Department of Regional NSW
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Senior Electrical Engineer

Senior Electrical Engineer

  • 494151
  • Engineering
  • Full-time opportunity - 2 years
  • Location flexible across NSW 
  • Salary up to $122,038 plus super and leave loading


Our Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.

We are currently seeking a Senior Electrical Engineer to join Public Works Advisory (PWA) within the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW).

In this role you will be an important part of a team which provides engineering expertise in the field of electrical engineering focussing on client needs to ensure the consistent delivery of outcomes, including project quality, agreed timeframes and budget, in accordance with WHS policies and procedures, in order to deliver the client’s objectives and critical success factors. Contribute to the operation of the service line so that it is a viable commercial business providing value for money for clients.

You will be contributing to significant infrastructure projects that make a real difference to NSW regional communities by:

  • Providing specialised engineering and technical advice to clients and senior management in order that Government and clients receive optimal technical, economic and environmental solutions.
  • Nurturing existing client relationships and promoting the technical and project capabilities of PWA to external and internal clients to ensure the growth and viability of the business.
  • Managing large and complex projects from planning, scoping through to design development and handover, including monitoring and progress reporting, to ensure deliverables meet the agreed quality, time and budget constraints, as well as client expectations.
  • Keeping abreast of technology development and Australian and industry standards to ensure design compliance.


About you

To be successful in this role you will have the following:

  • Degree in electrical engineering (low voltage) discipline with eligibility for member status of a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia.
  • Extensive and proven knowledge and detailed design experience (at least 10 years) in providing renewable energy, especially PV and battery systems electrical engineering design related to water engineering projects.
  • Sound understanding and application of best practice project management of all phases of design.
  • Proven experience in detail design of renewable energy as well as PV systems electrical works in the water industry such as pumping stations and water and wastewater treatment plants, encompassing primarily Photo Voltaic with battery systems design but also high power supply, switchboards, motor controls, etc.
  • Ability to initiate, develop and foster client relationships.
  • Good leadership skills.
  • Embrace innovation with an ability to identify and implement process improvement.
  • A valid NSW Driver’s Licence and willingness to drive to remote locations which may include overnight stays.


About Us

Public Works Advisory (PWA) is part of the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), and supports local and state government agencies to deliver critical infrastructure initiatives by providing expert advisory, planning, design, delivery and support services.  Our work is in the hospitals, dams, water treatment plants and high schools – the real foundations of prosperous communities.  Every day we help shape the ambitious projects that bring progress to more people in NSW. From forging a more sustainable relationship with the land around us, to engineering the big ideas of the future. In every challenge we see the chance to build stronger and more connected communities. We do this by developing solutions that show creativity and grassroots ingenuity, providing impartial advice and support at all levels of government and the private sector, and partnering with experts to maximise the benefits of our knowledge and experience.

In PWA offices all over the state, you’ll find local expertise for local issues. We uncover the best talent, scrutinise cost and risk, and bridge the gap between private sector and government. By managing these nuances, projects we work on don’t just get done, they become benchmarks others aspire to.


Applying for the role

Apply by submitting a current resume and brief cover letter that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

For more information about the role, please click here to view the role description.

Additionally, if you would like to hear more about this role please contact Hendrik Van Rhijn, Director Water, Wastewater & Planning on 02 9240 8709.


Closing Date: Monday 25 October 2021 at 11:55pm

We welcome diversity.  If you have a disability, condition or illness and have concerns about accessibility through the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact Laura Ferguson on 0427 907 476 to discuss how we can assist you.


A recruitment talent pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next 18 months.

Please note that NSW Government expects all NSW government sector employees who can be safely vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

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