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"I find the power industry exciting because it is rapidly changing due to the uptake of renewable energy and new technologies such as electric vehicles. Due to these changes, the power industry is generating a lot of new innovations, making it an exciting industry to work in."

Alexander Kingsley

API Bursary Recipient (Graduating 2023)

WHO ARE THEY: I am an electrical engineering and physics student in my final year of study with a passion for the power industry. My first electrical power units at university sparked my interest in the field, and ever since then it has become a goal of mine to work in the industry. Alongside my studies I gained experience as a programmer for a software company where I gained programming and teamwork skills.

Alexander Kingsley

KEY STRENGTHS: Problem solving, programming, and teamwork


Power has become an invaluable resource in modern society and I am excited to improve the way that this important resource is distributed. I embrace the challenge of moving towards more sustainable energy sources and am looking forward to being part of the solution.
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

Completed High School

What did I end up studying?

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from University of Tasmania

Entering the industry

My previous work experience

My work placement experience

While the API bursary has allowed me to participate in some amazing opportunities, my favourite was going to the substation for the Gordon Dam. I am always awed by the scale of the sites I had the privilege of visiting and learnt so much from being able to apply my knowledge in the workplace.

What I'm doing now

In the future I hope to work as an electrical engineer in the power industry, preferably in the fields of distribution, transmission, or renewable energy. I hope to be working in the industry when the last coal plants in Australia have been phased out.

My advice for anyone looking to get into the industry?

Take advantage of as many work placements and industry speakers at API events as possible - so you can get a good understanding of the many areas you can specialise in.

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"As we confront Australia's national skills shortage and the pressure to achieve Net Zero, the inclusion of women in the power industry becomes even more crucial. By leveraging diverse talents and perspectives, we can address these challenges. There are so many incredible women out there who's skills are needed in this space they just need the industry to support them in return."

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"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."

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Katrina Thomlinson

"There is value in every industry from diversity of thought and one way to bring diversity is employ more women in the workforce. Women bring different values, perspectives and approaches to solve the problems of today and into the future."

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What can I do next?

No matter if you're at high-school or at university, we have great programs and resources to get you started on your journey towards power engineering!

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