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Design Drafter and Senior Design Drafter - Substation Civil Structural

Powerlink Queensland

Location: Virginia

Job Type: Full time


Powerlink is a leading Australian provider of high voltage electricity transmission network services, combining innovation with insight to deliver safe, cost effective and reliable solutions for Queensland.

As a Government Owned Corporation, Powerlink owns, develops, operates, and maintains the high voltage electricity transmission network in Queensland. The network extends 1,700 kilometres from Cairns to the New South Wales border and comprises 15,345 circuit km of transmission lines and 147 substations.

Powerlink’s purpose is to Connect Queenslanders to a World-class Energy Future and will play a key role in delivering the Queensland Governments recently announced “Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan” which is targeting 70% renewable energy by 2032 and 80% by 2035.

By joining Powerlink, you can be a part of the team that is transforming Queensland’s energy system and providing clean reliable and affordable energy for Queenslanders.

Job Summary

We are looking for motivated individuals who are driven and can deal with various stakeholders and bring together the best Primary Systems Design outcomes for Powerlink and our customers.

  • Work with a supportive, collaborative and innovative team of design professionals.
  • Play a critical role in supporting the design and drafting work for the Queensland Energy Plan.
  • Experience a role with a great variety of responsibilities and career opportunities in civil and structural design/drafting

About the role

One of Powerlink’s key drivers is to become the renewable energy super grid of the future and a leader in the transmission industry. If you have design drafting experience in High Voltage Substations or similar and want to further your a career in Primary Systems Substation design supporting the connection of renewable energy projects to the National Electricity Market, then we want to hear from you.

In this role you will:

  • Be responsible for Civil / Structural design drafting activities associated with high voltage substations.
  • Deliver practical and high quality drawings that comply with appropriate technical principles, standards and construction practices.
  • You work in collaboration with stakeholders and SMEs to develop optimised substation design and solutions in a timely manner.
  • Apply your expertise in substation design, construction and maintenance practices and requirements including relevant Australian Standards, Legislative and Contract requirements related to substations.

Due to significant growth in our works delivery portfolio we have various career and development opportunities either as Designer/ Drafter or Senior Designer /-Drafters. Flexible working is a key part of our business and we are happy to discuss what flexibility you will need.

About you

You are an experienced Design Drafter and will utilise your exceptional technical skills to provide a range of civil/structural design drafting activities associated with high voltage substations and/or transmission lines & underground cables.

You look forward to collaborating with leaders and specialists on the opportunities and deliverables that this diverse role offers.

In order to succeed in this role, you will have a demonstrated ability to successfully deliver substation civil and structural design drawings in order to ensure field maintenance, refurbishment and capital work is designed to time, budget and quality requirements for our HV transmission network.

We need someone with the passion and energy to prepare and deliver drawings and design solutions working with various internal and external stakeholders for multiple complex projects.

Your qualifications and experience should also include an Associate Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering supported by experience in High Voltage infrastructure design drafting.

What next?

If you see yourself in this opportunity, then we want to hear from you!

To apply please click on the Apply button to be taken to our careers page to start the application process, attaching your resume and cover letter responding to the ‘About you’ section above.

Please monitor your email for further communication regarding the progress of your application.

Applications close on Midnight Sunday, 26 March 2023. These opportunities have been re-advertised, previous applicants are being considered and will not need to re-apply.

If you would like to find out more about these opportunities please reach out to the Recruitment Team at

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About Powerlink

Powerlink is a leading Australian provider of electricity transmission services, delivering safe, cost effective and reliable solutions. Our purpose is to connect Queenslanders to a world-class energy future, providing electricity to five million Queenslanders and 238,000 businesses.

Our people strategy focuses on balanced leadership, values diverse backgrounds and fosters a culture of inclusion.

At Powerlink, we are an equal opportunity employer and proud to be a Work180 Endorsed Employer for Women.

Providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People is also an important part of our commitment to Reconciliation.

With the purpose of connecting Queenslanders to a world-class energy future, Powerlink know that their people are key. They aim to foster a culture of inclusion where people can unleash their potential because they value the strength diversity brings in helping them to be innovative, future ready and to drive value for customers.

We have a compelling place to come to work to, creating meaningful and purposeful environments that generate transactional collaboration and connection.

Our people strategy is focused on creating belonging, balanced leadership, values diverse backgrounds and fosters a culture of inclusion.

Help us connect Queenslanders to their world-class energy future.