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Title:  Traction Line Mechanics - Auckland and Wellington

Job Number:  7875

Auckland, NZ


We’re all about transforming lives by finding solutions to complex challenges across a wide range of industries including infrastructure, property, rail, building and water projects in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia.  


From the epic, to the intimate, everything we do improves life for someone, somewhere. It gives our business momentum and means we approach things a little differently.


While our competitors talk about what they do, we focus on why we do it. We transform communities to make them easier to move around, more connected and better to live in.


Are you up for the challenge?


John Holland is proud to have been involved in exciting and challenging rail projects that keep New Zealand moving. From minor rail maintenance to major design and construct projects John Holland can offer a variety of work and career opportunities both in New Zealand and Australia. Due to the recent award of projects in Auckland and Wellington and an exciting pipeline of work we are looking to grow our team.


We would like to hear from candidates who are as passionate about construction as we are, and are up for the challenge. Please note, we have positions available in both Auckland and Wellington.



Traction Line Mechanic

The position of Traction Line Mechanic is required to install, repair, and maintain overhead lines used in OHLE railway systems; tasks may include but are not limited to:


  • Installation of new and demolition of redundant Traction power structures.
  • Install, maintain, dismantle and repair overhead traction powerlines.
  • Ability to work independently following detailed designs.
  • Operating plant and equipment associated with the installation and maintenance of the OHLE network.
  • Installing and commissioning switchgear and OHLE equipment.
  • Sound knowledge & application of workplace health & safety regulations.
  • Ability to work autonomously & in a team environment.
  • Strong focus and ability to work within a brownfields rail environment.
  • Complete appropriate quality paperwork upon completion of works.


Qualifications/ experience:


  • Registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board — and have a current practicing license
  • Completed a Traction Line Mechanic competency-based training program and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate
  • Minimum of 2 years working within the OHLE rail industry.
  • Kiwi Rail authorised and inducted (desirable).
  • Valid pole top rescue.
  • Track Protection Basic Machine (Hi-rail).
  • Valid working at heights competency. (inclusive harness training).
  • Basic rigging experience and qualifications.
  • Valid first-aid certificate.
  • Class 4 license.
  • HV/ LV switching experience/ qualification within a DC or AC network (highly desirable).



Preference will be given to local New Zealand talent. However, we will consider EOI’s from international candidates if you meet key aspects of the above requirements and are looking to relocate to New Zealand on a permanent basis.



If you feel you have something to offer the team and are looking to join a great company and gain experience on some of New Zealand’s biggest rail projects, please send us your expression of interest and updated CV, with proof of trade, certificates, tickets and cover letter explaining why you would like to be part of this growing team.

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives. Your success is reflected in ours, so we’re committed to being an employer of choice. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and inclusive workplace, as different perspectives and ideas will deliver our long-term success.

We’ll do all we can to help you develop your skills, and make a difference, right from the start. We have a flexible workplace and focus on all aspects of your physical and mental health and safety. We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority.

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