As a Maintenance Fitter, you are responsible for maintaining and repairing the diverse range of mechanical and electrical equipment used by the New Zealand Army.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Engineering and Technical Trades
  • Location
  • Starting Salary
  • Upcoming Intake
    07 October, 2019
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About the role

As a Maintenance Fitter, you are responsible for maintaining and repairing the diverse range of mechanical and electrical equipment used by the New Zealand Army. From forklifts to NZLAVs to chainsaws, the variety and complexity of equipment you will be called upon to service is staggering.

Job on base

Maintenance Fitter is a workshop trade and as such, during your apprenticeship you will be trained in the safe use of all of the tools you would find in New Zealand Army workshops.

From welders to lathes and all the hand tools you would expect. You will also learn how to diagnose faults and repair the vast array of equipment used by the New Zealand Army.

Job on deployment

Maintenance Fitters are employed on a variety of overseas exercises and deployments in support of operational units and activities. Maintenance Fitters have recently been deployed in Afghanistan & East Timor working within the Workshop within the main deployment base.

To become a Maintenance Fitter you go to Trentham in Wellington. It’s a good atmosphere there, heaps of great instructors, that's where you meet heaps of cool friends.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Job Training
Ongoing Training
Specialist Training

As your career progresses, you will continue to develop your skills, both at the Army's Trade Training School and at your place of work (the Royal New Zealand Army Logistics regiment [RNZALR]).

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration
  • Army Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness

Initial trade training is conducted at TTS, where you will be introduced to the Royal NZ Army Logistic Regiment. This course provides you with an insight into the Logistic Regiment and the part that you will play in the Army. The course duration is two weeks.


This four-month course is designed to give you basic knowledge and skills. Subjects include hand tools, arc/gas welding and lathe work. You will also complete technical drawing by correspondence.


This three-month course introduces you to the vast array of military equipment and applies all the knowledge and skills that you have learnt. Once qualified, you will be posted to a workshop in Waiouru, Linton or Burnham and begin your apprenticeship training.


This eight week course introduces you to various welding techniques and aims towards a certification in 4711 and AS 1165.


This seven week course introduces you to specialist operational equipment, which includes boats, shower units, water purification, bridging and fuel dispensing units.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.




starting salary


Higher rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements

Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade
  • A Class 1 restricted licence is preferred, but is not compulsory.

You must have achieved NCEA level 1 with a minimum of 12 credits in level 1 Science.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required CV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

Once you have completed training you will be required to give a two year return of service to the NZ Army.

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