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Title:  Traction Line Mechanic - Penrose, Auckland

Date:  09-Sep-2021

Otahuhu, KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, NZ, 1062

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



  • Shift Work – KiwiRail operates 24/7
  • Registered Electrician
  • Electrical Maintenance Work


We are taking Traction Maintenance in-house so are building up our teams and have multiple positions available for Traction Line Mechanics to join us in Penrose, Auckland.


Your Role:

You will be responsible for the provision of effective, reliable, and efficient day to day operations of all Overhead Traction systems and associated equipment. This will include the maintenance, installation, restoration, and repair of Traction components including poles, isolators, insulators, and overhead wiring.


In this position you will work shifts – night, morning, and afternoon rotations.  You will work 2-weeks at night (22.00 – 06.00) 1-week mornings (06.00 – 14.00) and 1-week afternoons (14.00 – 22.00).

When on night shift you will be applying preventative maintenance on overhead lines.  On day shift you will be working in the corridor in a Hi-Rail vehicle carrying out all other required work but will also be on standby for emergency response.


Your Skills:

You will have a good knowledge of relevant Traction Overhead equipment and would have successfully completed all OJT for a Trainee Traction Lines Mechanic and hold appropriate licences to operate.


You will also need to have:


  • Electrical registration
  • An Electrical Service Technician Level A or B Qualification
  • A current Class 1 drivers’ licence, with Class 2 advantageous and a Forklift operating licence will also be seen as beneficial
  • Current first aid and CPR certificates
  • Successfully completed pole top rescue training
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft office products including Word and Excel


Your Benefits:


  • Excellent overtime rates - time and a half Saturdays, double time Sundays & time and a quarter for weekday night shifts
  • Access to discounted travel, health insurance & holiday houses across NZ as part of our Staff Welfare Trust
  • Designated career pathway and room to progress with fully paid training


About KiwiRail:

KiwiRail is New Zealand's national railway, employing around 4,200 talented people in a wide range of business functions.  Our teams are responsible for maintaining 4,000 kilometres of rail corridor, bridges, tunnels, viaducts, overhead wires, signals, and level crossings. Our team is like a family; we love what we do, and we thrive in this busy and upbeat environment.


KiwiRail is committed to an inclusive, flexible, and supportive workplace where everyone can feel valued, respected, and have equal opportunity to succeed. We encourage applications from people of all ages, genders, sexual orientation, personalities, ethnicities, abilities, and cultures.


If you want to learn while you work as part of an iconic organisation that will support you to succeed, then what are you waiting for?  Apply online now and start your journey with KiwiRail today.


Applications close: 3 October 2021


Position Description:  Traction Line Mechanic

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