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Engineering & Construction

Great Growth Potential

Over 40,000 people work in construction and the industry has grown 14% over the past six years.

The University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s highest-ranking engineering university providing a huge talent pool, industry partnerships and leading-edge research and innovation.

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Why Ōtautahi Christchurch?

Average annual rate of growth for the Canterbury construction industry - higher than the national average annual growth rate.
28,300 people
Employed in construction industry in Canterbury.
Percent of Canterbury workers employed in local construction industry.
Engineering Stephanie Profile

Christchurch’s pipework is over 100 years old so there’s a never-ending amount of work. As technology improves and we experience population growth, upgrades are inevitable. There are so many factors that make this industry a safe bet.”


Stephanie Crosson - Mechanical Engineer at Beca

Construction And Engineering In Canterbury

Construction and engineering are some of the largest industries in the Canterbury region, supporting thousands of jobs and contributing millions to gross domestic product.

The industry employs people with a wide range of skills across environmental, chemical, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical and civil engineering which in turn fuels jobs in supporting functions such as planning, cost managers, project managers, surveyors, operations accounting and HR.

Ōtautahi Christchurch has an undersupply of Industrial Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Production and Plant Engineers and Steel Fixers.

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