Engineering Australia's energy future
SAGE Group , Aug 26, 2019 12:16:47 PM
She once lit up the Auckland Harbor Bridge entirely with solar-powered batteries, but for SAGE’s latest energy recruit – Senior Project Manager Samantha Kali – there are many more career highlights.
Now, as the energy sector rapidly transitions from a traditional model to distributed based energy models – relying increasingly on new forms of energy generation such as solar – new opportunities are emerging for skilled engineers with energy experience (like Samantha).
We chatted to Samantha to learn more about the transformation of Australia’s energy sector and what it means for engineers / those wishing to enter this field.
- Can you describe your role at SAGE and what it involves?
As a Senior Project Manager in the energy space, my role is predominantly about design. I start a project from scratch, producing everything from conceptual to detailed designs. I design cabinets and cables, perform Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and commissioning, and select the best equipment for each job.
Working on ground breaking energy projects that use non-traditional energy generation is the most exciting aspect. It brings a whole new set of complexities and challenges I can put my engineering mind towards!
- Why were you attracted to working at SAGE?
I moved to Australia for family reasons, but after meeting with SAGE I realised the company was delivering exciting projects in the energy space such as micro grids and behind-the-metre solutions. I am hoping to get into the programming space eventually.
- Energy is a relatively new space, and SAGE is working on some pioneering projects within this realm – does this make your role more exciting?