“Energy is essential for development, and sustainable energy is essential for sustainable development.” — Tim Wirth
API Bursary Recipient (Graduating 2023)
WHO ARE THEY: Throughout the past 14 years I have worked as a marine engineer onboard a variety of vessels. During this time, I developed a strong interest in the design and implementation of electrical systems, which motivated me to study an electrical and electronic engineering degree remotely through Deakin University. Despite now being in my final year, I consider myself a lifelong learner and am excited to continue growing and embracing new challenges for decades to come. I love contributing within a team environment and am motivated by the opportunity to be involved with creating a sustainable energy future.
KEY STRENGTHS: Ability to establish good relationships and work collaboratively as part of a team. Critical thinking and aptitude in solving difficult or ambiguous problems. Adaptability to a variety of tasks or roles with a strong desire to learn and contribute.
WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?
Where it all started for me
Completed High School
What did I end up studying?
Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) from Deakin University
Entering the industry
My previous work experience
My work placement experience
During my internship placement with SA Power Networks in 2023/23, I worked with the protection team on the detailed design of new relay panels in distribution substations. Towards the end of my placement, I was invited to attend the onsite commissioning of one of these panels. I had gained significant confidence in my understanding of power systems through my studies and work experience, and during the testing I was able to contribute to the resolution of an unexpected test result. This experience was a definite highlight, and the visit helped me to better comprehend the link between computer-based design and the real-world implementation of electrical systems, which is very important to me. However, my biggest highlight was the warm acceptance I felt from the team at the end of the placement.
What I'm doing now
Over the next few years, I hope to gain further technical skills in the detailed design of electrical systems and develop a fluent understanding of how these designs are practically implemented onsite. Eventually, I hope to use this capability within an innovative team environment to solve challenging technical problems in the transition to a reliable and sustainable energy future.
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