Working as an Assistant Unit Controller in the electricity supply industry, you will be part of a team that works within systems to deliver reliable power supply. You will operate local plant systems, isolate plant systems for work, and observe and monitor civil plant infrastructure.

Summary of Training

  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Apply environmental and sustainable energy procedures
  • Apply quality systems to work
  • Conduct single energy source isolation procedures for permit to work
  • Ensure compliance with work health and safety policy and procedures
  • Liaise with stakeholders
  • Maintain and utilise records
  • Perform process plant inspections
  • Undertake local systems operations
  • Carry out operational checks on in-service electrical plant
  • Conduct operational checks on in-service mechanical plant
  • Respond to a critical incident
  • Analyse single protection device operation
  • Operate and monitor fixed fire protection systems
  • Operate and monitor supervisory control and data acquisition systems
  • Support effective workplace relationships
  • Licence to operate a personnel and materials hoist
  • Conduct wheel loader operations
  • Monitor and maintain wind farm civil assets
  • Operate and monitor a hydro turbine
  • Operate and monitor boiler steam/water cycle
  • Operate and monitor communications system    
  • Operate and monitor generator/alternator
  • Operate and monitor hydro plant auxiliary systems
  • Operate and monitor oil systems
  • Operate and monitor water quality monitoring systems
  • Operate and monitor water systems condensate and feedwater
  • Operate and monitor water treatment plant
  • Operate local H.V. switchgear
  • Operate manual systems
  • Undertake dam safety surveillance

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector

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Industry Group
Energy & Utilities

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
Manual & Realistic

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 22/23: 4

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 18/10/2023. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Assistant Unit Controller - UEP30122
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 18/10/2023, rounded estimates for April 2022 to March 2023. This data is for general information purposes only.

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