UON Students present to Ampcontrol CEO

Ampcontrol has again in 2021 had the opportunity to provide a real-world product and organisation to be incorporated into the University of Newcastle’s Innovation and Entrepreneur course.

As part of the course students were asked to identify problems and project innovations on the product of Solar Cube, developed and delivered to market by Boundary Power, an Ampcontrol joint venture company.

On Thursday the 21st of October, Ampcontrol engineers and executives had the pleasure of listening to the 2021 cohort of students as they presented their final report and findings on Boundary Power and Solar Cube.

The groups presentations were the culmination of the student’s time in the capstone course and saw each group pitch their solutions to Ampcontrol senior leaders and CEO, Rod Henderson. As a final year course, this can also be seen as the practical application of everything a student has learnt through-out their business degree.

This years’ engagement with the University and its Innovation and Entrepreneur students is the second opportunity that Ampcontrol has had to be involved. In 2020, Ampcontrol offered the Gilghi project, an innovative water treatment plant to be used in regional and remote communities that have limited access to water, as the product for research.

Ampcontrol has a long-standing relationship with the University and is an advocate for innovative learning. Ampcontrol prides itself in working with the UoN to give students practical experiences working on real world innovative products and developing a stronger connection to the wider Newcastle community.

Key to the success of the course is the partnership and joint investment by both UoN and Ampcontrol’s team. Ampcontrol’s Chief Technology Officer, Tim Wylie, Learning & Development Specialist, Mikhaila Halford and Academic Garry Haworth came together to enable the opportunity. The partnership and engagement from both UoN and Ampcontrol is what allows the students to achieve their success.

A great opportunity for the future innovators who were involved, all who can be confident in their abilities. Congratulations to each of the students of University of Newcastle’s Innovation and Entrepreneur course on a very successful program. Well done!

Lear more about how Ampcontrol provides graduates with hands-on, practical experience in the Ampcontrol Graduate Program.

Ampcontrol Energising the Newcastle Jets for success with major sponsorship

Ampcontrol has signed on to support the Newcastle Jets as Major Sponsor for the upcoming 2021/2022 Isuzu UTE A-League season.

Energising the team when they play across the country, the brand will be proudly represented on the front of the Newcastle Jets away-game jersey. The upcoming season is set to launch at the Jets home ground, Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday 21st November.

The first Major Sponsorship for Ampcontrol, the alignment with The Newcastle Jets and the A-League is fitting. Ampcontrol, junior Football clubs across Australia, the Newcastle Jets and the A-League are all looking to the future.

Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, Rod Henderson said “Like our people, we have a great connection to community and sport, and we are proud to be supporting the Newcastle Jets as they move into a new era of growth and possibilities. What a great time it is for Football in Australia.’

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Ampcontrol and LeoLabs $240m Aussie Space Radar Project

Ampcontrol has joined forces with LeoLabs Australia, in a Commonwealth grant through the Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Collaboration (MMI-C) to build world-leading space surveillance radars. If successful, the A$240M Aussie Space Radar Project (ASRP) will catapult Australia as a global leader in space surveillance and RF electronics export.

An estimated total investment of A$240M over three years, includes a direct A$160M investment by LeoLabs Inc and partners. The financial support under the MMI-C will provide A$80M investment in three Australian modern manufacturing innovations. This will include two new manufacturing facilities in Jerrabomberra and the Hunter Region, New South Wales, along with three high capacity advanced electronics production lines including one at SRX in Dandenong, Victoria.

The ASRP is notably the largest investment by a foreign company into Australia’s space industry in decades and represents a one-of-a-kind technology transfer, available only to Australia. It will enable LeoLabs’ Australia and partners to manufacture LeoLabs’ entire next-generation global space radar system, making Australia the sole global provider of LeoLabs’ high-tech radar modules to the world. The exquisite, next generation modular radar technology, which has been developed in Silicon Valley, incorporates the latest commercially available 5G systems, and truly transforms the way objects are tracked in space.

This exciting opportunity focuses on bringing together Australian businesses to manufacture the space radar systems, create new Australian manufacturing jobs and improve Australia’s sovereign surveillance capabilities. For Ampcontrol and ResTech, the collaboration provides the opportunity to extend electrical engineering expertise and ingenuity, develop new capabilities in space and defence technology, and construct a new production facility to build and test radar modules.


