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Hydro Tasmania

4.1
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Hydro Tasmania

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Engineering Consulting

What it does: Hydro Tasmania generates hydro-electric energy which powers Tasmania and is exported to mainland Australia for distribution across the National Energy Market.  

Best known for: Hydro Tasmania is Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy and also the biggest water manager in Australia with approximately A$4.8 billion of assets.

Staff stats: More than 1200 employees.

The good bits: competitive benefits, a structured graduate program and your own training budget. 

The not so good bits: Hydro Tasmania’s graduate program is primarily based out of Hobart, Tasmania.  Whilst Hobart offers a fantastic lifestyle, if you are looking to work in a large city centre or a different country, this program may not be for you. 

The Hydro Tasmania story

Hydro Tasmania has operated for more than 100 years. In 1914, the organisation was known as the Hydro-Electric Department, when the state government of Tasmania established it to complete their first hydro-electric power station. The state-owned business enterprise has evolved to become Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy with 55 major dams, 30 hydropower stations and two wind farms. 

Hydro Tasmania’s consulting business, Entura, provides power and water expertise to clients across Australia and Asia. Hydro Tasmania’s retail business, Momentum Energy, supplies energy to customers throughout Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, and the Bass Strait islands. 

Hydro Tasmania is currently leading Australia’s transition to renewable energy through their Battery of the Nation program, investigating improvements in hydropower and the impact HydroTasmania can have on the National Energy Market. The organisation also recently developed a shared purpose to ‘Make Energy Better’ and a set of shared values known as ‘Our Way’.

The recruitment process

The graduate program opens for applications in March of each year. Hydro Tasmania welcomes applications of all ages, races abilities and genders. Shortlisted individuals complete an online video interview before being invited to an assessment day which are held in both Hobart and Melbourne. The assessment involves three stages, comprising an introduction to the company’s operations and staff, group activities and one-on-one interviews.

Hydro Tasmania considers international students for the program only if they are permanent residents, or they graduated from an Australian university and hold a valid Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) throughout the program’s duration. The total process will take no longer than four weeks.  

Graduate program

The Hydro Tasmania graduate program gives you the opportunity to rotate through various functions and opportunities through the Hydro Tasmania, Entura and Momentum energy businesses, giving you exposure to all aspects of the energy life cycle and all of the different job functions that are required to deliver energy to customers.  Graduates attend a variety of professional development and networking events, and receive an annual individual training budget to invest in furthering their technical skills.  

Recent investments in improving the graduate experience have resulted in a dedicated Talent Partner to oversee the induction and onboarding process, coordinate rotations and act as a focal point for graduates to discuss their unique development needs.

Career prospects

The graduate program trains selected candidates for two to three years based on their field of studies. Individuals with the following degrees will be the most relevant people for Hydro Tasmania:

  • Accounting
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Data science
  • Economics
  • Engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics or renewable energy)
  • Environmental science
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science

Hydro Tasmania remains a good choice for graduates who prefer a dynamic work environment, however it’s important to note that the organisation is still on a modernisation journey. The evolving duties manifest through job rotations that may include work at the company’s regional sites in Tasmania, Momentum Energy (Melbourne) and Entura.

Remuneration

Graduates earn between AUD65,000 and AUD70,000 plus superannuation as a starting salary.  There is a guaranteed annual salary increase everywhere which is calculated on both CPI and achievement of individual performance goals.  

Salary appraisals depend on a person’s performance. Other financial benefits include site allowances, leave loading, electricity health insurance discounts, and health and wellbeing programs. Hydro Tasmania offers a paid parental leave program and employees are also paid superannuation during periods of unpaid parental leave. 

Remuneration is carefully analysed to ensure that the gender pay gap is not experienced at Hydro Tasmania. Most employees feel satisfied with the company’s compensation scheme and development opportunities. 

The culture

Flexible working is encouraged and through the engagement survey, employees rate work-life balance as the best aspect of working for Hydro Tasmania.  Most people acknowledge the flexibility in work hours and job rotations at Hydro Tasmania. The company expects its employees to have an inherent understanding of workplace safety, especially for field workers, with Hydro Tasmania investing greatly in workplace safety training.

Social contributions

On top of playing a major role in Australia’s transition to renewable energy, Hydro Tasmania’s Community Grant Program donates up to AUD5,000 for non-profit projects in Tasmania. The company also sponsors local events to boost regional tourism. Their partnerships with Colony 47, Hobart City Mission, Red Cross, the Smith Family and the Tasmanian Migrant Resource Centre support community development with the help of Hydro Tasmania’s employees. More than 250 workers volunteer for these projects and our corporate volunteering program allows for using working days to attend volunteer events. 

Hydro Tasmania is passionate about diversity and inclusion and recently launched its Disability Inclusion Action Plan, aimed at increasing opportunities for people of all abilities to work and do business with the organisation.

The vibe of the place

Hydro Tasmania is evolving, by adopting innovative ways of working including Agile methodology and Human Centred Design principles. Previous graduates have expressed concern that the building facilities were a bit dated, this has been addressed by undergoing significant workplace upgrades to facilitate collaboration and productivity and foster wellbeing. Graduates at Hydro Tasmania can embark on their career knowing they are contributing to innovation in renewable energy in Australia.

