What do they do?
General engineers have good broad skills and knowledge of welding, fabrication, machining, and fitting. Their work includes fitting and assembly work, machine shop work, service and repair work, manufacturing and general fabrication of all kinds of machines and equipment including hydraulics and pneumatics.
Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required. Each day can be quite different; engineering work is varied and can involve fitting, machining, welding, maintenance, repair, hydraulics, pneumatics and/or fabrication. Generally, your training will be tailored to the type of work you do.
How to become a general engineer?
You train through an on-the-job apprenticeship to become a general engineer and you will learn a whole range of skills.
Sound like you?
Preferred work environments
Entry level jobs
|Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:|
Unit standards in schools
|Apprenticeship||Higher learning||Higher learning|
|Gateway programme available|