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Ampcontrol welcome Australian Prime Minister to Tomago facility

Ampcontrol was thrilled to host a visit from The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia at our Tomago NSW facilities this morning to learn more about our innovative products that support the transition to a low carbon economy.

Mr Morrison had the opportunity to meet some of our talented people who work within the business to design and manufacture advanced electrical and technology solutions. The Prime Minister inspected Solar Cube, a stand-alone power system, DRIFTEX, an electric vehicle for underground mines and Gilghi, a fully transportable containerised water treatment unit that transforms source water into clean, safe drinking water for regional and remote communities.

Mr Morrison has announced that the Hunter Region is crucial to Australia’s plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The Prime Minister has committed to supporting the Hunter’s proud mining and industrial base while also pursuing new opportunities through technology. The government is investing $20 billion in low emissions technology, including clean hydrogen, battery storage and smarter ways to measure soil carbon.

“Newcastle and the Hunter will be a key part of the $1.2 billion we’re investing in Australia’s hydrogen industry,” Mr Morrison said.

As Australia’s largest privately-owned electrical engineering company, Ampcontrol is leading the way in the research and development and advanced global manufacturing of renewable energy solutions to forge the Hunter Region forward as a powerhouse for innovation.

Ampcontrol Co-Founder receives 2021 UON Alumni Award

Peter Cockbain AM, Co-Founder of Ampcontrol, is the recipient of the 2021 Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence in the University of Newcastle Alumni Excellence Awards.

The Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence recognises outstanding leadership, knowledge, and professional practice – the highest honour of the University’s Alumni Excellence Awards.

Peter is a distinguished innovator, entrepreneur, industrialist, philanthropist, and one of Australia’s most highly regarded and influential engineers. In 2010, Engineers Australia named Peter one of Australia’s 100 Engineering Leaders of the past century. In 2015 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant services to engineering.

Under Peter Cockbain’s leadership, Ampcontrol has maintained strong ties with the University of Newcastle’s College of Engineering, Science and Environment, including supporting undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, internships, lecturing and tutoring, and funding of a Chair in Power Engineering.

Peter acknowledges that the University of Newcastle has been extremely important to his career and to the growth of Ampcontrol.

On winning the Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence, Peter Cockbain AM said, “It is a great honour and surprise to receive a University of Newcastle Alumni Excellence Award, amid the hundreds of thousands of members of the Alumni. I sincerely thank the University of Newcastle for this acknowledgement.”

The long list of high profile national, state and regional awards Ampcontrol has received for its innovation, design and technology is a testament to Peter’s founding philosophies set down in 1968 on the dirt floor of the shed in suburban Jesmond, when Ampcontrol was originally established.

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Ampcontrol Collaborates with LeoLabs

Ampcontrol, Australia’s largest privately-owned electrical engineering company, has joined forces with LeoLabs Australia, a subsidiary of LeoLabs Inc, a US-based global leader in space surveillance, in an Australian Government grant through the Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Collaboration (MMI-C) to build world-leading space surveillance radars.

Partnering with ResTech, Lintek and SRX Global, Ampcontrol and LeoLabs are collaborating on the “Aussie Space Radar Project” to catapult Australia into a space surveillance superpower

This exciting opportunity focuses on bringing together Australian businesses to manufacture the space radar systems, create new Australian manufacturing jobs and improve Australia’s sovereign surveillance capabilities. For Ampcontrol and ResTech, the collaboration provides them the opportunity to extend their electrical engineering expertise and ingenuity, develop new capabilities in space and defence technology, and construct a new production facility to build and test radar modules.

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Ampcontrol energy solutions awarded multiple 2021 Hunter Manufacturing Awards

Ampcontrol has been awarded ‘Excellence in Product Design’ and ‘Collaboration Partnership’ at the 2021 Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

The Boundary Power Solar Cube, a rapidly deployable Stand-Alone Power System (SAPS) received the accolade for Excellence in Product Design. Ampcontrol’s collaboration with Steber International and The University of Newcastle to develop a hybrid diesel-electric boat was recognised in the ‘Collaboration Partnership’ category.

