which extends from Kaitaia in the North Island to Tiwai Point in the South Island, transports electricity throughout New Zealand.

In the role of System Operator, Transpower manages the real-time operation of New Zealand’s electricity system. The System Operator keeps the right amount of energy flowing – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Electricity flow on the National Grid is controlled from our two control centres in Wellington and Hamilton.

The System Operator also manages the wholesale electricity market. Transpower does not generate or retail electricity but provides a coordination service to the electricity industry whereby it schedules the production of electricity from all power stations, monitors the entire network and ensures the security of the New Zealand electricity system.

About the Engineering Graduate Programme

As a graduate working for Transpower, you’ll get the opportunities, experience and support to kickstart your career and achieve your goals.

Our rotational programme is designed to provide you with practical, on the job training and exposure to various Transpower teams. This will give you the skills and experience to progress to a focused role within Transpower, in an area of interest to you.

We recruit the following types of Engineering graduates:
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering with Power Systems Papers
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
Engineering graduates in Transpower’s Graduate Programme are managed by the Organisational Development Manager who is responsible for the performance and development of all graduates.

During our two-year Graduate Programme you will be based in Wellington and rotate through various areas of the business, including work in other locations such as Christchurch, Palmerston North, Hamilton or Auckland to complete some of these rotations. When you’re working away from home, we’ll provide you with accommodation and an allowance to cover day-to-day expenses. You’ll gain a broad knowledge of what we do, how we work, and who we work with – and you’ll get the chance to explore how you wish to shape your future with us.

We believe that the best learning happens on the job. You’ll learn from other talented people at Transpower through coaching, mentoring and peer support. You’ll always have someone to get advice from and bounce ideas off, and you’ll attend a variety of courses to support your technical learning and help you develop more general business skills. As an Engineering New Zealand Professional Development Partner, we can support you in moving from Emerging Professional to Full Engineering Membership during the programme.

We are committed to making Transpower a leader in safety by achieving injury-free workplaces for our employees and contractors. Safety is our top priority, and you’ll learn about our safety culture when you start. You’ll also be provided with opportunities to develop your knowledge about safety, and we encourage you to become a safety leader at Transpower.

Meet Our Graduates
Jordan Witehira

As a University student I researched various Graduate Programmes in different industries, and found Transpower’s programme to be very unique and interesting.

As a Mechanical Engineer I enjoy building, creating and designing big things. At the time I thought "What's a bigger thing than New Zealand's national power grid?" So, in early 2019, I started the graduate programme.

Since then I have lived in 5 different cities, both North and South, and have been fortunate to travel around New Zealand while working - seeing new landscapes along the way.

My work is definitely interesting. I have been involved in designing power supply plans for local iwi, investigating public electrical risks across the entire national grid, and upgrading power lines in the South Island to enable sufficient transmission to the North Island.

I have gained experience in Project Management, which has taught me the importance of money, time, forecasting, and communication between different parties, and Tactical Engineering where I’ve learned how to work within a large engineering team. The team ranges from ex-Graduates to Senior Principal Engineers and everyone is happy to share their knowledge and experience with me. Our Engineering Consultants have taught me the value of responsibility and ownership over my own technical work.

Now, with my Graduate programme coming to an end, I am on a career path that I know I’ll be happy with. There are many directions that I can pursue in the Power industry, both now and in the future, and I know that all of them will allow me to develop and grow professionally.

From my experience, if you're looking to make a difference - somewhere, somehow - Transpower does this well with New Zealand's best interest in mind.

Meet Our Graduates
Sujata Roy

I was beyond excited when I learned that I had been accepted into Transpower’s graduate programme. Being my first job out of university, it was the perfect way to enter the workforce. At university I gained a theoretical understanding of how the power system works, then I solidified these concepts by working in different parts of Transpower. This helped me deepen my understanding of many issues, such as:

  • what goes into looking after our transmission assets
  • how we decide what to build
  • how we manage these projects
  • what it looks like from the service provider’s point of view out on site (maintaining and building transmission assets)
  • how it looks from the design consultant’s side
  • what we do when there is a grid emergency
  • how we ensure the grid operates stably

The graduate programme rapidly widens your network and provides an insight into how people work together from different parts of the organisation - which is very valuable because you’ve built relationships across the business. From there, you are able to decide where your skills are best utilised.

Presently, I am a member of the System Planning team - this is a really cool team to work in! We use forecast data and work alongside our customers to see where we are likely to have issues on the grid in the future, and then find the economic solution and decide when we need to upgrade or enhance our national grid. It’s not as easy as it sounds because no one can predict the future and there is inevitable uncertainty. Some even liken it to crystal ball gazing!

In my experience I have found that people at Transpower are willing to go out of their way to teach you what they know. It’s an all-round friendly environment.

Meet Our Graduates
Cameron McKay

My first experience of Transpower was during my university summer holidays where I gained work experience required to complete my Mechanical Engineering degree. This arrangement allowed me to get to know the company and complete my degree at the same time.

In 2008 I joined the Transpower Graduate Programme where I was exposed to different areas of the business including maintenance, engineering support, grid planning, and various major projects. I found the rotations extremely helpful as they gave me the opportunity to explore my options and find the area that suited me best. The structure of the programme was one of the major reasons why I joined Transpower.

Transpower has provided me with a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities. There is great support for the programme from senior leaders and a real drive within the company to work not only on technical skills but build leadership capability as well.

I’ve held a number of roles within the organisation and have moved into engineering management. My current role is Acting Head of Engineering Integration. I still rely heavily on the contacts and skills I gained during my graduate years and recommend Transpower to anyone who wants to have an exciting career.

If you’re the kind of person that wants to get a hands-on view of the world, see the country and learn from the best in the business then this programme is for you. I have always wanted to ‘build big things’ which is why I became an engineer. And here I am, doing it - living the dream!

How to apply

Applying for the Transpower Engineering Graduate Programme is simple and straight forward:

  1. Position open: TBC
  2. All applications are acknowledged via email
  3. Longlisted candidates will be invited to complete an introductory online interview
  4. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete references, background checks and psychometric testing before attending a formal panel interview
  5. A formal offer of Employment will be extended to successful candidates
Transpower utilises online interviews as a way of creating a level playing field i.e. all participants have the same prep time, questions and time limits. It’s also a great way for you to express yourself and be seen and heard by the panel. You could think of it as a presentation about you!