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Cassidy Chellis

API Scholarship Recipient - Graduated 2023

Cassidy Chellis


Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering


Monash University


Monash University

"The next 28 years will be the single most politically, technologically and financially exciting time in the history of the Australian power industry, as we progress toward a net-zero nation in 2050."

I want to be there to see that change. I want to be there to lead that change.

Who am I

I approach engineering with a three-pronged approach. My years of leadership experience, having led groups and organisations of anywhere between 6 and 1700 people, allows me to contextualise my decisions within the wider sphere of the institution. My extensive history in the physical trades allows me to have realistic and refined expectations of the speed and quality of construction, while giving me a thorough and fundamental intuition for safety. Finally, my engineering experience has given me the confidence to pursue projects of any scope, whether solo or working in a team, and to quickly, efficiently supplement my knowledge where needed.

Why I chose a career in power

The power industry is the cornerstone of global society. Right now, it is experiencing the single greatest structural change since the invention of the steam engine. Australia has committed itself through the Paris Agreement to become carbon neutral by 2050, switching to a renewables-based, and potentially even a hydrogen-based economy. And so, the next 28 years will be the single most challenging and exciting time in the history of the Australian energy industry.

I want to be there to see that change. I want to be there to lead that change.

Where it all started

As an 18-year old undergraduate, fresh out of my first year of university, I got an internship at a small-town solar firm. I was given one of their more unusual projects: the design and tendering of a floating solar array, the largest ever to have been built in Australia. Over the next six weeks, I designed every aspect of that solar farm myself, learning as much as I could about solar design, grid protection, international procurement, automation processes, financing, risk management, construction processes and the unique challenges of building offshore. I learned more in those six weeks than ever I had before, and perhaps even since.

Though it was for but a short time, I continue to use the skills I learned in those six weeks on an almost daily basis, whether through my design automation work at Aurecon, or through my industry research and modelling with Marsden Jacob Associates.

My work experience.
What's next?

Currently an Energy Market Analyst at Baringa

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