Excellence In Product Design
Rapidly deployable Stand-Alone Power System, Solar Cube

Boundary Power is a joint venture collaboration between Ampcontrol and Horizon Power. It combines both parties’ design, construction, deployment, and operations expertise to deliver a new, innovative series of stand-alone power system solutions to the market.

The Solar Cube solution is a self-sufficient power generation unit that incorporates solar photovoltaic panels, inverters, battery storage technology and a back-up generator, making it possible to replace traditional poles and wires networks with an off-grid, clean power solution.

A result of thoughtful engineering and manufacturing, the Solar Cube 90 minute rapid deployment methodology represents one of its most innovative features, differentiating it from other stand-alone power system solutions currently in the marketplace.

Commenting on the Excellence In Product Design win, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO and Boundary Power Director Rod Henderson said, “We are absolutely thrilled for our Solar Cube to be recognised for its excellence in product design at the Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

At Ampcontrol, we have been designing and manufacturing innovative products for over 50 years that make a meaningful difference to people’s lives and communities worldwide. Through our partnership with Horizon Power, Boundary Power is designing evolving technologies and solutions that are leading Australia into renewable energy generation.”

Collaboration Partnership
Hybrid Diesel-Electric Boat

In an example of the immense benefits of industry, government and education uniting, a collaborative partnership between Ampcontrol, The University of Newcastle and Steber International developed a hybrid diesel-electric boat in late 2020.

Leaders in Australian boat manufacturing and industrial composite technology, Steber International approached Ampcontrol in 2018 requesting assistance to develop a prototype hybrid police boat. Ampcontrol’s leading technology and engineering expertise were applied to the project to leverage the silence of the electric power system, enabling a whisper-quiet mode for operations requiring some stealth.

Commenting on the second award win at the event, Henderson added, “The hybrid diesel-electric boat project is an excellent showcase of what can be enabled when you bring together the great minds, capabilities and ingenuity of university, industry and government bodies – and all done right here in Australia.

As the world adjusts to the global pandemic, it is fantastic to see a renewed focus on local manufacturing and a carbon reduced future; thank you to the Hunter Manufacturing Awards for continually championing our industry and region. We are honoured to receive these two acknowledgements together with Boundary Power, Horizon Power, Steber International and the University of Newcastle”, concluded Henderson.

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Solar Cube stand-alone power system recognised in Australia’s International Good Design Awards

Boundary Power, Ampcontrol’s joint venture partnership with West Australian utility Horizon Power, has been awarded a 2021 Good Design Award in Engineering Design for its Solar Cube stand-alone power system (SAPS).

Ampcontrol Managing Director and CEO, and Boundary Power Director, Rod Henderson said this was an outstanding achievement for the joint venture which had only launched in late 2020.

“The Solar Cube is the only SAPS of its kind in Australia that can be deployed and ready to export energy in under 90 minutes,” Henderson said.

“Its innovative modular design means the Solar Cube can be factory preassemble to fit standardised shipping container specifications for easy transportation.

“With no site works required, deployment can occur immediately, making the Solar Cube well suited to support emergency services in their rapid response and recovery from major disasters such as fires, floods and storms.”

The Good Design Awards judging panel said the Solar Cube was a great example of an innovation led solution to support the increase in deployment of renewable energy into the Australian energy network.

The panel added that the Solar Cube brings important enhancements like its rapid deployment, and has immediate application for remote locations, delivering a valuable power source to those who need it.

The Solar Cube offers power utilities an innovative utility-grade solution for remote or hard to reach communities where the cost to maintain and upgrade traditional poles and wires infrastructure can be significantly higher.

For remote and isolated communities which can be difficult to access, the Solar Cube’s stand-alone power capabilities can provide continuous, high quality, reliable power quickly.

The Australian Good Design Awards is the country’s oldest and most prestigious international awards for design and innovation. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian and international market, and this year attracted a record number of submissions with 933 design projects.

To find out more about Boundary Power’s Solar Cube and other stand-alone power solutions contact enquiries@boundarypower.com.au.

