The Energy Transition Begins With A Single Step

The energy transition is here and it’s not going away. With businesses built around fossil fuels and high-emission sources of energy, the thought of transition is overwhelming. Especially when you consider what it takes to get from here to there. But change doesn’t have to happen all at once. It can be as simple as a single step.

Take an idea that seems crazy and break it down into a bite-size chunk.

What would it look like if every business in Newcastle NSW opted into ‘Transformation Tuesday’, an idea from Dr Glenn Platt, Ampcontrol Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Ampcontrol Innovation Steering Committee, and Executive Director – Strategy and Innovation at the Emergent Group.

Transformation Tuesday is where every business commits to an entire day each week where their business is carbon free, getting all their energy from renewable energy sources found here in the Hunter Region NSW.

It seems almost too big, but is it? With the right planning and restructuring of business activities, why couldn’t this concept be achievable? And once you’ve done it on a Tuesday and adapted your business to work within this change, it’s easier to do it on a Wednesday and then a Thursday.

Opportunity right here in the Hunter

Ampcontrol has been around for 54 years and our roots are steeped deep within the Hunter where we were founded by a crew of incredible engineers who saw the potential of this region to service all of Australia, and the world.

We could see as far back as 2007 that there would be a shift in energy sources, a little bit earlier than was achievable for traction. From 2014, we shifted our business strategy with our sights firmly set on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on the horizon.

Innovation is at the heart of Ampcontrol, in fact it’s one of our core values.

Take a look at the creation of DRIFTEX, the world’s first intrinsically safe vehicle Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) for use in the mining industry. It was developed in collaboration with our joint venture with the University of Newcastle, ResTech, where a team of dedicated R&D engineers worked together to create a solution for a problem.

It was born out of a conversation with a customer where we asked the simple question: what’s your biggest challenge in the next few years? The answer was a need to be greener and make the mine site safer for workers through reduced diesel emissions. Enter DRIFTEX.

DRIFTEX was recently on show in Wheeler Place, Newcastle as part of the Hunter Innovation Festival with both Ampcontrol and ResTech in attendance.

Do Something

There doesn’t need to be an all or nothing approach when it comes to innovation. Doing something is better than doing nothing and every small step taken makes innovation and change less daunting.

“The Hunter couldn’t be any better positioned for leading the energy transition. We have infrastructure to reutilise, we have a great university which is graduating incredibly gifted students. I’m sick to death of talking about what we could be doing—just do it. We won’t get bigger opportunities than we have right now,” says Rod Henderson, Managing Director & CEO of Ampcontrol.

The opportunity is here; and the transition isn’t happening in the future, it’s happening right here, right now. The only question left: what are you going to do?

Peter Cockbain AM Wins Major Award at Engineer Australia’s Excellence Awards

On behalf of Ampcontrol, we wish to recognise and congratulate Peter Cockbain AM, Co-Founder of Ampcontrol who was awarded Engineers Australia’s most illustrious individual accolade, the Peter Nicol Russell Career Achievement Memorial Medal, at Engineer Australia’s Excellence Awards, in recognition of his lifelong dedication to the field of engineering and the broader community.

With a career spanning decades, Peter is a distinguished innovator, entrepreneur, industrialist, philanthropist, and one of Australia’s most highly regarded and influential engineers. He has been a passionate member of Engineers Australia for more than 50 years, including a stint as National President and has served as a board member of Standards Australia, the University of Newcastle Council and the Prime Ministers Science, Engineering, and Innovation Council.

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.

On winning the Peter Nicol Russell Career Achievement Memorial Medal, Peter Cockbain AM said, “I have only ever been a willing participant in very talented teams. Collectively, we’ve achieved a lot. Ampcontrol’s company motto is: ‘I can’t do it. You can’t do it. But we can’. It’s always been about what we could achieve together, not the individual achievement of one person.”

With the many collaborations and partnerships Ampcontrol is part of, the aphorism “I can’t do it, you can’t do it, but we can” attributed to Peter is representative of how Ampcontrol values collaboration and group innovation, both internally and externally.

Peters vision, energy and determination to continuously improve and innovate is supported by Ampcontrol’s investment in research, development and commercialisation practices that have seen the company thrive over the last 50 years to become the global success story it is today.

The long list of high-profile awards Ampcontrol has received for innovation, design, and technology is a testament to Peter’s founding philosophies set down when he and fellow Co-Founders established Ampcontrol in 1968.

