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"The power industry is an exciting area to be in as there is a push towards achieving net zero emissions. Contributing to this widespread goal through the power industry provides an opportunity to work towards a great purpose that benefits all individuals in businesses and households."

Danielle Peralta

API Bursary Recipient (Graduating 2023)

WHO ARE THEY: I am an electrical and electronic engineering student with a second major in management, commencing my Master of Professional Engineering with an expected graduation date of end of 2025. I am passionate about developing my technical and interpersonal skills by gaining as much exposure in the professional industry and would like to gain more hands-on experience. I genuinely enjoy my engineering degree as it involves practical activities that allow you to visually see a project from start to finish, which gives a sense of accomplishment from its challenges.

Danielle Peralta

KEY STRENGTHS: Time management, analytical skills, communication


The power industry is such an essential field in all areas of engineering. Progressing towards the power industry provides an opportunity to contribute to the shift towards renewable energy as the workplace aims towards a net zero emission goal. With many engineering industries increasing their capacity to produce, there is an increase in the use of energy, which makes the power industry an essential field to enter in.
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

Completed High School

What did I end up studying?

Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Western Australia

Entering the industry

My previous work experience

Although I have not been in a role specific to the power industry, I have gained exposure in asset management in consulting and control systems in mining. The best experience in these fields has been having the ability to see large-scale assets in operation and the different teams that interact with each other to ensure that the site is running properly.

My work placement experience

What I'm doing now

My goal in my early career is to gain as much exposure to a diverse range of technical experiences in the electrical and electronic field, (with examples being in the power, communications and control systems field) to develop a range of applicable skills. In this, I would like to specialise in an area that highly interests me and progress towards a leadership role as my management second major has increased my interest in human capability and developing efficient teams.

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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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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