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Ampcontrol Group Engineering Manager Awarded M A Sargent Medal

Dr Ian Webster, Group Engineer Manager at Ampcontrol, has been named as joint winner of the esteemed M A Sargent Medal.

The M A Sargent Medal is awarded to revered Engineers who have shown a highly significant contribution through technical innovation, to the science or practice of electrical engineering. Named in honour of Dr Michael Anthony (Mike) Sargent AM, an outstanding Australian Electrical Engineer, this award is notably Australia’s highest honour in the electrical engineering field, made jointly by the College of Electrical Engineers and the College of ITEE Engineers. The award acknowledges nominees who demonstrate a significant contribution, through technical innovation, to the longstanding eminence in science or the practice of electrical engineering; or exceptional and sustained leadership in electrical engineering. Dr Ian Webster is joint winner of the the M A Sargent Medal for 2021 with Professor Qing-Long Han, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Quality) and distinguished professor at Swinburne University of Technology.

The M A Sargent Medal announcement follows Dr Ian Webster recently named as 2021 Professional Engineer of the Year, Newcastle Division, by Engineering Australia.

On winning this award Dr Ian Webster, Group Engineer Manager at Ampcontrol said, ‘I am honoured and humbled to be recognised for the M A Sargent Medal. I offer my congratulations to Professor Qing-Long Han, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Quality) at Swinburne University of Technology, who is the co-winner of this award for 2021.

I thank the Engineers Australia College of Electrical Engineers and the College of Information, Telecommunications, and Electronics Engineering for their dedicated work in maintaining and awarding the M A Sargent Medal annually.

I have enjoyed the privilege of dual careers, having spent 20 years in academia, and another 20 years in industry. For that I must thank the many people whom I have worked for, and worked with, and who have presented the challenges and opportunities to allow me to grow as an engineer. Without them, the journey recognised today would not have been possible.’

Acknowledging Dr Ian Webster’s dual-award accomplishments, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO Rod Henderson, said, “We congratulate Ian on the tremendous honours he has received from Engineers Australia. The M A Sargent Medal is the most highly acclaimed acknowledgement of the skilled innovators working within our industry and a celebration of tremendous influence and excellence in both the science and practice of electrical engineering.”

In 2020, Ian led several high-profile projects at Ampcontrol, including developing a critical ICU Emergency Ventilator for NSW Health in response to the COVID pandemic. Ampcontrol was one of two organisations selected by the state government for pre-production following successful prototyping of its ventilator.

Dr Ian Webster is greatly valued and admired for his innovation in the electrical engineering sector and we look forward to seeing his further development in advancing Ampcontrol’s emerging technologies into the future.

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Apprentice Program 2022

Applications have now closed for the 2022 Apprenticeship Program, to be the first to hear about future intakes, join our talent community.

Our Ampcontrol Apprenticeship Program for 2022 is now open. Ampcontrol takes great pride in developing the skills of our people, to ensure we can deliver the best possible solutions for our customers.

We are seeking highly motivated and innovative people looking to be part of a progressive organisation where they can grow their career. Our goal is to ensure our apprentices master their trade through hands on, practical training and a supportive approach to formal education.

We reward curiosity and will encourage you to challenge the status quo and come up with new ideas as well as supporting, teaching, and mentoring you as you complete your education.

We are seeking applications for the following careers: Multiple positions are available.

Electrician Apprenticeship (Certificate III)
Based in our Overhauls and Services division at Tomago. An Electrician Apprentice will work on the overhaul, upgrade, and repair of electrical and electronic equipment, for use across multiple environments, including surface and underground mining hazardous environments.

Electronics Apprenticeship (Certificate III)
Electronics and Electrician Apprenticeships are available through our Cameron Park operations. Apprentices will work on the manufacture of a range of cutting-edge electronics across monitoring and control, mining, communications, lighting, power quality and capacitors and environmental monitoring.

Fabrication Apprenticeship (Certificate III)
Based at Capital Projects at Tomago, our Electrician & Fabrication Apprentices work on the manufacture of a range of electrical power equipment, to drive critical projects across mining, renewables, utilities, and infrastructure.

Applications have now close for the 2022 Apprenticeship Program, to be the first to hear about future intakes, join our talent community.