Career Profiles – Engineering

Click on the images below to view the videos of each of these amazing STEM professionals.

Rosemary Barnes is a wind energy engineer. Learn about what she does in her job and the study pathway she followed to get there.

Judd Harris is an engineer and the Director of Indigenous Management Group based in Perth, Western Australia. He is also a STELR ambassador.


Sheena works on renewable energy projects. She’s also a documentary filmmaker, passionate about engineering solutions for humanitarian development.

Sonja works with clients to develop and design renewable energy projects.


Archana Sathivelu is a Systems Engineer Hydrix in Melbourne

Nick Williams is an Engineer currently working as Site Manager for Orica at Deer Park, Victoria.

Ella works on water infrastructure projects. She designs systems of pipes, pumps and tanks to store and re-direct both drinking water and recycled water.

Nikki is the first female President of Engineers Australia (SA).


Marianne works with design teams to create buildings and infrastructure that are fire safe.

Dr Catherine Ball trained as an environmental scientist and as a statistician.

Emily comes from a Computer Science and Engineering background and she founded a company that runs computer and coding clubs in schools and community centres.

Bridget Walker is Water and Wastewater Manager for Ballina Shire Council and Thomas Lees is a Treatment Plant Process Engineer. They are part of the team of people who work and plan to ensure the delivery of drinking water, wastewater and recycled water services to the residents and businesses within the Ballina Shire Council.

Belinda manages blasting services at sites and operations across the globe for the coals, metals and quarry industries.

Davina is passionate about finding sustainability solutions in property management, to improve the environment and for thriving communities.


Ivana was the lead design engineer working on Cochlear’s next generation Nexus7 Implant, the world’s first made for iPhone cochlear system.

Julie’s career in mining has gone from working as a metallurgist, extracting metal out of rock, to managing entire mine sites.

Claire Legrand talks about her job as an engineer specialising in marine renewable energy resources such as tidal and wave power. She discusses the study pathway that led to her career. She gives advice to students who would like to work in the renewable energy industry.

Sinapati Tupou is a protection systems consultant working on the New Zealand power grid. He is an electrical engineer and works for AECOM. He was interviewed during A Cigre Conference held in Melbourne.

Hamish Banks

Structural Engineer for Arup

“I work on improving buildings in countries like Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.”

Rosemary Barnes

Senior Engineer, De-Icing for LM Wind Power

“I am concerned about climate change, and with my background in composite materials and aerodynamics I felt that wind energy was a way I could contribute to practical solutions.”

Nick Jatan

Senior Electrical Engineer for Entura, Hydro Tasmania

“I am involved in the development of innovative solutions to problems encountered in the electrical power industry, in a renewable energy environment”

Michelle Radlof

Civil and Environmental Engineer for Rio Tinto

“I manage small site projects, which can range from road rehabilitation and resealing to designing weed wash down stations for the mine”

Angela Rozali

Senior Engineer, Renewable Energy. AECOM

“I’m focused on wind, solar and energy storage project development, which involves project management and energy generation modelling”

Nicholas Schulz

Automotive Engineer for Applidyne

“The aim of the project is to design a solar powered heat engine that is able to produce electricity, hot water and home heating cheaper than equivalent solar PV and hot water systems”

Chris Wilson

Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineer for the Government Architect’s Office, NSW Public Works.

“I design and supervise the construction of building-mounted solar power systems for public buildings”

Daniel Walsh

Wind Analyst/Engineer for Pacific Hydro

“I determine the wind resource of a site, design the wind farm layout and predict the energy output, which is used to determine whether the site is suitable for development”

Dan Natarajan

Graduate Technical Services Engineer (Mining)

“I work with mining and quarrying companies, designing blasting systems to meet their particular needs”


Haider Chaudhry

Chemical Engineer and Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Specialist for Orica

“I’m focussed on safety processes, risk management and finding engineering solutions to maximise safety.”


Alexandra Price

Electrical Engineer, Energex Limited

“I lead a team of electrical fitter mechanics and power workers who inspect and test the electricity poles and wires in South East Queensland.”

Nikki Shaw

Nikki Shaw

Water Engineer for Arup

“I design systems to deal with stormwater and drainage. I am also a consultant to organisations who help to supply better drinking water and sanitation to places in the world in need.”


Jeannie Sawka

Drilling Engineer, Origin Energy

“I design and supervise the construction of coal seam gas wells.”


Tom Bellinger

Mechanical Engineer for Rio Tinto

“I look after maintenance projects at the bauxite mining site at East Weipa in northern Queensland.”


Catherine Hart

Technical Services Engineer, Orica

“I provide technical support to mining sites and design blasting systems that are safe, efficient and cost effective.”


Hannah Golding

Mechatronics Engineer for Rio Tinto

“Working as a mechatronics engineer has allowed me to become involved with innovative projects that are challenging and will change the way we work in the future.”

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Jessica Stallard

Process engineer for Dampier Salt

“I carry out laboratory tests on salt that is mined to determine its quality.”


Shi Ping Sia

Process Engineer for Rio Tinto

“My job involves monitoring and troubleshooting the alumina refinery process as well as completing projects in process improvement.”

Career Profile Videos from The Australian Power Institute

Power engineers plan, design, construct, operate and maintain power systems and equipment. You can find out more about Power Engineering from API.

Elizabeth is an electrical engineer who works in the power industry.

Les started as an apprentice electrician who eventually trained to become a power engineer.

Jenny is an engineer who works with domestic solar energy and fuel cells.

Sarah is an electrical engineer who designs electrical sub-stations.

Matt is a power engineer who works with ABB.

James is an engineer who works with power generation equipment.

Kanchana is a mechatronics engineer who can control power plants all over the world.

Ed is a mechanical engineer who works in a company that manufactures transformers for the power industry.

Daniel is an engineer who received a scholarship to travel in Europe and North America and work in a number of fields with different power companies.

Rosemary Barnes Wind Energy Engineer Career Profile