Working with Us
At SunWater, we are committed to attracting, maintaining and building a skilled, motivated and diverse workforce.
Our staff are important to our business, to our customers and for our communities in which we operate. That’s why we offer excellent working conditions, and personal and professional development opportunities that establish careers – not just jobs.
Click the 'Meet our Employees' link below to hear what our employees say about SunWater.
- Meet our Employees
- Amanda Butler, Engineer
Amanda Butler (Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering)
Engineer, Infrastructure Planning, Brisbane
As a graduate engineer with SunWater I have been able to strengthen skills in my key study disciplines, Design and Environment. The work I have been involved in over the three year Graduate Program has complemented my study and I now have on-the-job experience in yield modelling, investigation and concept designs for Weirs and Dams, and pre-feasibility studies of various pipelines. I have also developed Environmental Management Plans, Erosion and Sediment Control Plans and performed environmental audits of construction projects.
Being involved in the graduate program has given me the opportunity to change roles every year and gain work experience over a number of disciplines. I have also gained valuable insight into the water industry and business itself by having worked across so many areas within the one company.
Aspects of the SunWater Graduate Program that specifically appealed to me was the comprehensive training, expert mentoring and rotations offered to graduates.
Amanda completed the Graduate Program in January 2010 and currently works as an Engineer in the Infrastructure Planning team at SunWater.
- Clinton Oar, Apprentice Fitter and Turner
Apprentice Fitter and Turner, Clare Depot (near Ayr)
Far North Region I am in my second last year of my apprenticeship with SunWater. I live locally and had always hoped to get an apprenticeship close to home so I wouldn't’t have to leave the Burdekin. I was excited when I saw the advertisement in the local paper a few years ago. I sent in my application straight away and then got called for an interview followed by an offer for the job!
I enjoy being part of the team at Clare and the work I do is really varied, especially on the water delivery infrastructure welding and maintaining component and equipment. At the moment I am rebuilding a trailer we use to carry equipment from between job sites. I go to the social events and get-togethers that are organised in Clare so it is a good working environment.
I have also been given training in lots of other areas such as safety, to make sure that I am aware of the right processes whenever I am helping someone.
- Ben Harrison, Cadet technical Officer
Cadet Technical Officer, Infrastructure Development, Brisbane
Currently I am studying an Associate Degree of Engineering (Electrical) through the University of Southern Queensland.
As a cadet at SunWater I have had the benefit of being able to work and learn in a variety of areas within engineering, including:
- The drafting of electrical plans for on-site constructions
- Creating instrumentation diagrams for pipelines and pump stations
- Installation and calibration of dam safety equipment in dams across Queensland
- The operation and safety analysis of water treatment plants state wide
I chose SunWater’s Cadet Program because it is a challenging way to further my engineering career. It offers hands-on experience, expert guidance and it is an invaluable experience to be able to work in such a large professional organisation.
I have been fortunate to travel and see a large amount of the state of which I had not previously seen, and build working relationships across the organisation.
In participating in the Cadet Program I hope to continue my tertiary education and gather the skills and experience necessary to further my career in the field of engineering.
- Jesse Christian, Cadet Technical Officer
Cadet Technical Officer, Infrastructure Development, Brisbane
I am studying an Associate Degree of Engineering (Mechanical) through the University of Southern Queensland.
At SunWater I have been lucky enough to participate in work that I enjoy, including:
- Travelling to Dams at all stages of construction
- Designing of pumps, gates, doors, pipelines and fishlocks
- Inspection of mechanical products (hydraulic cylinders, pumps, pipes, fishtraps)
The SunWater Cadet Program provides the opportunity to not only study at university but also learn from expert engineers in all fields.
Furthermore the hands-on experience will broaden my opportunities for the future. The program also offers flexible hours.
By participating in the Cadet program, I hope to further my knowledge in mechanical engineering and eventually become a full fledged engineer.
- Amanda Ferris, Trainee Administration
Trainee Administration, Reception, Brisbane
I am nearly finished my 12 month administration traineeship with SunWater. Almost a year ago I was looking for junior administration position and found this role advertised on Seek.com. The application and interview process was quite fast, about a week or two from when I applied to when I actually started working. I thought I had a 50/50 chance. It’s all about hoping for the best but realising that it might not work out – being realistic.
The college component of the traineeship was excellent. The trainer would come to SunWater and spend regular time working on theory and assessments with myself and another trainee. There was so much help available and the process was extremely well explained. I knew exactly where I was up to and my trainer, Allan, was a good teacher.
The people at SunWater are friendly and it didn't take long to fit in and feel like part of the company. It was a little difficult in beginning because I literally didn’t know anything about working in an office, but the managers and other employees were patient and glad to help, which made me feel at ease.
I’ve built up strong working relationships with many other employees and go to most of the events that the social club holds. It really helps my confidence and drive when they notice and comment on my improvements.
The traineeship has definitely helped my career. I now know I have the basic skills and qualifications that will help me be where I want to be in 5 years time. I think a traineeship with SunWater gives you a great start because it is such a diverse organisation and SunWater really takes care of you while you are learning.
- Haylee Clarke, Trainee Administration
Trainee Administration, Human Resources, Brisbane
I found the trainee position in the careers section of the SunWater site and applied on line straight away. The application process was really good. I got a phone call a week or so after the closing date to come in for an interview. I came in and was welcomed with smiles, instantly taking my nervousness away. I felt really comfortable as soon as I stepped into the interview. A week later I got another call asking me to come in for an informal meeting, and was introduced to the team I would be working with.
The good thing about the traineeship is that you have a year to complete the learning component and you do this while you are working and earning some money. It also gives you a really good idea about whether you want to pursue a career in this field or not.
The thing I liked most about my traineeship was that I was able to go at my own pace. I had meetings every two weeks with the trainer in the workplace but I was able to change that if I needed to. I was in control of most things and never felt rushed.
This is my first ‘real’ job and it’s given me the chance to learn and experience new things. There are many opportunities at SunWater and there is always something going on.
I have been treated really well and everyone has been extremely pleasant and welcoming. As a trainee everyone has had the patience to talk me through anything I’m confused about or having trouble with. I am also on the social club committee and help to organise events and go to as many as I can.
Whether I am staying in or leaving SunWater I will have a years worth of great experience and my Certificate III in Business to help me. I would certainly recommend a traineeship here at SunWater. My time here has been enjoyable.
- Amanda Butler, Engineer
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