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Power engineer

What is it like to be a Power engineer?

Electrical power engineers’ roles can include the design,operation, maintenance and repair of conventional electricity generation plant, renewable energy systems, electricity transmission and distribution systems. They are also involved with the design and manufacture of electrical equipment and the operation of competitive electrical energy markets.

As a graduate power engineer, you will have the opportunity to work in many industries. Almost all large groups of buildings, factories or industrial sites require the services and certifications of a qualified power engineer. 

Depending on the size and complexity of the systems, power engineers may work within a team, or they may be individually responsible for the entire operation and maintenance of the building or facility.

Employment Level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for other engineering professionals, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Power engineers possess a desire to understand how systems operate, and the ability to identify, analyse and solve complex real-world problems.

Other attributes key to success as a power engineer include:

  • aptitude for computing and design
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • exceptional attention to detail.

To become a Power engineer

To be able to become a Power engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.

After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.

If you have already completed an engineering technologist qualification and wish to qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, there are Master degrees to assist you.

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