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Katrina Russell

Electrician

Katrina Russell - Electrician

Katrina Russell works for Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy. She got there thanks to an apprenticeship!

Katrina came across Hydro Tasmania’s apprentice program when she was doing general research into apprenticeships.

“After looking at Hydro Tasmania’s website and finding out about the production of electricity within Tasmania, it sparked my interest in wanting to work in renewable energy,” she says.

Katrina is really grateful for everything she learned during her three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship, where she worked alongside tradespeople and engineers to install, test, maintain and repair Hydro Tasmania’s electrical equipment. “I pinch myself every day that I’ve landed in a profession that I thoroughly enjoy.”

Now as a qualified electrician, Katrina is currently working on her second major refurbishment on a generator at Poatina Power Station. She is also part of the on-call roster for her area, attending callouts after hours and solving a wide range of issues to help minimise down time on the generators.

For anyone considering an apprenticeship, she definitely recommends it if you love hands-on work.

“I have found that everyone I have come across, is more than willing to teach or show you something, all while getting paid to learn,” she says.

And for those who want to turn a trade into a net zero career? Katrina believes the future of the renewable energy industry is promising and rewarding.

Apprenticeship tip

“Find one an apprenticeship that suits you. There are a huge range of apprenticeships out there, so I recommend attending open days at TAFE or college to see what interests you the most.”

Katrina’s study and career path to becoming an electrician

  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology, Launceston College
  • Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Certificate, Launceston College
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education, Launceston College
  • Public Servant, Department of Finance
  • Electrical Apprenticeship with Hydro Tasmania (Certificate III in Electrotechnology/ TasTAFE)
  • Generational Technician – Electrical, Hydro Tasmania

Read more about VET pathways in STEM here.

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