What is Power Engineering?

What career opportunities are there in this field?

The world of sustainable energy system technologies offers many career opportunites. According to Engineers Australia, the industry needs hundreds of new engineers in the power sector (utilities and power generation) each year.   There are shortfalls and heavy demand  for power transmssion and generating systems engineers, grid maintenance and stability contractors and industrial power supply engineers. Additionally there is demand from  industries other then power,  such as petrochemical and mining.

Our Power Engineering Program

Power Engineering is a growth area in the field of electrical engineering. The University of Sydney Power Engineering course will give its graduates a deep understanding of power engineering at both the system and device level. Knowledge of power transmission, distribution and utilisation will be built on a solid foundation of basic mathematics and physics.

The power engineering program is designed with key industrial partners and is complemented with ‘real’ world project work on protection of industrial and power plants, as well as transmission and distribution networks. Students are exposed to maintenance practices of electrical grids, advanced monitoring and diagnostics technologies. Renewable energy systems such as wind and solar and the associated electronics to facilitate energy conversion and integration with the electrical grid help students understand the complexities associated with energy sustainability issues.

The University of Sydney program has the benefit of a purpose-built laboratory facility thanks to the generosity of Sir William Tyree. The Tyree laboratory (due for completion in 2009) will enable students to work on industrial standard equipment rather than software simulations, closing the gap between theory and real-world practice.

Full descriptions of degrees and specific content of units of study can be found in our handbook and at View Course Information

Why do Power Engineering?

With the growing realisation of the detrimental implications of climate change to our future, water and energy have been critical global issues. Any modern civilisation and associated socioeconomic activities, such as transportation, manufacturing, industrial processes and automation, to name just few, depend heavily upon the availability of electrical energy generated with sustainable technologies which most take for granted.
The deregulation of the power industry in many developed countries including Australia, has increased the demand for high quality electrical power and more efficient use of electrical energy.

Electrical energy must be generated in an economic manner  to reduce costs and, in as many cases as possible, must be from renewable energy sources. Developing countries such as China, India and the Middle East, rely on the power infrastructure for their growth and development.

Moreover, Australia has an insatiable demand for power and major improvements to the power infrastructure are planned over the next decade. Accordingly there is ever-increasing demand from the power-sector industries for suitably trained electrical and power engineers. And with an ageing engineering workforce in the power undustry, this demand is expected to continue for many years.

Further Study

Start with your Power Engineering undergraduate degree either as a standalone or part of a combined program and branch out.

Masters by coursework and research and doctoral programs are available to further enhance and increase your knowledge. See our website for details.

Further information

For information about Power Engineering contact:

School of Electrical and Information Engineering

Professor David Hill 

email: eie.admin@sydney.edu.au

For information on how to apply for the Bachelor of Engineering in any discipline go to Degree Information

Find out your options at  Undergraduate Application