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Title:  Tradespeople - Otahuhu - Locomotive depot

Date:  15-Sep-2021

Otahuhu, KiwiRail Ltd, NZ, 1062

Business unit:  Operations and Commerce
Position status:  Permanent
Employment type:  Full Time
Level of experience:  Experienced




We have opportunities for Trade Qualified Electrical, Heavy Diesel, Mechanical or Automotive Mechanics to join our Upper North Island Rolling Stock Maintenance team in Westfield (Otahuhu, Auckland).  You will be maybe required to work on a shift roster, with penalty rates included for night and weekend shifts.  Overtime is available as the business requires and arranged by mutual agreement.  The KiwiRail / RMTU MECA offers generous leave provisions which also includes Long Service, Shift Leave and Retirement Leave.


Your Role:

Working as a ‘Mechanical Engineer’ (Tradesperson), you will be kept busy in our depot with the inspection, servicing and maintenance of our rolling stock fleets, predominantly Locomotives. The primary focus of this role is to carry out the various maintenance checks and repairs as set out in the Maintenance Plan to the standards required in the Mechanical Codes and Instructions, ensuring the assets reliability and availability.  These are very hands-on roles, working as part of our diverse team of mechanical engineers at Westfield, with individuals experience in the rail industry ranging from 1 year to 50 years.  Our Westfield team forms part of our Rolling Stock Asset Services Group and the wider KiwiRail Whanau.


Your Skills:

You will have excellent interpersonal skills, be highly enthusiastic and enjoy a role that includes following procedures, fault finding, diagnosing, problem solving and fixing.  

  • Trade Qualified Level 4+, as electrical, diesel, mechanical, automotive mechanic or similar.
  • Previous exposure to a heavy trade or automobile industry, machine upgrades, or experience working with locomotives, ships or similar is ideal.
  • Ability to evaluate and interpret hydraulic & pneumatic control diagrams, electrical schematics and enjoy fault finding and process improvement.
  • Knowledge of relevant Engineering specifications and sound engineering practices.
  • Have a full, clean Class 1 NZ driver's licence.
  • High level of physical fitness, team spirit and be Health and Safety focused.


Your Benefits:

  • Competitive hourly base rates (Level 4 $29.25/hour, Level 5 $34.33)
  • Fantastic penalty rates (double time on Sun, time and a half on Sat, and time and a quarter for weekday night shifts).
  • Access to discounted, travel and holiday houses across NZ as part of our Staff Welfare Trust.
  • Membership to the NZ Railways Staff Welfare Trust, who has been looking after its members for 60 years and offers reimbursement of medical expenses for members and their families, access to a shared holiday home scheme, and group discounts on optional extra insurances such as surgical and funeral cover. 
  • Travel benefits for staff and their nominated persons and dependants.
  • Free railage when shifting households
  • Designated career pathways, internal career progression opportunities and long term employment.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Training including fully paid Apprenticeship training, Leadership, Technical, Rail Operating Licences, internal and external training.  Study Grants for employees and Scholarships for children of employees.
  • KiwiRail Networking Groups: Mana Wahine – Women at KiwiRail, Te Kupenga Mahi – Maori Network Group, Team Kakariki – KiwiRail’s Green Team, KiwiRail’s Rainbow Network – LGBTIQ Network Group.
  • Retail and Service discounts
  • A membership with the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) who aims to ensure employees have well paid secure jobs with defined career paths and training, on the job recognition, respect and safe, secure and healthy workplaces.


About Us:

Working at KiwiRail you'll be joining a kiwi-owned company who has been operating for over 150 years, employing 4,000 amazing people across the entire country.  We're an organisation who love to develop our people and can offer several career opportunities to progress; to Team Leader and beyond.  If you would like to be rewarded for working hard and add to Stronger Connections Better New Zealand jump on board and start your career with KiwiRail today!

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