Earlier this year Washington H. Sul Pattinson acquired 100% of the shareholdings from other investors including Ampcontrol Co-Founder Peter Cockbain.

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Showcasing Australian excellence in mining innovation to Canada

Thanks to our partnership with Austmine, Ampcontrol has joined their trade mission to Canada this month to showcase the iMAC monitoring and control system which recently received Canadian Standards Approval (CSA).

Representing over 630 METS companies nationally, Austmine are Australia’s leading not for profit industry association for the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. Austmine provide opportunities to build relationships, understand industry needs, and boost industry profile.

Ampcontrol Strategic Sales Manager Stephen Sneddon is part of the Austmine delegation to Canada where he is speaking to miners and suppliers about our Canadian Standards Approved (CSA) iMAC monitoring and control system.

Achieving Canadian Standards Approval

Canadian Standards Approval is another achievement to add to iMAC’s growing list which includes a National Engineering Excellence Award won when it was first developed in 1998.

Having more than two decades of use within Australia, iMAC helps to meet the challenges of maintaining safety within a mine site, while maximising productivity on complex conveyor systems.

What sets Ampcontrol products apart is how they are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Our unique iMAC system is customised and includes features such as emergency stop, prestart warning, intercom, and broadcast messaging functionality.

Complex conveyor systems are easily controlled using the iMAC remote I/O modules, so high integrity E-stop can be undertaken even with multiple drive locations. The system is designed to minimise conveyor downtime and streamline work processes with advanced self-diagnostics assisting in maximising conveyor equipment availability.

iMAC is our first Canadian Standards Approved product. It will be used for the first time at a large Potash mine in Saskatchewan Canada with work commencing on this conveyor system in late 2022.

Aligning Our Business Strategy With SDGs

COVID-19 has been a black swan event, disrupting supply chains globally. Rather than focusing only on the negative, we recognise times of great disruption are also opportunities to innovate and implement change.

With our business focused on applying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we utilised this disruption by looking at our overall supply chain management, and how we can achieve cleaner consumption and production (SDG 12) through responsible supply chain management.

Not only does this minimise supply chain risk long-term, but securing reliable and ethically sourced materials develops resilient supply networks which remain steadfast in times of instability.

Ampcontrol and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

When looking at the Ampcontrol supply chain, the SDGs were front of mind for Simon Coleman, our Executive General Manager –Health, Safety, Environment & Quality.

Speaking at the Hunter Business Development Forum on Wednesday 14 September, Simon spoke on how businesses can apply the SDGs within the Hunter Region NSW, alongside CEO of Wavia Global, Christina Gerakiteys and Executive Manager of Strategy & Engagement of Hunter Water, Emma Berry.

Simon emphasised the importance of collaboration when  mapping the trajectory of SDGs across the business. Working with our industry partners and other members of the Hunter Region SDG Task Force to determine the best business practices integrating the SDGs for the Hunter Region is a big part of the Ampcontrol business looking to the future.

Beyond augmentations to supply chain, the SDGs are prominent in business practices within Ampcontrol. It’s no secret Ampcontrol is rapidly growing our presence within the domains of renewable energy and electrification of mining. These areas speak directly to two of the SDGs: Applying innovative engineering solutions to act on Climate Change (SDG 13), while expanding access to affordable and clean energy (SDG 7).

Ampcontrol is committed to fostering good health and wellbeing for our employees (SDG 3). We promote wellbeing and ensure the healthy lives of our people through an internal program ‘Live Work Better’. Since we launched it in November 2020, we’ve had 816 Ampcontrol employees attend 62 Live Work Better sessions to learn about living and working better together. This extends to caring for the mental health of our employees.

We are taking the pledge as individuals in our everyday lives, and as an organisation with responsibilities to our communities, to setting the standard in implementing the SDGs within the Hunter.

Learn more about Ampcontrol’s role in the Hunter region SDG Task Force.

Powering the Future of Mining: Ampcontrol Joins Electric Mine Consortium (EMC)

Ampcontrol has joined the Electric Mine Consortium (EMC) to drive efforts towards electrifying and decarbonising the mining industry.

The EMC is a growing group of highly regarded mining and service companies, driven by the imperative to produce zero-emission products for their customers and meet mounting investor expectations and industry challenges.

