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Power Station Controller

Alcoa Australia

Location: Kwinana Beach, Pinjarra

Job Type: Full time


Just as aluminium is the element of possibility, so too, are our current and future employees. When you join Alcoa, you have the opportunity to help define what it means to be a sustainable aluminium company. Come grow your career, collaborate on a global scale, and deliver materials essential to the world. While some roles are based on-site, Alcoa also offers a flexible working model for certain positions. Learn more about the endless career possibilities for you at Alcoa!

About the job

Permanent opportunities currently available within our refineries for suitably qualified and experienced Power Station Controllers.

Our people inspire us daily with their passion, their ideas and their support for each other.

At our three alumina refineries south of Perth; Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup, we run some of the most energy efficient natural gas-fired cogeneration power stations. These enable us to considerably reduce our refinery emissions, working towards Alcoa’s value of sustainability, whilst supplying low cost energy to others across WA.

The productivities and efficiencies of our power stations are not solely due the technologies we employ but are reliant on the skills and knowledge of those that operate them. We are seeking experienced and proactive Power Station Controllers to join our crews. As well as recruiting for current permanent roles, we are sourcing star performers to fill our talent pool for future vacancies within all three refineries. Rosters include a flexible 9-day fortnight and a 12-hour continuous shift roster.

Our Power Station Controllers work in a supportive, flexible environment, operating across all three of our WA Powerhouses to support major overhauls, projects and business improvements. Joining them, you would be communicating across multi-disciplinary teams to meet the criticality of your tasks, making quality decisions to support business needs in a constantly evolving environment.

As a Power Station Controller, you have an outstanding ability to fault find on a range of steam, power, hydraulic and air driven equipment. Your proactive nature means you are continually working to ensure you are improving reliability and equipment readiness and you are passionate about passing on your knowledge of sophisticated mechanical and electrical concepts to those around you.

About you

We appreciate that power station experience is a niche skillset. Are you passionate about problem solving with technical and precision turbines and compressors? Can you take a project from concept to completion? Operate a digital control system? Do you find yourself naturally identifying and rectifying risks and operate with a safety-first mentality, using controls and procedures to enable this? Alcoa has the perfect opportunity for you!

To be part of our ongoing success you will have:

  • A Worksafe High Risk Licence for Advanced Boilers (BA) and Turbine Operation (TO)

  • Experience in the operation of Gas Turbines with Heat Recovery Steam Generators

  • Previous experience in condition monitoring and distributive control

  • Certificate IV in ESI (Generation), or a commitment to complete it

  • Experience with Power Station or similar precision rotating equipment

  • Strong customer service focus

  • Self-motivation to work both semi-autonomously and collaboratively in a small dynamic team

Why Alcoa?

Our values – act with integrity, operate with excellence, care for people – are at the foundation of everything we do.

At Alcoa we strive to create an inclusive workplace where employees can bring their whole selves to work regardless of their background. We know it starts and finishes with you, which is why our value ‘care for people’ is so important to us. It ensures not only your physical safety but also provides an inclusive and welcoming workplace for people from all walks of life, encouraging diversity of thought from each and every person.

We embrace change, new ideas and promote a culture of respect and equal opportunity. Our employment programs are underpinned by diversity and equality and continue to be recognised and rewarded. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women and LGBTIQ+ job seekers.

As an Alcoa employee, you will embark on growth opportunities and can truly make a difference being part of an organisation that respects and considers flexibility while empowering you with stimulating and challenging work.

Flexible work arrangements may be considered, please let us know when you apply if this is something you are seeking.

What’s on offer?

  • Excellent remuneration package

  • Secure, permanent and local employment without FIFO pressures

  • Provision of all your work clothing, PPE and tooling

  • Average working week of 36 hours

  • Industry leading superannuation

  • Industry leading parental leave scheme

  • Paid annual volunteer hours

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Novated car lease scheme

  • Employee groups including the Social Club, Alcoa Women’s Network and EAGLE (Employees at Alcoa for Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender Equality)

Our Locations

Alcoa’s Australian operations represent one of the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting systems and add value to Australia’s local, state and national economies at every stage. Our Australian operations support approximately 4,370 direct jobs including multiple entry talent pathways/programs, predominantly in regional Western Australia.

Supported by our head office in Booragoon and the Bindjareb Regional office in Pinjarra, our operations include: our world-class Technology Development Centre of Excellence (COE), two bauxite mines in Western Australia (Huntly and Willowdale); three alumina refineries in Western Australia (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup); one aluminium smelter in Victoria (Portland); two dedicated port facilities in Western Australia (Kwinana and Bunbury); and two Alcoa Farmlands sites in Western Australia (Pinjarra and Wagerup).

Applications close
Monday 5 June 2023

Please note that no agency applications will be accepted at this time.

Additional information

  • You will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for an interview, this process can take up to four weeks from the closing date.

  • This position is available only to permanent Australian residents or applicants who hold the relevant Visa with authority to work in Australia. Please ensure this information is clearly stated on your application.