About our Graduate Programme

About our programme



As a Transpower graduate you’ll receive the guidance and support you need to kickstart your career and achieve your goals. Right from day one, you’ll be given challenging work and take on real responsibilities that will accelerate your learning.

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
  • mechatronics graduates who have completed power system papers
  • mechanical engineering
  • civil engineering

During our 2-year programme 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.

Power systems graduates

Electrical graduates and Mechatronics graduates with Power Systems papers complete a variety of placements covering all two grid divisions and the System Operator.

Transmission lines engineering graduatesPhoto of graduates in the office

Mechanical and civil graduates complete a variety of placements with the two grid divisions.

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 will be based in Wellington while on the two year Graduate Programme, but you may have an opportunity to visit or work in other locations when on a rotational placement 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. We encourage you to become a safety leader at Transpower.


Transpower prides itself on being a good employer and offers a range of employee benefits, including: Learning and Development opportunities, insurance coverage, flexible working, wellness support and superannuation.

Plus, your salary will be reviewed annually, and high performance will be recognised and rewarded.

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

Click here to review our full range of benefits.

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

So what's it really like being on the Transpower Graduate Programme? Well this can vary a lot depending on what part of the business your 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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