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Title:  New Zealand Rail Industry Workers Expression of Interest

Job Number:  4767

Wellington, 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 Australia, New Zealand 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 a market leader in the Rail sector across New Zealand and Australia and is currently recruiting for the following skill-sets and roles to be based in either Auckland or 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.
  • A 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 practising licence
  • Completed a Traction Line Mechanic competence–based training programme 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 licence.
  • 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.


Electrical worker- Rail


John Holland are also looking to offer suitably skilled individuals for an opportunity to join the rail industry in a fast-tracked upskilling program. This program is focused on identifying suitable talent and skills that complement the Traction Line Mechanic skill set in order to train you to the required competency level to fulfil the above-mentioned role, as well as other related roles.


We are looking for people who have previously obtained one or more of the trade certificates, tickets or significant experience (5+ years) in the below fields;


Relevant Role descriptions:

  • Electrical worker
  • Electrician
  • Distribution Linesman
  • Transmission Linesman
  • Rigger
  • Substation maintainer
  • Experienced electrical trades assistant
  • Electrical trade related apprentice


Relevant Qualifications/ experience:


  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (level 4) or equivalent
  • Distribution line mechanic with New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution) (level 4) or equivalent
  • Transmission line mechanic with National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Transmission) or equivalent
  • Substation Maintainer competency-based training programme that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply Substation Maintenance (Level 4) or equivalent
  • HV/ LV switching experience/ qualification within a DC or AC network (highly desirable)
  • EWRB registered apprentices
  • EWRB registered trade assistants
  • Authorised riggers
  • Working at heights certificate/ Harness training
  • Valid in date Pole top rescue training
  • Track Protection Basic Machine (Hi-rail).
  • EWP certificate
  • Experience working within a brownfield rail environment
  • Class 4 licence
  • Experienced crane/ hi-ab operator
  • Dogman


If you feel you have the something to offer the team and are looking to join a great company and gain experience on some of New Zealand’s biggest infrastructure 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. This opportunity also has potential to lead onto the owner’s side following completion of testing & commissioning phases as our client is interested in growing their local capability in the operation or their expanded network.



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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