Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

ESI Senior Systems Operator

Working as an ESI Senior Systems Operator, employees operate remote network systems and isolation of plant systems for work. They have responsibility for: the development of operational procedures and systems; managing the start-up and shut down of boilers and turbines, hydro plant and gas turbines; and ensuring the implementation of safe working practices and environmental procedures. Management and the supervision of others and coordination of work activities of individuals and/or teams is also a major part of their role.

Summary of Training

Core Units - all required

  • Implement and monitor energy sector OHS policies and procedures
  • Apply Occupational, Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Apply quality systems to work
  • Maintain quality systems within the team
  • Respond to a critical incident
  • Facilitate the use of contingency plans for power generation facilities
  • Monitor and implement environmental site plans and procedures
  • Coordinate network/system
  • Interpret and analyse multi-operation protection devices
  • Interpret and analyse single operation protection devices
  • Develop H.V. switching programs
  • Coordinate team activities
  • Operate and monitor system equipment
  • Coordinate response to critical incidents
  • Perform switching to a switching program
  • Manage Work, Health and Safety policy and procedures
  • Manage high voltage network system
  • Manage operational crisis to maintain or restore power system integrity
  • Coordinate power generation

Elective Units - total value of 960 weighting points

  • Manage people performance
  • Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • Conduct single energy source isolation procedures for permit to work
  • Analyse single protection device operation
  • Operate hydroelectric generating plant and auxiliary equipment
  • Operate local H.V. switchgear
  • Operate and monitor generator/alternator
  • Apply environmental and sustainable energy procedures
  • Monitor and maintain civil assets
  • Undertake dam safety surveillance
  • Facilitate workplace communication
  • Plan a scheduled outage
  • Produce maintenance plans for generation production plant
  • Coordinate operational strategies for power production
  • Produce maintenance strategies for generation production plant
  • Conduct project management
  • Manage quality control procedures
  • Monitor power generation plant reliability
  • Manage critical incidents
  • Manage operational strategies for power production
  • Manage commissioning and decommissioning

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.

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Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Energy & Utilities

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 1

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 2/8/2022. 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

Predicted growth in employment in this overall industry over the next 5 years.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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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.

Availability Information and More Details

ESI Senior Systems Operator - UEP50118
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classification * T
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 2/8/2022, rounded estimates for January 2021 to December 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 399213

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only.

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