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, future-focused and actively attract and develop the next generation of engineers. Become a member to make key connections with companies and educators, be part of communications and activities promoting engineering as a career, and have input into education, training and career paths.


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. This vital industry services much of the region’s exports, particularly in terms of on-farm engineering requirements, transportation, food processing and packaging for the agricultural 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. Membership gives your company a voice in shaping the industry’s future and a voice at central and local government

Involvement in WECA is a great opportunity to network with other people from various engineering businesses, educators and training providers. There is plenty of opportunity for dialogue on hot discussion topics at the great events that WECA co-ordinate throughout the year and to have some real input into how we promote engineering as a career.

Mike Welten

General Manager, Tīra (formerly NDA)

Waikato is a wonderful place to be an engineer, and WECA is an excellent way to celebrate and showcase that. We have a vibrant and active engineering community, which boxes above its weight on the global stage, and world-class tertiary providers producing work-ready graduates.

Dr. Trudy Harris

Centre for Engineering and Industrial Design Manager, Wintec - Te Pūkenga

Watch: About Waikato Engineering Careers Association