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Grid Connection Engineer Graduate Program


The Clean Energy Council and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) have teamed up to offer the Grid Connection Engineer Graduate Program, an industry-first initiative for electrical engineering graduates.

Applications closed on 20 May 2024, with the program due to commence in February 2025.

What is a grid connection engineer?

Being a grid connection engineer is an exciting, innovative career pathway, and one that is driving the energy transition.

Grid connection engineers are needed for all renewable energy technologies at scale. They usually hold degrees in electrical engineering and are required to be proficient in the use of dynamic medium- to long-term simulation models for complex systems, and ideally have experience across a range of work settings in which grid connections play an essential role. They have excellent knowledge of the National Electricity Market and compliance requirements of AEMO or other network service providers. They are employed by developers, balance-of-plant providers, consultants and AEMO.

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Hear Inez's story

Inez is a grid connection engineer working in Australia's renewable energy industry.


A graduate program designed to fast track experience

The demand for grid connection engineers within the clean energy sector exceeds supply, with job advertisements outnumbering applicants. This demand will continue to grow as we race toward our renewable energy targets.

To address this shortage, the Clean Energy Council and AEMO have come together to create a unique industry-wide graduate program, offering participants experiences and learning opportunities not available in other programs. By bringing together multiple employing organisations as hosts, graduates in this program will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and new skills as they rotate through multiple work settings, whilst also receiving additional job-ready training and networking opportunities.

Hosts will be announced early June 2024.

4 rotations

Hear Pedro's and Sas' stories

Pedro and Sas are two graduates working with AEMO, one of the hosts of the program.


  • Applications open – 15 April 2024
  • Applications close – 20 May 2024
  • Gamified Assessment closes – 1 June 2024
  • Video assessment closes – 24 June 2024
  • Assessment centres – 24-26 July 2024
  • Letters of offer sent – early August 2024
  • Program commences – February 2025

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