“I’d always wanted to work outdoors rather than going to uni. I heard good things about Energex from family members in the industry and had a few mates there, so I decided the apprenticeship would be a good move for me. Because you have to climb poles and towers, working as a linesperson is a physically demanding job. That’s great for me because I play grade rugby for Brothers Rugby Union and ENERGEX encourages sporting activities outside of work to keep you fit.
They’ve been very supportive of my passion for rugby. In fact, after I suffered a sports injury, they got me on a rehabilitation program and put me on light duties so I’m not exposed to any risk of re-injuring myself. They’ve taught me new office-based skills, so I can still work and help the company.
As Linesperson, you assist on upgrades on the low voltage network, repairing and maintaining powerlines for customers. You also get involved in emergency repair work and I was proud to be part of the clean-up crew that restored power to 75,000 houses after the major storm at Christmas. The most exciting thing I’ve done is a major project with Network Transmission Services, refitting hardware on two towers that cross the Brisbane River. Working 85 metres above the city was an experience to remember – I’ve got some great photos.
My mates work at restaurants or in weekend jobs while they’re at uni, but I’ve got a full-time role with a company that takes care of me and is in the news a fair bit which is quite exciting. I can honestly say it’s never dull. Each day is a surprise really - things are always changing and there’s always different aspects to it everyday.
Staying with Energex and becoming a live linesperson is definitely a goal. From there I’d also like to travel and work around the world. Energex gives you a licence that’s recognised worldwide – you’d be wanted anywhere with the skills you learn here."
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