Ampcontrol is strengthening its strategic focus on decarbonisation through the innovation and development of electrical solutions, adapting to the changing times.

“Joining the Electric Mine Consortium is a natural progression of our commitment to supporting our customers and industry through the national energy transition. Ampcontrol is at the forefront of renewable energy manufacturing. We engineer and supply advanced technology, products, and services to enable a competitive advantage in a net-zero carbon environment,” says Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO.

EMC Founder and Director Graeme Stanway said, “the way we generate, store and harness energy around the globe is undergoing a period of major change.”

“A global ecosystem has begun to emerge to underpin the innovation and scaling of electrification technologies.”

As well as pioneering products in the renewable energy space, Ampcontrol has been using its engineering expertise to already assist with the transitioning mining industry. Alongside Tritium, Ampcontrol was a winner in the global ‘Charge On Innovation Challenge’ in May 2022.

The joint submission was an end-to-end mining haul truck battery swap solution that is fully automated, relocatable, scalable, and cell agnostic. In a drive-in/drive-out recharging station, an autonomous transfer robot swaps batteries in 90 seconds, significantly reducing safety risks and increasing productivity by excluding personnel from the swaps process.

“One of the areas Ampcontrol identified as a need of the industry was assisting businesses with the next steps to get to the future state of electrified mining operations. When businesses think ‘I need energy’ to perform certain functions, the first instinct is often to acquire more energy. Our expertise at Ampcontrol is to help businesses use the materials they already have available, in a different way,” says Mr Henderson.

Ampcontrol recognises the importance of partnerships and collaboration in developing technology solutions to enable a competitive advantage in a net-zero carbon environment.

“It is important to demonstrate we work alongside other businesses to contribute to the low carbon economy transition and to the responsible sourcing of prime materials to enable a competitive advantage in a net-zero carbon environment,” says Mr Henderson.

The Electric Mine Consortium (EMC) has launched a call out to companies in the tech, renewable and manufacturing industries that can provide ground-breaking solutions to long haul EV trucks and associated charging infrastructure for mine sites and global supply chains.

Driven by collective demand for electric equipment across the EMC’s operating sites, spread over six continents, the consortium is looking to form synergies between mining and non-mining industries to accelerate decarbonisation solutions across the industry – the mining industry currently contributes 8% of the globe’s emissions.

Ampcontrol joins over 20 miners and suppliers to the sector that includes Newcrest, South32, Barminco and Epiroc to create the Electric Mine Consortium with the ambition to accelerate progress towards the fully electrified zero CO2 and zero particulates mine.

Read the full Media Release below.

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Pictured: A graphic representation of a future-state 100% electrified mine site driven by Ampcontrol solutions through the Electric Mine Consortium

Ampcontrol Supports Australian-First Study of Local SDG Indicators

Our sustainability program at Ampcontrol has been guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 goals developed by the United Nations to guide governments, businesses, and individuals to deliver ambitious global outcomes by 2030.

With innovation as one of our core values, Ampcontrol is a long-time supporter of research and development from businesses right here in the Hunter region NSW. We love to collaborate and partner with others in the region as we know that together, we can innovate in creative ways to meet industry needs and adapt to changing markets.

To allow us to identify the sustainable development opportunities that we can contribute in our local community, Ampcontrol is proud to be supporting an Australian-first study of local SDG indicators in the Hunter region.

Hunter region SDG Task Force

We are supporting the Hunter region SDG Task Force and the University of Newcastle in a study to baseline the indicators for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the Hunter.

‘The Hunter Region SDG Taskforce is a group of motivated businesses, not-for-profits and government bodies who are focused on collaborating to achieve the UN SDGs. Established in 2020, the Taskforce was conceived to foster accountability and drive education and collaboration.’

The project represents an example of SDG Goal 17 Partnerships for the goals in action. It is the first of its kind in Australia to apply the UN SDGs at a regional level. The effort is a collaboration among 18 funding partners, including Ampcontrol, as well as the wider members of the Taskforce.

The group aims for the Hunter to provide an example of regional localisation of the SDGs, which can be copied elsewhere in Australia and globally. Results of the work are expected to be made available in September 2022.

Download the flyer to learn more about the Hunter Region SDG Task Force.

