About our Graduate Programme

About our programme



As a graduate working for us, you’ll get the opportunities, experience and support to kickstart your career and achieve your goals. Right from day one, you’ll have challenging work and real responsibilities.

Photo of graduates in PPE gearProfessionals skilled in power systems and transmission line engineering, and the management of transmission grids, are in high demand worldwide. There are so many opportunities available in this dynamic field.

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Opportunities available

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We recruit the following types of graduates:

  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • civil engineering

One of the best parts of the programme is that you'll rotate through various areas of the business. You'll gain a broad knowledge of what we do, how we work, and who we work with. By working in different areas in the business you’ll get the chance to explore how you wish to shape your future with us.

Electrical engineering graduates

Electrical graduates complete four 6-month placements covering all three grid divisions and the System Operator.

Mechanical/civil engineering graduatesPhoto of graduates in the office

Mechanical and civil graduates complete three placements with the grid divisions of 10, 8 and 6 months.

We are also introducing a short placement in our IST division for all engineering graduates.

Engineering graduates brochure [ pdf 6.15 MB ]

Learning and development opportunities

There are plenty of learning opportunities throughout the programme. We believe that the best learning happens on the job.

You’ll learn from other talented people at Transpower through on-the-job coaching, mentoring and peer support. You’ll always have someone to get advice from and bounce ideas off.

You can attend a variety of core and optional courses to support your technical learning and help you develop more general business skills.

We’ll support you to achieve professional certification and encourage you to become a leader in your profession by funding membership of your professional association.

We have offices in Auckland, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. You’ll nominate one of these as your home base, but you’ll have the opportunity to work in other locations to broaden your experience.

We are committed to making Transpower a leader in safety by achieving injury-free workplaces for our employees and contractors. Safety is our top priority, and you’ll learn about our safety culture when you start. You’ll also be provided with opportunities to develop your knowledge about safety, and we encourage you to become a safety leader at Transpower.


Looking after our people is important to us. When you join us you’ll be eligible for a range of employee benefits. And if you work hard and perform well, you will be recognised for it. Your salary will be reviewed yearly.

Read about the benefits we offer our staff

When you’re working away from home, we’ll also provide you with accommodation (usually flat-sharing with other graduates) and an allowance to cover day-to-day expenses.

Team building days

We encourage our graduates to operate as a team, even though they are often spread throughout the country. You will regularly get together for development/team building activities, with plenty of time for socialising.

A day in the life of a Transpower Grad

We know that people considering applying for our Transpower Graduate Programme are curious to know what a typical day on the Transpower Graduate Programme is like. This can vary a lot depending on what part of the business a Graduate's placement is in.

Click here to find out how our Engineering Graduates describe a typical day in each of our four engineering divisions.

Talk to us about the Graduate Programme

If you have any questions we'd love to hear from you! Send us a message here

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