Expression of Interest - CopperString 2032 - Design and Engineering

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.

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.

At Powerlink, every possibility starts with you

We believe life’s about possibilities. And so is the future.

Powerlink Queensland manages and operates Queensland’s high voltage transmission network, providing high voltage electricity to over five million Queenslanders and 238,000 businesses.

With exponential growth already underway, we are currently inviting expressions of interest for the CopperString 2032 project. Backed by a $5 billion investment, this is a once-in-a-generation project to rebuild our network backbone.

What is the Copperstring 2032 Project?

CopperString 2032 is the largest ever economic development project in North Queensland, and one of the largest expansions to the power grid in Australia.

The CopperString 2032 project will increase the transmission capacity to 500kV and build 840 kilometres of transmission line from just south of Townsville in the Burdekin region to Mount Isa.

This project will further unlock the renewable energy potential of this region.

Find a career that matters and lasts

We need your experience in project engineering and design management for this flagship QLD energy infrastructure project.

Apply your knowledge and experience in design for major energy infrastructure projects to help build QLD's Super Grid. Help transform Queensland’s energy system to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy for Queenslanders. Join a career defining project on the Client side, Full- Time Permanent employment opportunities.

To join our new CopperString 2032 JV project delivery team, we’re inviting applications for the following:

  • Senior Design Manager – Transmission Line
  • Senior Design Manager – Substation
  • Senior Design Manager – Civil Works
  • Senior Design Manager – Secondary and Telecommunication
  • Senior Project Engineer - Transmission Line
  • Senior Project Engineer - Substation
  • Design Mangers - Multidiscipline
  • Project Engineers - Multidiscipline

What you’ll bring

You will create success by solving complex project engineering and design problems with a focus on safety, quality and efficiency and ensure delivery to approved design standards, time, cost and infrastructure specifications.

Experience in major engineering projects with managing the following design categories will be highly regarded:

  • Transmission line – Geotechnical, Civil, Structural and Electrical
  • Primary Systems Design – Substation design; Electrical, Civil and Structural
  • Secondary Systems Design – Control, Circuitry, Protection and Telecommunications systems

Requirements for this role include the following:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in one of the following Engineering disciplines – Civil, Structural, Electrical, Geotech, Construction Management, Engineering Management
  • Proven experience in engineering, project management or other relevant technical roles, preferably within the energy, infrastructure or transmission sectors.
  • Exceptional knowledge of transmission line/ substation design standards, construction methodology, codes, and best practices.
  • Experience in evaluation of existing and new engineering technical designs, construction works and processes.
  • Stakeholder management, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to translate complex information to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, multitask and prioritise workload.
  • Strong commercial acumen with the ability to work to tight deadlines

Why Powerlink?

Build a career that matters and lasts: You’ll have an opportunity to shape a progressive career connecting more than five million Queenslanders to a world-class, green energy future.

Unique work and the chance to grow: You’ll help find smart solutions to interesting problems as you help deliver a flagship energy project that will change the course of QLD’s energy industry and incentivise our economy

A project team who love to deliver, support and share: You’ll build relationships with experienced, down-to-earth people, in a high performing project team that will challenge and inspire and who you’ll be proud to be part of.

Be the start of every possibility

There’s so much opportunity for you to grab here.

If you’re keen to hear more about upcoming opportunities, we’d love to hear from you.

To register your interest, please click on the Apply button and enter your details and attach your resume. Applications close at Midnight, Sunday 26 November 2023.

For further information regarding these opportunities, please reach out directly to Klaas van Noord from our recruitment team at

At Powerlink, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and harness the unique talents, perspectives and experiences of all people.

Throughout the recruitment process, we provide support for candidates to ensure nobody is disadvantaged. Please tell us about any adjustments, support or access requirements that may help make the recruitment process more inclusive. You are also welcome to share your pronouns with us at any point throughout the process.

As part of the recruitment process, the successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include, but are not limited to: reference checks, criminal background checks, right to work eligibility, verification of academic qualifications, and bankruptcy checks.

We’re proud to be a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer and commit to respond to every applicant.

Our Benefits

Our competitive employment terms and conditions are enhanced by a broad range of benefits including:

  • salary packaging,
  • novated lease vehicles,
  • 12.75% superannuation
  • Hybrid working arrangements available
  • Health & wellbeing benefits, including corporate health plan with employee discounts, annual flu vaccinations
You’ve got this!