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Ampcontrol Extends Life of Bengalla Mine Transformer

Ampcontrol recently completed a transformer overhaul project for long-term customer Bengalla Mining Company. The 66kV transformer has been in operation since 1998 and is part of Bengalla’s main infrastructure substation.

Located four kilometres south-west of Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, Bengalla is a single pit open cut mine, using a dragline, truck and excavator method.

Ampcontrol’s High Voltage Field Service Team completed the disassembly and reassembly on site at Bengalla and the overhaul was completed in our workshop in Tomago NSW.

The critical part of the project was to tighten the winding clamping system. The windings in the transformer are clamped by a wooden block. During the lifetime of a transformer, these wooden blocks start to shrink due to the insulating fluid in the transformer dissolving into the wood, loosening the clamping system of the windings. During de-tanking the clamping system is tightened to ensure the transformer internals remain in place.

Without maintenance, a transformer’s lifecycle is approximately 20 years. Bengalla has regularly maintained this transformer, and in conjunction with the midlife overhaul by Ampcontrol, this 23-year-old transformer’s life will be extended another 20 years, which will cover the remaining life of the Bengalla Mine.

Ampcontrol’s and Bengalla’s relationship spans over two decades.

“I think the key to the success is the open and transparent relationship. It’s not just a transactional arrangement, it is working close together to achieve an outcome that is right for Bengalla as well as Ampcontrol”, says Kent Flaherty, Bengalla Mining Company Health, Safety, Engineering & Technology Manager.

From the very start of the mine in 1996, Bengalla has been utilising various Ampcontrol products, equipment and maintenance services.

Engineers Australia credentials helps our engineers show their quality

This article first appeared in Engineers Australia ‘Create’ Magazine and has been republished with full permission.

A bulk credentialing agreement between Ampcontrol and Engineers Australia helped the long-running electrical engineering firm ensure it has the talent it needs for the future.

When Chartered engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia Peter Cockbain FIEAust CPEng and his three colleagues formed a business partnership in 1968, a commitment to innovation was always part of the deal.

What started as a small operation in a Newcastle shed has grown to become leading electrical engineering company Ampcontrol. Today, Ampcontrol specialises in electrical engineering and control systems, including transformers, power distribution, electronic equipment and electrical protection. Its operations span resources, infrastructure and energy sectors, and its innovative approach has been recognised through state, national and international awards.

Cockbain was Ampcontrol’s Technical Director until 2012 and instilled a culture of collaboration and high achievement through his motto, “I can’t, you can’t, but we can”.

Its commitment to engineering quality is reinforced through Ampcontrol’s recent Engineering Workforce Credentialing Agreement with Engineers Australia. The agreement provides a pathway for Ampcontrol’s engineers to achieve Chartered status — a widely recognised measure of excellence.

“It also provides a beacon for bright young engineers who are starting their careers, knowing that they can develop professionally and be recognised by Engineers Australia through the agreement.” Rod Henderson

Independent engineering credentials

Ian Webster FIEAust CPEng, Ampcontrol Group Engineering Manager, explains that the credentialing agreement enables Ampcontrol engineers to be assessed independently and externally, ensuring that the company’s engineering competence is recognised across the globe.

“It also provides a beacon for bright young engineers who are starting their careers, knowing that they can develop professionally and be recognised by Engineers Australia through the agreement,” says Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol’s Managing Director and CEO.

Former Engineers Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans HonFIEAust CPEng says Chartership is something all engineers should aim for. “Chartered status should be an aspiration for all engineers, as it is independent recognition of the highest international standards of engineering competency,” she says.

Alexander Smith CPEng, R&D Engineer at ResTech

Developing Talent

Many of Ampcontrol’s credentialed engineers have grown within the business, starting as graduates or even undergraduate interns. After gaining diverse experience in design, research and development, project engineering and production engineering, they find their niche within the company.

This was the pathway for Alexander Smith CPEng, who joined the company in 2011 as part of its graduate program. Now a Research and Development Engineer at ResTech, a joint venture between Ampcontrol and the University of Newcastle, Smith was encouraged to take up the credentialing opportunity last year during a conversation with his manager.

“I’d wanted to become a Chartered engineer for quite a while and I’d kept some pretty fastidious notes about my professional development and the projects I’d worked on, so I had most of the paperwork ready to go,” he says.

Chartered status is an acknowledgement that an engineer is seen as being highly skilled, professional and ethical by their peers, Smith says.