Graduate Review

Overall Score
4.1
Overall score based on 17 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.6
Sustainability
8.5
Work Hours
8.2
Diversity
8
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.6
Sustainability
8.5
Work Hours
8.2
Diversity
8
Corporate Social Responsibility
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Interesting work, the company values helping the community, work/life balance, remuneration
  • Great mix of on-site and off-site work. I am the sort of person that enjoys getting their hands dirty and working with the site crews. Big cool assets from a large variety of manufacturers, so there's always something unusual to solve.
  • Encouragement and support for graduates working on major projects with other staff. Large focus on development opportunities with a training budget for grads each FY.
  • Hydro Tasmania has a very steep learning curve in regard to its systems and processes which can take a new starter a while to get their head around.
  • It’s a big, old business with a lot of legacy issues and it’s sometimes overwhelming. It’s hard to see and implement improvement because there is a lot of people who have been around for a long time.
  • The company doesn't have a strong knowledge base for reference, forum to whats happening in the whole organisation level, and a lack of documentation/content.

Opportunities

Locations With Opportunities
  • Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
S
Sciences

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
Set yourself up as early as possible for your future. Take opportunities as they present themselves, make connections with people in your field, apply early and often for career starting positions.

Joshua Cunningham

  • Graduate stories
Set yourself up as early as possible for your future. Take opportunities as they present themselves, make connections with people in your field, apply early and often for career starting positions.

Joshua Cunningham

  • Graduate stories
The best part about being a grad at Hydro Tas is the emphasis they place on welcoming and guiding all of their grads. Most of the leaders I know who have been in the business for over 30 years began as a graduate engineer or BA.

Maddy Beechey

  • Graduate stories
The best part about being a grad at Hydro Tas is the emphasis they place on welcoming and guiding all of their grads. Most of the leaders I know who have been in the business for over 30 years began as a graduate engineer or BA.

Maddy Beechey

  • Graduate stories
Set yourself up as early as possible for your future. Take opportunities as they present themselves, make connections with people in your field, apply early and often for career starting positions.

Joshua Cunningham

  • Graduate stories
Set yourself up as early as possible for your future. Take opportunities as they present themselves, make connections with people in your field, apply early and often for career starting positions.

Joshua Cunningham

  • Graduate stories
The best part about being a grad at Hydro Tas is the emphasis they place on welcoming and guiding all of their grads. Most of the leaders I know who have been in the business for over 30 years began as a graduate engineer or BA.

Maddy Beechey

  • Graduate stories
The best part about being a grad at Hydro Tas is the emphasis they place on welcoming and guiding all of their grads. Most of the leaders I know who have been in the business for over 30 years began as a graduate engineer or BA.

Maddy Beechey


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Maria Brescianini

Maria Brescianini studied a Bachelor of Engineering and is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Hydro Tasmania
  • Day in the life

Maria Brescianini

Maria Brescianini studied a Bachelor of Engineering and is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Hydro Tasmania
  • Day in the life

Bruce Brook

Bruce Brook studied a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors and is a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Hydro Tasmania.
  • Day in the life

Bruce Brook

Bruce Brook studied a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors and is a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Hydro Tasmania.
  • Day in the life

Maria Brescianini

Maria Brescianini studied a Bachelor of Engineering and is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Hydro Tasmania
  • Day in the life

Maria Brescianini

Maria Brescianini studied a Bachelor of Engineering and is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Hydro Tasmania
  • Day in the life

Bruce Brook

Bruce Brook studied a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors and is a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Hydro Tasmania.
  • Day in the life

Bruce Brook

Bruce Brook studied a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors and is a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Hydro Tasmania.

Videos


Anna Blake, Hydro Tasmania Graduate Program

Anna Blake joined our team as a graduate with Entura, Hydro Tasmania’s design consultancy. As a civil engineer, she operates the latest in high-tech drones and submersibles to assess dam infrastructure. Anna believes if you’re keen and enthusiastic, there are plenty of opportunities for graduates here at Hydro Tasmania. Applications are open for the 2021 graduate program.

Daniel Jirik, Hydro Tasmania Graduate Program

In the short time since Daniel joined Hydro Tasmania as a graduate civil engineer, he’s been working in tunnels and pipelines and project managing civil works. If you want to get out in the thick of things, get your hands dirty and surround yourself with experts in your field, join our team and fast forward your career. Applications are open for the 2021 graduate program.

Anna Blake, Hydro Tasmania Graduate Program

Anna Blake joined our team as a graduate with Entura, Hydro Tasmania’s design consultancy. As a civil engineer, she operates the latest in high-tech drones and submersibles to assess dam infrastructure. Anna believes if you’re keen and enthusiastic, there are plenty of opportunities for graduates here at Hydro Tasmania. Applications are open for the 2021 graduate program.

Daniel Jirik, Hydro Tasmania Graduate Program

In the short time since Daniel joined Hydro Tasmania as a graduate civil engineer, he’s been working in tunnels and pipelines and project managing civil works. If you want to get out in the thick of things, get your hands dirty and surround yourself with experts in your field, join our team and fast forward your career. Applications are open for the 2021 graduate program.