Asset Managers – We are seeing high demand for Asset Managers with specific experience in electrical transmission and distribution equipment and infrastructure. With more focus on maintaining the current assets, employers will also create a position for an expert in this area.
Asset/Reliability Engineers – Employers are looking for candidates with experience in diesel generators. Remote towns and mine sites rely heavily on these assets and there is high demand from utility operators or mining companies with their own maintenance/support teams.
Engineers with coal fired power station experience - There is a severe lack of candidates with up-to-date knowledge of the detailed operations and maintenance of coal fired plants.
Operations Managers/Superintendents with coal fired power station experience – Again there is a shortage of suitable candidates with up-to-date knowledge of the detailed operations and maintenance of coal fired plants.
Operations Managers – Candidates with general knowledge of remote power station operations and maintenance are needed. A number of companies are looking to expand their remote operations in the near future and need to add this expertise to their current structure.
New South Wales:
Construction Managers – Large site-based projects are being undertaken in regional NSW and have created a need for Construction Managers.
Project Engineers and Project Managers – Large site-based projects have also fuelled a need for Project Engineers and Project Managers.
Lineworkers – There is a continuous requirement for trained maintenance staff to maintain network efficiency.
Electrical Engineers – This expertise is required across the board in order to deliver projects and maintain current assets.
Operations/Maintenance Managers – The downturn in design has resulted in a renewed focus on ensuring the reliability and efficiency of existing assets. A number of employers, particularly on the contractor side, are seeking experienced individuals to run teams and deliver projects successfully.
Lineworkers/G&B – The demand for Linesmen/women and Glove and Barrier candidates continues, with employers placing more emphasis on finding people with local experience.
Asset Managers – With a focus on maintaining existing assets, employers are focused on hiring key talent to manage contractors.
Construction Managers – Some site-based projects are being undertaken in Queensland and they have created a need for Supervisors with a civil, construction or electrical background.
Lineworkers – There is a continuous requirement for trained maintenance staff to maintain the efficiency of the existing network in Brisbane and regional Queensland.
High voltage Substation Technicians – The continuous network upgrade of existing assets has fuelled this demand.
Protection Engineers – There is an ongoing demand for experienced and degree qualified Protection Engineers.
In the foreseeable future there will be a need for Designers and Engineers to work on new substations for utilities companies. We also see a need for High Voltage Electricians with solar installation experience due to planned solar projects.
We have seen an increase in the number of temporary or contract roles for major projects and in order to gain headcount flexibility. However we have also seen permanent opportunities for trade professionals in the transmission and distribution industry.
While there are a number of candidates available, those with high level skill sets are in short supply.