Vessel Maintenance Engineer – Aquaculture – Coromandel Town

11 February 2019
60838 / 19-001
  • Trade Cert. Engineer with marine profile
  • Land-based role but ideally suited to someone coming from fisheries
  • Iconic NZ location on the Firth of Thames

Reports to:    Farm Services Manager

Start:              Immediate

Purpose of the Role:
As a key member of a small maintenance team, the main focus is to keep all vessels, plant and equipment running efficiently with as few breakdowns as possible, in order to minimize downtime and thus mitigate downstream impact on factory production.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To carry out all daily and scheduled checks and routine service/maintenance work to vessels, plant and machinery to proactively ensure operability
  • To carry out breakdown repair work, taking whatever action is required to ensure that downtime is minimised
  • To be diligent in maintaining a safe working environment and to report any hazards when identified
  • To maintain accurate work records and documentation, including procuring parts and mechanical consumables in a timely way
  • Participate in scheduled (daily/weekly) team and H&S meetings


Qualifications and Experience Sought:

  • Mechanical engineering qualification, ideally trade cert. on diesel engines
  • Marine engineering background and experience of not less than four years in a comparable hands-on engineering role (either land- and/or vessel-based)
  • Experience with industrial hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Experience of working within a planned maintenance regime an advantage
  • Electrical systems 12/24/240v
  • Fabrication
  • Welding certificates (e.g. TIG/MIG/Arc)
  • Numerate
  • Competent computer skills – Outlook, Excel, Access (R&M system).
  • First Aid Certificate
  • NZ Class 1 Driving Licence


Personal Attributes and Qualities sought:

  • Excellent ‘on tools’ mechanical aptitude
  • Proactive ability to anticipate problems and devise practical, cost-effective and timely solutions
  • Team player with the ability to liaise with co-workers, management and contractors
  • Diligent and self-motivated worker with a keen eye on safety in the work place
  • Flexible and positive approach plus a willingness to share knowledge and contribute to the business
  • Effective communicator (good reading/writing/interpersonal skills)
  • Having the right attitude and being reliable is non-negotiable

Candidates must be a NZ citizen / NZ Permanent Resident or possess the established right to live and work in New Zealand to be considered for this position.



  • Negotiable wage which will recognise and reward qualifications and experience
  • 40-55 hrs per week, 7-day operation year round
  • Rostered to be on call every second weekend (assuming team of two engineers)

If you are from outside the Coromandel area and looking for a change, help with finding short-term accommodation to make the move is available.


The Company:

North Island Mussels Ltd is based in the Coromandel region (for the majority of its aquaculture activities) and operates a fleet of modern specialist vessels.

Head office is in Tauranga, where there is a modern dedicated production centre; overall the company employs around 230 people.  It has been a world leader and innovator in new production and processing techniques and technologies in its field.

Aquaculture is the fastest growing primary sector across the globe with a sustainable footprint that adds benefit to New Zealand’s ecology whilst nurturing one of its most iconic foods - the Green Lipped Mussel. 


Your Application:
Please email Rob Everall of with your CV and a covering letter aligning your skills and expertise to this role. 
Write to or call 021 996 796 / 09 815 2393 for more background.

Note that any applications sent in error directly to the company will be referred to Marinejobs for processing to ensure parity of consideration of all applicants.


Contact Rob Everall of Marinejobs by writing to or call him on +64 21 996 796 for further information.  You can also apply directly to this job using the form on the right side of this page.