Heavy Fabrication Apprentice

Juno Engineering
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Heavy Fabrication Apprentice
  • Long established employer based at Matamata
  • Lots of variety on offer with this entry level role
  • Excellent hands-on training on offer

About the employer

Mō Te Kaitukumahi  

Juno Engineering is a company established in 1985 operating across broad areas of industry namely, transport, waste care, mining and R&D.

Settled in Matamata we are part of a thriving local Engineering hub centrally situated between Tauranga, Hamilton and Rotorua.

Juno Engineering’s range of services covers nearly every aspect of general engineering. We like giving anything a go, enjoying tackling challenges as a team.

We’ve trained many apprentices over the years. You will work alongside a team of other apprentices (currently two others in training) and qualified tradies to help you along the way, giving you excellent hands-on training, support, and advice as you progress through your own apprenticeship.

About the opportunity

Mō Te Huarahi  

As an entry-level opportunity, you will start by working alongside a team member perfecting the basics of measuring, cutting steel, running a saw, punching plates, pressing, rolling plate, drilling, potentially lathe or mill work. Then moving into fabrication and welding as your skill and confidence progresses.

We work mainly with carbon steel but more increasingly with stainless steel, potentially some aluminium as well in the near future.

About you


We are looking for a candidate who can clearly see the benefits of an apprenticeship and will follow it through to completion.

There’s lots of variety on offer with this role, so if you’re punctual, reliable, keen to learn, you’ll fit right in with the team. If you have done a pre-trade course, even better.

  • A Drivers Licence – Learner Licence is fine to start but you’ll need to be progressing to Restricted as soon as you are able.
  • Good maths skills – Be comfortable with making calculations, using formulas and trigonometry.
  • NCEA Level 2 is preferred, but not critical.
  • A can-do attitude, willingness to learn and follow instructions – and turning up each day.
  • An aptitude for working with tools
  • Physically Fit – you’ll be on your feet a lot


Ngā Hāora  

Standard hours are 7:30am – 4:00pm – with opportunity for overtime.


Te Tohu  

New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) Heavy Fabrication strand, Level 4.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply relevant Health and Safety legislation and knowledge of the workplace safety culture in order to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial engineering fabrication environment.
  • Produce and interpret engineering sketches, simple component drawings, fabrication patterns for simple three-dimensional objects, and/or specifications for the engineering fabrication task being undertaken.
  • Apply knowledge of trade calculations and units of measurement to perform a range of engineering fabrication tasks.
  • Apply knowledge of the composition and characteristics, of engineering materials to select and optimise their use through job planning and sequencing tasks.
  • Determine available and appropriate manufacturing and engineering processes, tools and equipment, and demonstrate knowledge of alternative engineering processes to suit a range of engineering fabrication tasks.
  • Interpret knowledge of basic engineering job operations, planning and sequencing for job costing and pricing, with consideration to efficiency and economical processing options.
  • Apply knowledge of relevant engineering fabrication principles and practices that include mistake proofing, and distortion control, by using problem-solving skills for fault finding and root cause analysis, to perform engineering tasks efficiently and effectively while working to specifications and industry standards.
  • Select and inspect simple lifting appliances and slings, to safely secure a load and carry out lifting procedures.
  • Correctly use and maintain engineering fabrication tools and equipment, monitoring their condition for safe and effective operation to ensure accuracy, minimise damage to work, and to prevent accidents.
  • Cut engineering fabrication materials using mechanical and thermal cutting equipment including manual and mechanised processes, applying knowledge of distortion control, to an appropriate industry standard in a commercial engineering fabrication environment.
  • Form and shape engineering fabrication materials using manual and mechanised processes, applying knowledge of distortion control and damage minimisation, to an appropriate industry standard in a commercial engineering fabrication environment.
  • Apply the welding processes of gas metal arc welding (GMAW), manual metal arc welding (MMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), in relevant welding positions, and applying distortion control methods, to safely weld steel and steel structures and other metals to an appropriate industry standard in a commercial engineering fabrication environment.
  • Apply knowledge of effective and efficient manufacturing models, the processes and principles of quality systems and how these are applied in the production of components and/or for the provision of services in a commercial engineering fabrication environment, to deliver in full, on time and to specification.
  • Practice effective communication with awareness of other cultures and languages, to confirm and clarify instructions, communicate health and safety matters, and understand workplace documentation, within an engineering fabrication team and the wider workplace.
  • Self-manage on-going learning, seeking advice or guidance when required while maintaining acceptable standards across the engineering fabrication industry.

Graduates of the Heavy Fabrication strand will also be able to:

  • Produce a range of heavy fabricated products such as, trucks and trailers, earthmoving machinery, manufacturing equipment, and pressure vessels from heavy gauge plate, sections, and pipes using current techniques appropriate to, specific welding processes and appropriate welding positions, use of equipment and tools required to work heavy materials.

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Date Posted
March 30, 2022
Full time
On application