Waikato Engineering Careers Association

Fostering a vibrant and sustainable engineering sector by attracting and developing engineers of the future.

Waikato’s vibrant Engineering Sector is a powerhouse of production at the heart of New Zealand’s economy.

With a range of roles to suit almost everyone, engineering in all its forms is an excellent career choice. Whether mechanical, civil, electrical or environmental, this buoyant sector offers progression, excellent earning potential, stability and variety.

More than 25,000 Waikato people work in this sector, with critical demand for new talent from entry-level tradespeople and technicians to professional engineers.

WECA (Waikato Engineering Careers Association) member companies cover a wide range of engineering practices and employ thousands of engineering staff between them.

About WECA

WECA (Waikato Engineering Careers Association) is a non-profit incorporated society founded in 2003 when a group of engineering companies signed up their support to collectively address skills shortage in the sector.

Members, both large and small, include mechanical, plastics, electrical and civil engineering businesses, and associate members.


WECA Members are innovative and future-focused and actively attract and develop the next generation of engineers.


There are literally hundreds of different types of jobs in engineering and enthusiastic, practically-inclined young people are in hot demand by this lucrative sector.


WECA and it’s members are involved in regional and national labour market strategies addressing issues that face businesses such as skills shortages, training and employment schemes and Covid Response plans.

Watch: About Waikato Engineering Careers Association


“Membership helps profile our business as a proactive, premium company. There is great value in the contribution WECA makes to the engineering industry generally.”

“The larger WECA companies are a great resource and mentor for smaller companies. I have made some good business friends through WECA.”

“The many benefits of membership include networking within the WECA membership and giving engineering a point of contact to improve communications when dealing with government agencies.”

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