Mechanical engineering jobs are scarce in New Zealand, and in the past year, the Government has sought to attract more engineers to the country’s aviation industry.
However, the country has yet to find a way to fund the construction of a new engine hoisting facility.
The Government has proposed to spend up to NZ$100 million to build an engine lifting plant on the island of Taranaki and the construction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.
The government has also announced a grant to help fund the development of an electric powered crane for the lift.
In a bid to attract new engineers, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has asked interested parties to submit proposals for a crane, power supply and a battery for the project.
The proposal has been submitted to the Department of Industry, Trade and Development, with a tender due to be held for the crane and a tender for the electric power supply due to open in September.
The Department of Business Innovation and Development has not yet responded to requests for comment.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is also seeking new crane operators for the Taranakaei project, with the application for a contract for the operation of the project due to commence in the third quarter of 2021 and a deadline of the end of 2019 for a tender.
New Zealand has been slow to attract the skills needed to build aircraft engines, but the country is on track to achieve a similar level of development in the coming years.
It is hoped that the new crane can boost the countrys aircraft engine development rate and that the cost of constructing the project will be well within the budget.
“The Government will continue to invest in aviation by providing more jobs for New Zealanders, while continuing to ensure the safety of our aviation industry,” the Government said in a statement.