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Western Power

4.2
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Government & Public Service

Western Power is a WA State Government owned corporation that builds, maintains and operates the electricity network in the south west corner of Western Australia.

Our vast transmission and distribution network connects Western Australians to a wide range of both traditional and renewable energy sources to power a vibrant modern lifestyle.

Although we have been delivering energy safely, reliably and efficiently for more than 70 years, our focus is always firmly on the future.

Our vision is to deliver on the changing energy needs of Western Australians, powered by community trust and the passion of our people. It is an exciting time to be in the electricity industry – a time of great change, innovation and opportunity.

At Western Power, our health, safety and wellbeing are our priority. Our values – Safety First, Customer Focus, Be Bold and Teamwork – encapsulate all that is good about our company. We’re innovative and collaborative with a firm focus on safety and our customers.

With over 2,700 employees, we’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace of the future. We know that unique perspectives, ideas and contributions only strengthen our workforce and are recognised and valued.

We encourage applications supporting our key priority communities - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, women and people with disability. For people with disability, we are committed to ensuring an accessible and inclusive work environment enabling full participation in all aspects of employment wherever possible by offering reasonable adjustments.

What’s on offer for graduates?

We recruit up to ten graduates annually. A large number of our graduates have Electrical Engineering qualifications; however, we also recruit graduates from other STEM related qualification such as

  • Science (including Data Science)
  • Technology (Computer Science)
  • IT and Mathematics (applied mathematics, Statistics).

Our graduates complete six rotations over three years in order to provide them with a broad understanding of the energy sector. You can expect a lot of challenging and diverse tasks and will receive some great on-the-job training from qualified professionals in the business.

We’ll help you develop your career through continuous learning. You’ll have access to training through our registered training organisation (Power Training Services) plus opportunities for coaching and mentoring. You’ll work on various projects which will involve travel to our depots around the south west of WA.

We also host up to seven paid vacation placements over the summer break each year.

In the first instance, these places are offered to our scholarship holders and bursary recipients and then to those that have provided an expression of interest during the year. Occasionally we host students on unpaid internships where there’s a need in the business.

In whatever role you’re in, you’ll be part of our reward and recognition program, designed to make saying “thanks” easy and accessible. It is about being appreciated for doing a great job and being recognised for demonstrating outstanding behaviour.

If you want to be a part of a passionate and innovative team in an exciting and changing industry, we want to hear from you.
 

Graduate Review

4.2
Overall score based on 11 reviews
8.9
Culture
9
Diversity
8.3
Satisfaction
8.4
Office Work Environment
8.9
Culture
9
Diversity
8.3
Satisfaction
8.4
Office Work Environment
  • Lots of team support, positive working culture.
  • Western Power has a very supportive culture, where almost everyone I have worked with are willing to give up some of their time to help me learn and develop.
  • Working flexibility, diverse workplace, friendly teammates
  • Being part of the Western Power Graduate Program allows me to experience different areas of engineering within the industry. It will allow you to then decide which area you really want to see your career out in.
  • The graduate program allows me to gain experience in a number of different areas of the business with 6-monthly rotations for the duration of a 3-year program.
  • A wealth of in-house technical knowledge.
  • Variety of work to be exposed to as a graduate. Gaining experience to further myself in my career
  • Flexibility Opportunities
  • Working with the Chamber of Commerce of Industry gives you a very broad view of the Power Industry. This Program rotates you through major power industry companies. It covers generation and transmission, which is essential for a new grad to get their head around both aspects of Power industry.
  • Range of roles Opportunity for career growth
  • Didn't provide customer engagement training
  • The business can be quite 'siloed' and so its not always clear to people what other teams do. The rotating graduate program has been a lens into the issue, but a big part of the solution.
  • Big organisation, a little unorganised at times
  • Each rotation is around 6 months, some more technically involved areas would possibly require more than 6 months to get you to an adequate level to do some decent work In that space. But even if you did go to those areas, and wasn't part of a major project, you still learn quite a lot which may increase your technical abilities for future rotations or after the graduate program.
  • Learning to navigate numerous corporate systems and learn who is responsible for what ie: learning how to "get things done".
  • Site visits are infrequent in my current role.
  • The rotation period is sometimes not enough to settle into the environment of the host organisation.
  • Difficulties implementing changes due to the size of the organisation

Opportunities

  • Perth & South west WA
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Engineering & Mathematics
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IT & Computer Science
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Sciences

Graduate Job

Looking for a career path with a workplace that is changing the future of the electricity network in Western Australia? …

Graduate Job

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Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
It is particularly rewarding to see how a design goes from an idea on a piece of paper.

Terrence Murdoch

  • Graduate stories
It is particularly rewarding to see how a design goes from an idea on a piece of paper.

Terrence Murdoch

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  • Graduate stories
I am mainly involved in the short-medium term designs at our zone substations.

Sahil Khubchandani

  • Graduate stories
I am mainly involved in the short-medium term designs at our zone substations.

Sahil Khubchandani

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  • Graduate stories
It is particularly rewarding to see how a design goes from an idea on a piece of paper.

Terrence Murdoch

  • Graduate stories
It is particularly rewarding to see how a design goes from an idea on a piece of paper.

Terrence Murdoch

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  • Graduate stories
I am mainly involved in the short-medium term designs at our zone substations.

Sahil Khubchandani

  • Graduate stories
I am mainly involved in the short-medium term designs at our zone substations.

Sahil Khubchandani

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A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Matthew Bond

Matthew studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Electrical Power Engineering Major at Curtin University and is now an Electrical Engineer at Western Power
  • Day in the life

Matthew Bond

Matthew studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Electrical Power Engineering Major at Curtin University and is now an Electrical Engineer at Western Power
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  • Day in the life

Josh Capponi

Josh studied Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence at Edith Cowan University and is a Business Graduate (STEM Graduate) at Western Power
  • Day in the life

Josh Capponi

Josh studied Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence at Edith Cowan University and is a Business Graduate (STEM Graduate) at Western Power
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  • Day in the life

Matthew Bond

Matthew studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Electrical Power Engineering Major at Curtin University and is now an Electrical Engineer at Western Power
  • Day in the life

Matthew Bond

Matthew studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Electrical Power Engineering Major at Curtin University and is now an Electrical Engineer at Western Power
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  • Day in the life

Josh Capponi

Josh studied Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence at Edith Cowan University and is a Business Graduate (STEM Graduate) at Western Power
  • Day in the life

Josh Capponi

Josh studied Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence at Edith Cowan University and is a Business Graduate (STEM Graduate) at Western Power
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