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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, for engineering graduates looking to become grid connection engineers.
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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 the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) or other network service providers. They are employed by developers, balance-of-plant providers, consultants and AEMO.

REAL CAREERS

Working as an engineer

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

Part of her role involves negotiations with Network Service Providers and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to help renewable projects get through the connection application process.

Hear Pedro and Sas' stories

Pedro and Sas are two graduates working with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), one of the hosts of the program.

Video of Pedro and Sas, two grid connection engineering graduates working at AEMO

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.

Who can apply? 

Engineering graduates from Electrical, Mechatronics, Mechanical, Renewable Energy or other related disciplines, that complete their graduation prior to February 2025, and have the right to work in Australia for the two-year duration of the program are welcome to apply.

The program will be held in Victoria and Queensland.

We believe diversity drives innovation and encourage applications from individuals of all races, genders, ages, religions, identities, and experiences to apply.

Timeline

  • 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

Frequently asked questions

How can I confirm if I am eligible to apply for the program?

When you receive the handbook, page 7 asks you two questions to confirm your eligibility.

What employment type is the program designed for?

The program is designed as a two-year full-time program (38 hours per week). No other arrangements are available currently.

I have missed the application closing date. Can I still apply?

Should you have extenuating circumstances please email CRIgradprogram@cleanenergycouncil.org.au.

Will there be any additional training and development opportunities under the program?

Yes, the program has been designed with several technical and non-technical courses which are evenly distributed amongst each rotation. There will also be opportunities to participate in networking events as a cohort.

What will I be doing?

Each rotation will look different so no two rotations will be the same. However, you will work with a range of different teams and work on various projects. This will provide hands on experience with multiple aspects of the grid connection process including engaging with stakeholders, learning different compliance and policy requirements and more.

There will also be additional training and events which will be arranged through each rotation.

Where are the assessment centres?

Melbourne: AEMO Office

Brisbane: AEMO Office

What type of documentation do I need to provide in my application?

The initial application will require you to upload a copy of your CV and any documentation relating to your right to work.

Can I request to be employed on reduced hours?

Based on the design of the program it is not possible for a reduced hours arrangement. However, requests for reduced hours must be discussed with the program manager prior to the Video interview stage. Once you are employed any changes or requests are managed on an individual basis with the current host organisation and Airswift.

Can I take unplanned leave or defer my participation in the program?

You may discuss any unplanned leave or deferral of you position with the program manager.

What will the working arrangements look like in terms of flexibility?

As part of our program and for you to gain the most out of the rotations you will be required to work at your host organisations nominated office 3 days a week with support and guidance each day and then you have the option of working from home for 2 days.

Who will be my point of contact during the program?

The graduate program manager will be your point of contact along with support provided by Airswift and the host organisations.