Field Operations Traineeship

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Our Field Operations Traineeship Program focuses on providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join the energy industry.

As a Trainee you will undertake a 12-month training program, which provides an introduction to the electricity industry. You will learn what it takes to build and maintain the poles and wires that deliver electricity to our customers.

Through a combination of formal and on-the-job training, you will learn electrical skills and knowledge, along with develop in the areas of literacy, numeracy and workplace experiences.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be offered the opportunity to progress into a full trade qualification as an Apprentice Powerline Worker.

Skills you will acquire

  • Correct use of power tools
  • Construction skills in overhead power systems
  • Practical skills in plant operation, including for elevated work platforms
  • Manual skills in using hand tools
  • Electrical theory and how electrical system components work

How much will I earn as a Field Operations Trainee?

Position Weekly Pay Rate Plus 16% Superannuation Total Weekly Remuneration*
Field Operations Trainee - under 21 years $674.58 $107.93 $782.51
Field Operations Trainee - 21 years and over $819.57 $131.13 $950.70

Note: Rate as of 1 July 2023, with yearly CPI changes in line with the relevant Enterprise Agreement.
*Allowances are paid in addition to this amount. All costs associated with travelling for training and work are paid for by Essential Energy.

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Tom's story

TomTom Hammond, a Kamilaroi man, joined Essential Energy in 2017 as a participant on the Field Operations Trainee Program and successfully transitioned into the Apprentice Program in 2018. He completed his apprenticeship in 2022 and is now a fully qualified Powerline Worker.

Tom heard about the job opportunity through his involvement with the Clontarf Foundation during school.

“Clontarf told me Essential Energy were looking for people for their new Field Operations Trainee Program so I thought I would apply. I have gained so many skills during my time with Essential Energy which I can use both inside and outside of work. It is a good place to work with good people who really look after you.”