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"No matter what I get to work on, the power industry will be a rewarding career path where I am continuously learning and adapting to the changing network."

Avisa Agustina

API Bursary Recipient (Graduating 2023)

WHO ARE THEY: I joined the API in 2020 which gave me the wonderful opportunity to work at Energy Queensland and Powerlink, while also getting involved in the TJ Effeney scholarship, Powerful Women in Leadership Program, and the API student advisory committee. Outside of that, I think the creativity from other hobbies have given me new perspectives when I am problem-solving – I like to play piano, read, and do both digital and traditional illustrations.

Avisa Agustina

KEY STRENGTHS: Problem-solving, adaptability, eager to learn


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My Journey

Where it all started for me

Completed High School

What did I end up studying?

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Engineering from the University of Queensland

Entering the industry

It is exciting to get involved in the power industry with the rise of renewables alongside the challenge of maintaining system stability when more coal fired plants are being shut down, all the while we have record minimum and maximum demand. I know that no matter what I get to work on, the power industry will be a rewarding career path where I am continuously learning and adapting to the changing network.

My previous work experience

My work placement experience

My favourite part of the industry placements has always been starting a new project, whether that is in the EV forecasting space or implementing a non-standard scheme for substation protection systems. I am also currently completing my Masters placement and thesis which has so far been incredibly valuable to my engineering development.

What I'm doing now

I aim to complete a graduate program once I finish my studies and then pursue a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland certification. However, I might also move overseas to get an insight into the unique opportunities and challenges of the power grid in other countries.

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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Avisa Agustina

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