Skills in demand
Level 3 Design Engineers – Finalisation of distribution capital works programs, in states such as New South Wales, will see multiple level-three projects start, requiring both overhead and underground experience.
Lineworkers – We are seeing vacancies across some states for candidates with experience related to major capital works programs across distribution. Upgrade of the distribution network in many states is also creating a further need for experienced line workers.
Maintenance Trades and Asset Managers (transmission and distribution) – These candidates are required to maintain aging assets, where funding for upgrades has not eventuated in some states. The current networks are aging and more expertise is required to get the optimal performance and prolong the life of current assets.
Specialist Wind Farm Construction – Candidates with skills in this area are in demand with new generation projects currently underway in states such as South Australia.
Contract Managers – Candidates with specific knowledge of the power industry are in high demand as more candidates appear to trend towards resources and construction where salaries may be higher.
Electrical Engineers (utilities experience) – In a similar manner to contracts, salaries on offer in other sectors such as oil and gas or resources and mining are creating demand in utilities at very high levels.