As a University student I researched various Graduate Programmes in different industries, and found Transpower’s programme to be very unique and interesting.
As a Mechanical Engineer I enjoy building, creating and designing big things. At the time I thought "What's a bigger thing than New Zealand's national power grid?" So, in early 2019, I started the graduate programme.
Since then I have lived in 5 different cities, both North and South, and have been fortunate to travel around New Zealand while working - seeing new landscapes along the way.
My work is definitely interesting. I have been involved in designing power supply plans for local iwi, investigating public electrical risks across the entire national grid, and upgrading power lines in the South Island to enable sufficient transmission to the North Island.
I have gained experience in Project Management, which has taught me the importance of money, time, forecasting, and communication between different parties, and Tactical Engineering where I’ve learned how to work within a large engineering team. The team ranges from ex-Graduates to Senior Principal Engineers and everyone is happy to share their knowledge and experience with me. Our Engineering Consultants have taught me the value of responsibility and ownership over my own technical work.
Now, with my Graduate programme coming to an end, I am on a career path that I know I’ll be happy with. There are many directions that I can pursue in the Power industry, both now and in the future, and I know that all of them will allow me to develop and grow professionally.
From my experience, if you're looking to make a difference - somewhere, somehow - Transpower does this well with New Zealand's best interest in mind.
I was beyond excited when I learned that I had been accepted into Transpower’s graduate programme. Being my first job out of university, it was the perfect way to enter the workforce. At university I gained a theoretical understanding of how the power system works, then I solidified these concepts by working in different parts of Transpower. This helped me deepen my understanding of many issues, such as:
The graduate programme rapidly widens your network and provides an insight into how people work together from different parts of the organisation - which is very valuable because you’ve built relationships across the business. From there, you are able to decide where your skills are best utilised.
Presently, I am a member of the System Planning team - this is a really cool team to work in! We use forecast data and work alongside our customers to see where we are likely to have issues on the grid in the future, and then find the economic solution and decide when we need to upgrade or enhance our national grid. It’s not as easy as it sounds because no one can predict the future and there is inevitable uncertainty. Some even liken it to crystal ball gazing!
In my experience I have found that people at Transpower are willing to go out of their way to teach you what they know. It’s an all-round friendly environment.
My first experience of Transpower was during my university summer holidays where I gained work experience required to complete my Mechanical Engineering degree. This arrangement allowed me to get to know the company and complete my degree at the same time.
In 2008 I joined the Transpower Graduate Programme where I was exposed to different areas of the business including maintenance, engineering support, grid planning, and various major projects. I found the rotations extremely helpful as they gave me the opportunity to explore my options and find the area that suited me best. The structure of the programme was one of the major reasons why I joined Transpower.
Transpower has provided me with a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities. There is great support for the programme from senior leaders and a real drive within the company to work not only on technical skills but build leadership capability as well.
I’ve held a number of roles within the organisation and have moved into engineering management. My current role is Acting Head of Engineering Integration. I still rely heavily on the contacts and skills I gained during my graduate years and recommend Transpower to anyone who wants to have an exciting career.
If you’re the kind of person that wants to get a hands-on view of the world, see the country and learn from the best in the business then this programme is for you. I have always wanted to ‘build big things’ which is why I became an engineer. And here I am, doing it - living the dream!