Design Planner (Substations)

- Develop your technical and design skills - Grow and thrive in an innovative utility network - Full Medical, Life & Income Protection Insurance
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  • Develop your technical and design skills
  • Grow and thrive in an innovative utility network
  • Full Medical, Life & Income Protection Insurance

About WEL Networks

With around 270 employees, owned by and working for the community, WEL Networks has been serving the Waikato for 100 years, distributing power from the national grid, connecting over 160,000 people to electricity services.

Based in Hamilton, we play an essential role in the region's economic and social development by identifying and investing in new technologies that will modernise our network and future-proof our region. We’re excited to be broadening our horizons as we diversify from a traditional lines company into a multi-utility.

As the world is going through a period of significant change and adjusting to a new normal, so too is WEL Networks. With the energy landscape changing at pace, through the acceleration of Electrification, Solar, Batteries, and EVs driving changing customer expectations, we are focussing now more than ever on unlocking our energy potential and realising our vision: to create an innovative energy future.

We are looking for skilled, innovative and enthusiastic individuals to join our team in supporting the company through this exciting new chapter and into the future.

About the role

As a Design Planner, you will join our Works Planning Team to support the reliable, efficient and safe operation of our distribution network by providing specialised technical advice, and structured planning for the construction and maintenance of our Substation assets. This includes the planning of regular maintenance on circuit breakers and power transformers, technical protection system upgrades, customer impact assessments and coordination for distribution equipment outages for maintenance and testing.


  • Deliver detailed design solutions for WEL’s substation and distribution equipment
  • Provide detailed planning to undertake maintenance and upgrade activities
  • Assess distribution equipment risks from defect notifications and coordinate repair / replacement
  • Offer technical guidance and support the effective use of technical information
  • Liaise and engage with a variety of stakeholders

Skills and experience

  • An appropriate technical qualification that is supported by practical experience – electrical trade qualification, NZCE equivalent, or equivalent experience
  • Five years’ experience in the distribution and substation network environment – knowledge of the WEL distribution network would be an advantage
  • A proven commitment to safety in your work
  • Advance knowledge in Safety in Design principles.

Staff Benefits

At WEL, we look after our people – with medical, life and income protection insurance, a variety of flexible working options, the safest equipment and plenty of upskilling opportunities. We will also help you with relocation expenses when moving into the Waikato.

We are committed to making sure our people go home safe every day, and with a drug and alcohol free worksite we will require you to take a drug and alcohol test before you join us.

How to Apply

At WEL we value diversity and innovation, and want extraordinary people with vision to join us.  It is important to us that we get to experience a little bit of the ‘real you’ in your application.  Apply now with your CV and please take the time in a cover letter to tell us what really floats your boat – what sets you apart, why you want to be a part of our team and some of your proudest achievements.

View the full position description for more details and if this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, please apply! 

Applications close 30 June 2021

Although we are really keen to fill this role - it is crucial we find the right fit for WEL, so we are prepared to close applications early or leave the role open until we find the right person.


Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


114 Maui Street
3200 Hamilton Directions 07 850 3100 View page

Enabling our people

At WEL we look after our people. 

We are driven to upskill, bringing new trainees into the industry annually, and nurturing and growing our staff. 

We have an active social club, encouraging our employees to interact, include their families in their work lives and just have fun!

Through our WEL Balanced programme we provide a range of wellbeing and wellness initiatives to enable our employees to thrive in our communities.

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