Graduate Mining Engineer - 2021 Placement

  • Two year, fixed-term
  • Competitive New Zealand remuneration
  • Eligible for half yearly bonus

Kia Ora! Kick start your mining career with Macraes!

We're driven by innovation and leading practice, and OceanaGold Macraes has been responsibly operating for 29 years.

The role

Providing graduate engineers an environment where they will be able to meet and exceed their mining career aspirations while providing OceanaGold (New Zealand) Ltd with a talent pool for our future management and technical leaders.

The graduate programme runs for two years and involves practical and technical rotations, including six months at another OceanaGold mining operation, to ensure your skills enable you to realise your full potential.

We have a number of rosters onsite including the following:

  • Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 4:30pm
  • Eight days on, six days off, 7am - 7pm
  • Seven days on, seven days off, seven nights on, seven nights off, 7am - 7pm or 7pm - 7am

The roster will be determined by the operational area you are placed in.

Why join our programme

From day one you will have real career prospects, real responsibilities, and real opportunities to apply to your theoretical learnings.

You will receive the following:

  • A two year, fixed-term employment contract
  • Flight to New Zealand (return if a permanent role is not secured)
  • Eligibility to the company half yearly bonus scheme
  • Competitive New Zealand remuneration
  • Residential accommodation in Dunedin, Oamaru or Macraes supported
  • Bus service to and from the Macraes Mine site
  • Visa assistance if required

An induction programme followed by on-the-job learning opportunities designed to expose you to a wide range of mining issues. A development programme designed to support you in being work ready with supervisory and leadership skills, provide feedback and direction to help you progress your career as a Mining Engineer.

The industry qualifications you will work towards are mutually accepted in mining in New Zealand and Australia. These include; the NZ WorkSafe Certificate of Competency (CoC), the WA Quarry Manager and First-Class Mine Manager Certificates of Competency.

You may even secure a permanent role with Oceana Gold (New Zealand) at the end of the two year graduate programme.

What you will bring:

  • A completed undergraduate degree in engineering or equivalent
  • Enthusiasm, curiosity and a genuine desire to work in New Zealand for a minimum of two years
  • A full, clean and current driver's licence is essential, as is confidence driving a manual vehicle over rough terrain
  • You must be able to pass a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol testing

About the company

OceanaGold Corporation is a mid-tier, multinational gold producer with assets in the Philippines, New Zealand and the United States. On the North Island of New Zealand, the Company operates the high-grade Waihi Gold Mine while on the South Island; the Company operates the country's largest gold mine, the Macraes Goldfield.

At OceanaGold, health and safety is paramount to the success of our business as are employees who engage in behaviours that align with our values.


OceanaGold is committed to providing equal employment opportunities.

If you share the same values and have what we are looking for, please apply online now via our website:

Applications close Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

Shortlisting will commence immediately.

Applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand.



18 Mar 2020

Work Type:
New Zealand
Macraes Operations
Date expires:
1 Sep 2020
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