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Engineering and Maintenance

Our Engineering and Maintenance team’s objective is the continuing airworthiness of our fleet to maintain and improve aircraft safety and reliability.

Engineering & Maintenance comprises two key functional areas:

  • Engineering is the continuing airworthiness management organisation of Air New Zealand, providing maintenance control aspects under the Part 119 Air Operator Certificate (AOC). 
  • Maintenance is a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) service provider, certified by New Zealand and foreign airworthiness authorities to provide services to Air New Zealand and third-party airlines and customers.

The Engineering and Maintenance division maintains and services the Air New Zealand fleet as well as aircraft from customer airlines around the world. With a large workforce, we are one of the few airlines certified to design and manage the major upgrades we carry out on our fleet. We also compete on a world stage, winning maintenance contracts from other countries' airlines around the world. 

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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Our Maintenance Engineers work hands-on with aircraft in the hangar at the airports or in our mechanical or avionics workshops, carrying out routine aircraft maintenance, identifying and rectifying aircraft or component defects, undertaking modification, and repairing and servicing tasks. A Maintenance Engineer could specialise in various areas such as mechanical, avionics or components. This is a critical role within our business to ensure our aircraft are safe and ready to operate. We maintain our fleet in three major bases in New Zealand - Auckland (wide-body aircraft), Christchurch (narrow-body aircraft) and Nelson (turbo prop aircraft). These bases have state-of-the-art hangars, and strong, collaborative team environments.

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Engineering Support

The Engineering Support team enable and demonstrate the airworthiness of our fleet. They work at the beginning and end stages of the Engineering lifecycle by:

  • Providing authorised and accurate engineering data and software
  • Inducting, monitoring and exiting Aircraft and Equipment (eg. Engines)
  • Reviewing the airworthiness state of our fleet
  • Demonstrating compliance through managing and controlling our airworthiness records system

With the arrival of new technology, the team require a generation of adaptable IT and technology savvy team members.

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Fleet Engineer

Fleet Engineers are responsible for the ‘configuration’ of our aircraft and for developing maintenance programmes that will deliver airworthiness, passenger and crew safety and optimal performance. Factor in the different needs of marketing, operations, cabin and flight deck crews and one of the most rigorous regulatory environments in the world and you can see why this role is so important to Air New Zealand. 

Our Support Engineers are split into Fleet Engineering Teams responsible for looking after a specific discipline such as Systems, Avionics, Structure, powerplant (engines), and cabin interiors of our Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The team works closely with Maintenance Engineers, managing day-to-day maintenance issues and developing repair schemes to meet rigorous continuing airworthiness requirements to deliver safe, compliant and reliable aircraft to our airline. 

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Liaison Engineer

The Liaison Team plays a pivotal role at Air New Zealand. They provide urgent and non-repair design and modifications along with technical advice for the fleet on a 24/7 basis.

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Planning Engineer

Our team of Planning Engineers work out the details of the maintenance plan, scheduling checks and producing hundreds of job cards issued to the aircraft hangar. This ensures every task is covered for a seamless flow of work to be carried out in the right order to dovetail with other work right across the fleet. 

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Quality and Safety Engineer

The Quality & Safety Engineering team's role is to enable the business to be safe, efficient and effective, through management of the Safety/Quality Management System.

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Recruitment process

Interested in joining our team? Here's what to expect.

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Once you have completed your application we will assess your skills and experience against the requirements of the position.


If you’re invited to attend an interview, we will assess your skills and experience via behavioural-based questions, and provide you with further information about the role. Depending on the level of the role, a second interview may be required to explore your technical skills, often in the form of a pre-set task.


You will be required to complete a number of security, medical and reference checks.

Offer of employment

Once you have passed the vetting process, you will be asked to join the Air New Zealand whānau.

Career Path

Air New Zealand Engineering and Maintenance provides rewarding career pathways through development opportunities in areas such as training, projects and leadership roles.

Training & development 

We provide a range of training and development options to support your development and career aspirations. We provide in-house leadership training for emerging and senior leadership. Support for gaining NZCAA licenses is also provided.

What to expect when you start 

Your first few weeks are largely focused on getting used to a new engineering environment and understanding our business and its requirements. You’ll meet everyone you need to know and be given a summary of the different departments, managers and how the business operates. We’ll also take care of the paperwork during your induction – issuing you with your uniform and personal protective equipment, and briefing you on our Standard Operating Procedures and IT systems.

Once we’ve ticked all the boxes, you’re ready to start an exciting new chapter of your career as an Air New Zealander.


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