Mechanical Apprentice, Whareroa


  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Taranaki
  • On-the-job-training gaining experience in specialist technical skills with a dedicated mentor 
  • Work towards a NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering - Maintenance Level 4 on our fully funded apprenticeship programme  
  • Use cutting-edge technology, working towards sustainable solutions and green initiatives   

Fonterra is an essential business and we always need people to help keep us moving! Under different Alert Levels your recruitment experience may look and feel a little different, but our Recruitment Team is here to help guide you through the process. Kia kaha, Aotearoa!  

One of Fonterra's largest manufacturing sites, Whareroa has a total of 11 plants and employs more than 1000 people.

About us  

Our Co-operative, empowers people to continue to build and grow our hub for generations of future leaders in our industry, through our Apprenticeship programmes.  

Haea te Ata, means we must collectively work together to support each other more and more to bring tātou tātou and Good Together to life in everything we do. 

The Opportunity

Do you enjoy tinkering with cars, or anything else mechanical for that matter? Would you like to earn while you learn and gain an NZQA recognised qualification in Mechanical Engineering? If the answer is yes, you have an awesome opportunity to begin your career with the industry’s biggest dairy exporter and train with the best in their field. 

Being a Mechanical Apprentice at our Whareroa site, means you’ll be trained using a mixture of different skill sets where our sites have highly automated plants and equipment. You’ll be using advanced systems and gaining exposure to some of the industry's most modern technology.  Initially, you’ll be working on-site from Monday to Friday and will eventually progress into our shift pattern. The theory-based work will be spread across the duration of your apprenticeship so that it aligns to the practical work you’ll be involved in.   

What you’ll bring and develop  

We’re looking for someone who’s passionate about the mechanical trade as well as the technical and creative parts of the work you get to be a part of each day. The perfect fit will be someone who enjoys working in a team, has a positive attitude, shows initiative and can think on their feet when a problem pops up. Your confidence to speak up and ask questions matched with your strong work ethic will help boost you through your learning journey with us.  

Any and all experience in work-related fields, voluntary or school experience and involvement in community groups will be a huge advantage as these are the fundamental skills we're looking to kick-start you in the apprenticeship  

Other key skills and experience include:    

  • Achieved or in the process of attaining minimum of NCEA Level 2 Maths or NZQA Level 3 Certificate in a relevant field  
  • Enjoys problem solving, a quick learner who adapts to change easily    
  • Strong mechanical aptitude    
  • A minimum restricted driver’s license is required with a view to secure your full  
  • Tech-savviness 
  • Completion of a pre-trade course in a related subject is desired but not essential  

Overall, it’s your positive attitude and your ambition to drive your own career that will set you apart!  

Our Story  

Whanaungatanga, our Co-operative spirit gives us all a common strength and purpose. Manaakitanga is how we care for all our people who are at the heart of what we do, we want our farmers, employees, customers and communities to thrive. Kaitiakitanga, ensures we take care of the land. We are committed to farming in a way that regenerates our farms and environment for future generations. 

Whakaohooho constantly inspires ourselves and each other with great career development opportunities and benefits. We enable flexibility and balance to suit everyone’s lifestyles and choices.



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