“That’s a good feeling,” he adds. “One of the advantages of the bulk credentialing was being able to talk to other engineers at work who were also going through the process and bounce ideas off each other.”

Fast-track your engineering career

Along with global recognition of skills and professionalism, the Chartered credential can help to fast-track career progression and provides leadership development opportunities via peer assessment against industry recognised standards.

“Having the words ‘Chartered Engineer’ next to my name indicates that I am committed to professional development.” Bahar Chaichi CPEng

Bahar Chaichi CPEng recently earned the Chartered credential and has already experienced the benefits. She has worked with Ampcontrol for a little more than five years and was recently promoted from the role of Tendering Engineer to Solutions Manager. “I think the Chartered credential helped to pave the way to my promotion,” she says.

“I also think it helped in my application for my MBA scholarship at the University of Newcastle, because having the words ‘Chartered engineer’ next to my name indicates that I am committed to professional development.”

“When you’re innovating, there often aren’t prescriptive standards to fall back on,” says Ampcontrol Chief Technology Officer Tim Wylie FIEAust CPEng. “That’s when we need a culture in which engineers can challenge each other in a collaborative environment.”

Dr Dmitry Miller CPEng, Ampcontrol Product Manager, Power Systems

Prove the talent of your engineers

“Ampcontrol has created an environment that is a breeding ground for some of Australia’s most capable electrical engineers, working on a diverse range of challenging projects,” says Tim Keech FIEAust CPEng, Ampcontrol General Manager, Sales and Customer. “The credentialing program allows us to recognise and acknowledge the ongoing development of these talented engineers throughout their career.”

“The Chartered Credential brings additional confidence not only to project engineers but also to our clients.” Dr Dmitry Miller CPEng

Dr Dmitry Miller CPEng, Ampcontrol Product Manager, Power Systems, has been with the company for about three years and recently completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle. He explains that achieving Chartered status through Ampcontrol’s program provided an opportunity to benchmark his engineering competency in an industry framework.

“The information I needed to provide during the process was closely aligned with my everyday responsibilities, so it was easy to present relevant experience,” he says. “The Chartered credential brings additional confidence not only to project engineers but also to our clients, which is important in complex projects.”

Henderson says Ampcontrol’s credentialing agreement with Engineers Australia reinforces a commitment to innovation that has spanned more than 50 years.  “With over 250 engineers on our team, we take pride in the fact that we work on some of the most challenging, rewarding and complex projects in the energy and resources sectors,” he says.

“There is no doubt that credentialed engineers are at the foundation of our innovation and agility. It was a great move to partner with Engineers Australia.”

This article first appeared in Engineers Australia ‘Create’ Magazine and has been republished with full permission.

Pictured at top: Bahar Chaichi CPEng, Solutions Manager

Engineering Excellence Celebrated at Sally Chapman Memorial Dinner

Due to COVID-19, we couldn’t publicly celebrate the award winners for their recognition by Engineers Australia in 2021. Earlier this year, the Sally Chapman Memorial Dinner was able to be held at Fort Scratchley Function Centre in Newcastle, NSW.

Sally Chapman was a much-respected Executive Director of Engineers Australia – Newcastle Division. After nearly 27 years, she became the longest-serving staff member in the history of the organisation. After Sally sadly passed away in 2009, the Sally Chapman Memorial Dinner has been a way to remember her enormous contribution and used as an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of engineers within the Newcastle region.

The dinner—which had been postponed numerous times—finally went ahead on Friday 8 April 2022 and we were able to celebrate Ampcontrol engineer Dr Ian Webster for his two awards. He was named the winner of the esteemed M A Sargent Medal and the 2021 Professional Engineer of the Year, Newcastle Division.

We were also able to celebrate Ampcontrol engineers Richard Griffiths (Finalist 2021 Professional Engineer of the Year Award, Newcastle Division) and Thomas Steigler (2021 Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award, Newcastle Division).

Ian is Group Engineering Manager at Ampcontrol, and Adjunct Professor of Practice in the College of Engineering, Science and Environment at the University of Newcastle.

Ian’s background in engineering is both extensive and impressive, having enjoyed professional careers in both academia and in industry. As subject matter expert in numerous technical fields of electrical engineering, Ian has written over 30 invited and peer reviewed technical papers and conference presentations in the past five years alone.

