NZ Graduate Programme - 2024 (Engineering)


Location: Auckland, Canterbury, Nelson, Otago, Otago, Taranaki, Waikato, Wellington

Job Type: Full time



At Downer we're inspired by the challenge and chance to create a better future. As a market leader in infrastructure and engineering services, we truly believe in developing our future leaders. Our team of passionate people are committed to ensuring that all our graduates gain hands-on experience to succeed as an engineer. We’re here to ensure that you are well-supported to really own your future!


The Downer Graduate Programme is part of a pathway which supports you through the first five years of your professional career.

Within a graduate role at Downer, you have the opportunity to learn how to manage contracts, programmes, manage risk and budgets, supervise civil works / road maintenance and design. You'll develop core competencies across the areas of people management, delegation, negotiation, time management and presentation skills – and that's just the start of it!


We know you are committed to developing your career, which is why our programme is focused on growing your capability.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Rotations around the business for the first 24 months
  • Opportunities to work on exciting projects across New Zealand
  • Young Professional Conferences and development forums
  • A dedicated buddy and mentor to guide and support you from Day 1.
  • Membership with EngNZ and an accelerated pathway to chartership
  • Structured advancement & salary increases over your first two years
  • Diverse Young Professional Community

As a Downer employee you will also be able to enjoy:

  • Ongoing learning & development opportunities
  • Subsidized healthcare
  • Discounted holiday home packages
  • One paid day per year for volunteer work
  • Other health & wellbeing Benefits


We’re hiring now for our 2024 intake and have opportunities across New Zealand for:

  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers

Once you've got your cover letter, CV and transcript ready, hit the apply button - job number 598879. For more information on our Graduate Programme, visit our website here or follow us on our socials:

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You must be a New Zealand Citizen or have Permanent Residency to be eligible for this role. You must also be in your final year of study ready to commence employment in early 2024.

Applications will not be accepted by email; they must be submitted through our recruitment system.

Applications will be processed as received and we strongly encourage early submission to be considered for the variety of opportunities that are available.

You’ve got this!