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Large scale multi-disciplinary projects. The backing of a multinational organisation. A values-based culture that prioritises safety, and cares about people and building better communities. Opportunities to work on site and in the office. Plenty of training and development. This is what a graduate career at McConnell Dowell looks like.

For a well-rounded introduction to a career in civil construction, learn the ropes on site and in the office, and back up your knowledge with essential classroom learning.

What makes a good McConnell Dowell person?

We’re practical sorts at McConnell Dowell, and not averse to a bit of adventure.

Our story started over 50 years ago in New Zealand when Malcolm McConnell and Jim Dowell reckoned they could do things better. Over the decades, we’ve built a reputation for taking on the complex jobs, reinforcing our reputation and growing our global footprint across New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East.

We chose ‘creative construction’ as our tagline for a reason - many of our people could tell you a story or two about the ‘creativity’ required to get the job done on a remote Pacific Island, or in a badly earthquake damaged city.

McConnell Dowell people are resilient and tenacious, practical and hands-on, flexible and multidisciplined, innovative, hardworking and down to earth. They understand the value of teamwork, look out for their mates, share learnings and ask for help. They’re not daunted by the big jobs or the small details. They could be asked to go anywhere – from a few weeks to a few years.

Like we said – adventurous. 

Applying for a graduate job

When are applications open?

Applications for the New Zealand and Pacific business are open until 13 May 2018

How do I apply?

Click here to find current graduate opportunities in New Zealand & Pacific Islands.

All graduate jobs will be listed on our website. Search keyword ‘graduate’, click on the role and apply online. You will need to attach your CV, cover letter and latest academic transcript. You can also set up a job alert so we can email you as soon as the jobs are released.

Can I apply if I am an overseas student?

Due to our immigration Employer Status, we prioritise local Citizens and Residents for graduate and intern positions in Australia and New Zealand.

What disciplines are you looking for graduates from?
We usually hire only Civil and Mechanical Engineering graduates. From time to time, other roles may be advertised.

What is the recruitment process?

1. Applications open
2. Applications close
3. Applications reviewed
4. First round of interviews – by phone
5.  Second round (face to face) interviews in Auckland or Christchurch (New Zealand) and Melbourne (Australia).
6. Pre-employment checks including references and pre-employment medical.
7. Offers made 
8. Start at McConnell Dowell

What do you base your selection on?
Although academic results are important, we look at all the qualities that each candidate brings. This includes your leadership potential, enthusiasm, extra-curricular activities and communication skills.

What salary and benefits does McConnell Dowell offer?
We offer a competitive salary package benchmarked against our industry and our employees have access to many additional benefits. In Australia, employees are offered a salary sacrifice option, and in New Zealand, Graduate employees receive a 6% KiwiSaver contribution, Unimed Health Insurance and IPENZ membership and registration. Exact package details will be discussed with successful candidates at the offer stage.

Could I work overseas?
McConnell Dowell operates in several countries across Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, South East Asia and the Middle East, and as a project-based business, we value employees who are flexible and mobile. If you are proactive and put your hand up for opportunities, anything’s possible!


If you are serious about a career in Civil or Mechanical engineering, you have come to the right company.

For a well-rounded introduction to a career in construction, you’ll learn the ropes on site and in the office, and back up your knowledge with essential classroom learning.

As a graduate at McConnell Dowell you can:

  • Widen your understanding through seminars and learning sessions with experienced colleagues and industry guests.
  • Meet regularly with your mentor, an experienced engineer who can share their wisdom and help guide you.
  • Take advantage of twice yearly performance reviews with your manager to monitor your progress, set goals and review your development plan.
  • Attend advantage of industry networking and professional development events with a paid-for IPENZ Graduate membership (New Zealand)
  • Our development culture offers you a range of opportunities to develop your technical skills and professional competencies.
  • New Zealand IPENZ Membership

As an IPENZ Professional Development Partner, we actively support ongoing advancement of your career and professional development. Our in-house PTE - the only one in NZ - delivers NZQA-accredited training designed specifically for our industry.

And when you’re ready, we’ll support you to work towards your IPENZ registration, including assigning an experienced engineer to review your application and offer advice.

Summer Internships

Gain practical and professional experience that looks great on your CV.

No filing or making the tea here! When you join us over the summer, you get three months of real-world experience. And if you like us and we like you, there’s a good chance of receiving an invitation to join us as a graduate.

How to apply:
Applications open in June for internships that typically run from November to February.

All roles are advertised on our website, and you will need to apply online with your CV and transcript. At the same time, select your preferred location/s.

Sign up on our website for a job alert, and we’ll email you when the internships are listed!