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"Being part of the power industry means being at the forefront of innovation in technologies that have a very real impact on lives and the environment."

Dominic Banks-Smith

API Bursary Recipient (Graduating 2023)

WHO ARE THEY: I'm a young engineering student based in Perth, WA, currently undertaking my thesis and final semesters of University. Throughout my studies I have sparked a keen interest in renewables and microgrid technologies.

Dominic Banks-Smith

KEY STRENGTHS: Communication, Respect and Professionalism


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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 Electronics Engineering from Curtin University

Entering the industry

Be involved as much as possible in the positive change that is coming to the power industry.

My previous work experience

My work placement experience

Being involved in renewables projects from design to construction. Additionally, an exposure to working alongside tradespeople through project engineering support work for manufacturing and ongoing site works.

What I'm doing now

The power industry is one of the most dynamic and exciting industries moving into the future. The rise in the prevalence of renewables and energy storage make the power sector especially exciting.

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.

How to connect with

Dominic Banks-Smith

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Abby Biles

"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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Liana Lidden-Verney

"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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