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  • Interesting work with a full project involvement
  • Perfect opportunity for engineer wanting to broaden their experience.
  • Work alongside NZ Chartered Civil engineer.
  • It's no secret that land development is continuing to be one of the fastest  moving secttors of engineering and, for those who work in it, one of the most exciting:
  • Lots of interaction
  • You get to see the results quickly
  • Plenty of variety
  • Heaps of scope to move up in your professional career
  • Good salaries on offer.


The Role:

The team evaluates, concetualises and designs mainly commercial developments.  This covers the ground / earthworks, services and roadways.  

As the work expands, we are looking for an engineer to bring additional skills in water design to the team.  The role will also deal with certain other aspects when required (earthworks etc)   but the focus in on water.

The role is based in modern Christchurch offices and this company also embraces the new ways of working, allowing flexibility of hours and location when possible.  

  • engage with other professionals and designers
  • work with planners to ensure compliance and optimum use of sites
  • develop a greater understanding of property strategy and costings

...and you will be interacting with developers, engineers, contractors, compliance professionals throughout. 

This is very much a design-focused role and you will have in-house support with both strategic and CAD / presentation aspects.

As the engineer in this role you will have the opportunity to gain close and hands-on experience of the full project lifecycle - from client brief to beyond opening day. As this will be with the support of a chartered engineer this should go a long way to you attaining your own chartered status in the future.
Projects are a healthy and interesting matrix of residential and smaller commercial, remediation and an increasing range of new build industrial/commercial. 

This firm embraces the full BIM advantages in 3D documentation, information management and looking to maximise the benefits to the client. 

They tend to use the following software tools:

  • General Design: Revit/AutoCAD
  • Civil: Civil3D
  • Stormwater: SWMM
  • Supply Water: EPANET
  • A NZ recognised degree in Civil Engineering (BEngTech or BE Civil)
  • Typically 2 - 10 years experience in civil design
  • Typically 2 - 5 years working with Engineering Standards for Land Development, District Plans and NZS4404
  • Advanced water modelling skills using EPANET, SWMM or equivalent packages (Openflows WaterCAD, HEC-RAS, MIKE, Infowater etc.)
  • Good CAD skills (Revit / AutoCAD)
  • Civil3D skills would be a bonus.

On offer is a generous salary package, considerable work flexibily and exceptional future prospects.  

This firm is very open to people working remotely from home for part of the week. 

This would be a very astute move if you are a water-experienced qualified civil engineer keen to build their technical know-how and go on to visit various sites, liaise with contractors, other consultants and the councils as you progress.



Q: Do I need to have land development experience?
A: No, if you have experience in modelling and designing water networks, stormwater and water supply systems etc, in a similar context, we will welcome your application.

Q:  Do I need be in New Zealand?
A: Yes. We expect to fill this role before flights open up so, unless you're in transit already, it is unlikely we will be able to consider you.

Q: Do you need tertiary civil engineering qualifications?
A: This is preferred, as the aim is for you to grow in a professional role within the firm, but if you have extensive civil water design experience, please get in touch.

Q: Do you need to have New Zealand design experience?
A: No, if you can demonstrate experience in a very similar working and regulatory environment like Australia, the UK etc. bring it on.

Q: When you say "remote"  - can I do this from my pad in Waiheke Island?
A: If only but sorry Amigo - you will need to be physically here in Christchurch or North Canterbury in order to carry out site visits and meet with the team.

Q: Do I need to have water design / modelling skills?
A: Yes, you will need to be pretty good at this too.

Q: Hang on, is this a design or a draughting role?
A: This is defintely a design role. There are draughting people to help you get the documentation done, but you will need to be able to produce drawings without your Mum's help.

Q: Why should I move from my cosy, comfortable role with a large consultancy?
A: Good question comrade. Simply, the breadth of exposure, project engagement scope and interaction you get with clients, other engineers, consultants, builds confidence, perpective and engineering muscle. 

Q: What about salary?
A: Well, the rewards for this role are very good if you have what it takes.

Q: What sort of person do you actually want?
A: Somebody who is technically proficient on day one especially with water systems modelling / design, a capable communicator, able to find out, and in the bigger picture, wants to develop themselves become a well-rounded engineer, spread their wings and take big steps towards their professional future.

Q: What will you need from me?
A: Design examples, proven ability to take a concept site plan and design the systems to meet the purpose. ..and a cv of course.

Go on, you really shouldn't miss this one...


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Civil Engineer (Water modelling +Land Development)
New Zealand
Christchurch - City ~ Canterbury
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