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"The power industry is amazing because you are at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution."

Linus Mayes

API Bursary Recipient (Graduating 2023)

WHO ARE THEY: I am passionate about decarbonising the energy industry and driving out transition to renewable energy. In my spare time, I love playing guitar and hanging out with my friends.

Linus Mayes

KEY STRENGTHS: Teamwork, Work ethic, problem solving


I want to accelerate the transition to renewables. Working in the power industry is one of the best ways that I can make a contribution in this space, but driving widespread uptake of distributed energy resources, and engineering more flexible electricity networks.
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

Completed High School

What did I end up studying?

Master of Electrical Engineering from Monash University

Entering the industry

My previous work experience

My work placement experience

Working at United Energy as a student engineer in the Network Planning team. I got amazing experience learning about the physical constraints of integrating DER (like rooftop solar) into the LV network.

What I'm doing now

I want to continue making an impact in the energy space. I would love to work for a large energy company, helping them devise a renewable energy strategy. I would also love to advise governments on energy policy.

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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