‘These awards recognise Ian’s contribution to engineering across academia, regulatory bodies and industry for many years, where he made a noticeable impact. He has been a strong influence on many young engineers who are shaping the Newcastle region today. This is a well-deserved acknowledgement of Ian’s lifelong engagement and commitment to engineering,’ says Pierre Gouhier, Engineers Australia Newcastle President and General Manager – ResTech.

ICU Emergency Ventilator

Since joining Ampcontrol in 2006, Ian has led a number of high-profile industrial projects, most recently the development of an ICU Emergency Ventilator.

When the NSW Government issued a “call to arms” in March 2020 to develop a low cost, lifesaving emergency ventilator as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding, Ian stepped in.

He assembled an impressive team of engineers, biomedical and clinical specialists from Hunter New England Health, the University of Newcastle, and Ampcontrol—as well as Hunter-based Safearth and Newie Ventures. None of the people assembled specialised in medical equipment.

Ian quickly identified there were strong parallels between the heavily regulated mining sector where safety critical equipment design and controls are the norm with the medical sector.

What ensued was an astonishing effort by 20 engineers, support staff and trades people in parallel, all galvanised by a single heath crisis to successfully demonstrate a working ventilator at the John Hunter Hospital in just 18 days. Ampcontrol was subsequently awarded a contract for design and supply of mid acuity ventilators for the NSW government.

While the skillsets, manufacturing capability and tenacity to produce an emergency ventilator already existed within the Newcastle manufacturing sector, it was nothing other than the leadership shown by Ian Webster that achieved what can only be described as an incredible result.

This is just one example of Ian’s many engineering efforts.

Dr Ian Webster on winning the awards

The M. A. Sargent Medal is awarded by Engineers Australia for longstanding eminence in science or the practice of electrical engineering.

Dr Ian Webster, Ampcontrol Group Engineering Manager said on winning the M A Sargent Medal:

‘I am humbled to be recognised by the M A Sargent Medal. The list of previous winners is inspiring, and to be recognised amongst them is a privilege and an honour. I am no more than the product of the opportunities that others have afforded me, and to them I offer my deepest gratitude.’

Dr Ian Webster, Ampcontrol Group Engineering Manager said on being named 2021 Professional Engineer of the Year, Newcastle Division:

‘Engineering is necessarily a collaborative effort and its outcomes a collective achievement. Above all, this award recognises all of those knowledgeable, dedicated and inspirational professionals with whom I have been fortunate to work alongside.’

A chance to celebrate

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.

The night was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Ian, Richard and Thomas, at both Ampcontrol and within the engineering industry.

Pictured L-R: Thomas Steigler – Research Engineer, Paul Reynolds – General Manager – Technology (accepting award on behalf of Richard Griffiths – Senior R&D Engineer), Dr Ian Webster – Group Engineering Manager, Pierre Gouhier – Engineers Australia Newcastle President and General Manager – ResTech, and Rod Henderson – Managing Director & CEO.

Powering Business 2050

As Australia’s largest privately-owned electrical engineering company, our continued success is only made possible through the talented and innovative people we employ to energise our world for a sustainable future.

Ampcontrol has been rapidly accelerating its expansion in renewable energy manufacturing over the past few years. This has highlighted the need to build a workforce pipeline and align workforce skills to ensure that not only our business, but the industry as a whole can meet its potential for growth in emerging industries.

To address the great workforce challenges, we were pleased to partner with Business Hunter to deliver the Powering Business 2050: emerging industries and the future of work Summit 22-23 June 2022.

The Summit program was for businesses and industry wanting to understand what priorities must be built into education, training and workforce development to equip young people as well as transitioning workforces with the types of skills and knowledge they will need to thrive in businesses of the near- and long-term future.

“We have had to be very innovative to attract and retain talent as well as develop our people’s capability ensuring we have the right skills, not only for the now but for the jobs of the future,” says Ampcontrol Executive General Manager – People and Engagement Leigh Stefanszyn.

“With a strong focus on research and development and technological advancement, we are continually thinking 3 – 5 years in advance but need to start developing these skills now. We see our association and continued support with education, community, and business as integral to tackling this challenge across the region as we position the Hunter as an energy powerhouse.”

We were joined by regional and national experts and leaders in business, as well as education, training and government coming together to power the future of work for generations to come.

Help shape the future of Ampcontrol here.