The Energex Graduation


Eight determined Energex employees have tasted the sweetness of study success.

On Monday 22nd June a small, but heartfelt graduation ceremony was conducted at the Energex headquarters at Newstead in Brisbane. Their milestone was celebrated by Energex management, staff and the Dean of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), Steve Mackay, over from Western Australia for the event.

The eight graduates were addressed by a number of people including Steve and Chris Arnold, Energex’ Executive General Manager – Procurement, People and Services. Chris pointed out that despite the significant changes in the electrical power industry, opportunities and growth would always be possible for those prepared to continually improve their skills through further study and experience. Chris then presented the graduates with their framed qualifications; Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering. 

One of the graduates, Mathew Collins, gave an impressive speech on behalf of his fellow graduates. He expressed his deep gratitude to the decision makers at Energex, for their commitment to and investment in their staff. 

With regards to the course and to study generally he said, “It has increased our technical knowledge and given us the confidence to make decisions and challenge ideas. These types of advanced studies will bridge the gap between where our industry is now and where our industry is headed.”

Matt went on to explain how the power cable module inspired him and was instrumental in the design of a cable pulling tension calculator which is now in use.

Matt provided quotes from his fellow graduates too. Zoe Relf claimed that the advanced diploma had, “given me confidence in my knowledge and my ability to provide a quality service to our construction teams.” David Varady spoke of its impact on his career, “I have no doubt the program assisted me to successfully gain a position in Network Operations and the knowledge I have gained will help me to further develop within the Control Room and Network Access.”

Dane Nice, another graduate, commented on the EIT’s learning platform, “I found the flexibility of the delivery to be beneficial. Being delivered online, I had the option of attending the webinar sessions from Brisbane, at Energex’s northern metropolitan office at Nundah, my depot at Gatton or from home.”

All of us at the EIT would like to congratulate the graduates; Mathew Collins, Jason Gudzinski, Tim Hockey, Dane Nice, Zoe Relf, David Varady and Simon Goodridge, and we wish them everything of the best.

Finally, Odette Hollings from Energex deserves recognition for facilitating the graduation ceremony so ably and whose support, I believe, contributed to the success of the graduates.