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To enable smarter farming for a better New Zealand TM

Ka pūkekotia a Rongomātāne, ka poho kererū a Aotearoa

About the Role:

We have an opportunity for a high performing Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer to join our team in Whanganui. Ideally, you’ll already be licensed but, for the right person, we are willing to support you through your last couple of exams to become licensed. This is a dynamic, challenging role where no two days are the same. From carrying out engine repairs in the field to completely rebuilding an airframe in the hangar, this role will allow you to utilise all your skills and experience. Ravensdown Aerowork is Part 145 and 148 certified with the capacity and capability to repair or rebuild almost every component used on the Cresco aircraft type. Additionally, we design, develop and embody aircraft modifications to continually improve and modernise our fleet.

From Northland to Otago, we operate New Zealand’s largest fleet of turbo-prop powered agricultural aircraft in New Zealand. Equipped with the latest aerial spreading technology you will be part of a team which is at the cutting edge of developing and delivering smarter technology to New Zealand farmers. With a strong vision of future development, we focus on continuous improvement through innovation, collaboration and promotion of a strong team culture. As a subsidiary of the Ravensdown Co-operative you will be well supported and receive considerable investment in your personal development. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the heavyweights in New Zealand’s agricultural aviation industry.

The location:

Ravensdown Aerowork is based in the vibrant, family friendly city of Whanganui. Boasting affordable housing, an internationally recognised arts scene, museums, excellent schooling, numerous parks and reserves, easy access to mountains, unspoilt native bush and beaches; Whanganui has something to offer everyone. Whether you enjoy getting out and active or just like to relax and enjoy the natural beauty, Whanganui is a great place to live. Topped off with the knowledge that you can drive anywhere in town within a few minutes’ your lifestyle will be the envy of many.

About You:

You’ll need a passion for what you do, your attention to detail will be second to none, and you will be able to cope with pressure at times. The ability to exercise your excellent problem solving and decision-making skills combined with above average engineering abilities will help you succeed. Maintaining the flexibility to perform engine hot end inspections one day and rebuild a flap the next is key.

If you’re ready to reach your full potential, want to work in a supportive team of high performing engineers and to live in a great place; this is the position for you.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • NZ CAA certified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license (or just a couple of exams to go)
  • Previous practical experience in aircraft maintenance
  • Excellent problem solving and diagnostic abilities
  • Technical expertise to monitor and assess the work completed by others
  • Sound written and verbal comprehension skills, with the ability to interpret technical instructions
  • Experience with using computerised maintenance management systems.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Hold NZ CAA ratings relevant to the current Aerowork fleet, i.e. Group 1 airframe, PT6A rating as you will have the responsibility of documenting and certifying any maintenance completed on aircraft you are rated on
  • Experience with electro-hydraulics
  • Aeronautical structural repair experience


  • Excellent benefits package (competitive salary, 5% superannuation, medical insurance, allowances)
  • Work in a highly motivated team focused on quality
  • Generous investment in your ongoing training and development
  • Occasional travel throughout beautiful rural NZ
  • Great company culture
  • Career opportunities in a fantastic cooperative
  • Relocation assistance

How to Apply:

Please click ‘Apply Now’ to send your CV and cover letter to Lauren Chatterton, Senior HR Advisor or email us at

Applications will be reviewed regularly.

Ravensdown is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre-employment drug test.

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