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Liana Lidden-Verney

Project Delivery Coordinator

Liana Lidden-Verney


Electrical / Mechanical Engineering


Queensland University of Technology


Powerlink QLD

"There is no gender monopoly on the skills needed in the industry. By having a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we fuel innovation and innovation is exactly what this industry will be reliant on for generations to come."

Who am I

A mother, wife, career professional and mature-age student, my life so far has been rich with experience. From building a diverse career in a number of different industries to living in Asia and all across Australia, adventures, you could say I have had a few. But, it was a desire to follow my dreams and secure my son's future that led me to university. My family, university, the API, and my employer Powerlink, have been pillars of support to me and allow me to (attempt to) balance motherhood, work, and studies. I'm living proof that it's never too late to feed your soul and embark on a new journey.

Why I chose a career in power

There are so many jobs to choose from: The power industry isn't just about fixing power lines. It's massive and has loads of cool jobs like designing solar panels, managing wind farms, working with smart grids, or electric vehicles. It's great for people who want to work with their hands through to those that want to be in an office - there's something for everyone.

We are saving the planet: With climate change, we need clean energy now more than ever. If you work in the power industry, especially in renewables, you could help save the planet.

Tech & Innovation: If you love tech and innovation, you'll find a lot of it here. You might work on the latest battery tech for storing energy or on smart systems that control the flow of electricity.

Future-Proof/Job Stability: With global energy needs increasing, there will always be a need for power industry professionals. The world will always need power, so jobs in this industry are usually pretty secure.

Skill Up: You'll gain a ton of skills in this field. Not just the techy stuff, but you'll also learn about economics, laws, and how to lead projects.

Study: Many jobs in the power industry require a trade certificate or a degree in something like engineering or environmental science. It's not easy, but if you enjoy these subjects, it can be a great fit!

Just remember to explore and see what grabs your interest. This field can be challenging but also very rewarding. You can make a real difference in people's lives and the health of our planet.

Where it all started

As a child from the bush, the silhouette of a windmill on the Outback horizon would captivate me; I loved watching them and trying to figure them out. So seeing my first wind turbine amplified the early enchantment into a profound awe. It wasn't just an interest; it was a calling.

The saying goes, "Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." for me, that meant finding a way to work among these incredible machines. I studied Electrotechnology and Sustainability at TAFE the content fueled my curiosity further. I found that the jobs I was interested in called for an Engineering degree. So combining my love of machines and interest in the Power industry, an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering degree seemed like a perfect match.

My work experience.
What's next?

I love that I am part of something that's changing for the better every day. As an industry, we are solving tricky problems, we're figuring out how to power our world in smarter, cleaner ways and making a real difference to the world and future generations.

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