Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Unit Controller

Working as a Unit Controller in the electricity supply industry, you will undertake remote operation of network equipment and the isolation of plant and associated equipment. You will provide cost estimations, the supervision of team members and coordination of work activities.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 13 required

  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Implement and monitor energy sector WHS policies and procedures
  • Analyse single protection device operation
  • Apply quality systems to work
  • Conduct single energy source isolation procedures for permit to work
  • Coordinate response to critical incidents
  • Coordinate team activities
  • Interpret and analyse multi-operation protection devices
  • Maintain quality systems within the team
  • Monitor and implement environmental site plans and procedures
  • Operate and monitor supervisory control and data acquisition systems
  • Plan and organise work
  • Respond to a critical incident

Elective Units – 24 required

  • Conduct multiple energy source isolation procedures for permit to work
  • Coordinate permit to work system
  • Operate and monitor a.c. electrical systems
  • Operate and monitor d.c. electrical systems
  • Undertake local systems operations
  • Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • Lead effective workplace relationships
  • Implement continuous improvement
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Estimate electrotechnology projects
  • Apply environmental and sustainable energy procedures
  • Carry out operational checks on in-service electrical plant
  • Conduct non-routine operational testing
  • Conduct operational checks on in-service mechanical plant
  • Control permit to work operations
  • Coordinate local H.V. networks
  • Ensure compliance with work health and safety policy and procedures
  • Facilitate the use of contingency plans for power generation facilities
  • Operate and monitor boiler draught system
  • Operate and monitor system equipment
  • Run up a steam turbine
  • Shut down a boiler unit
  • Shut down a steam turbine
  • Start up a boiler unit

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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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

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

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

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

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

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

Availability Information and More Details

Unit Controller - UEP40122
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classification T *
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

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T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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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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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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