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Innovation Engineer

Requisition ID: 262235 

  • Relocation Authorized: None 
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Brisbane, QLD 

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Project Overview

The Australia-Asia Power Link Project (AAPowerLink) aims to develop the world's largest Solar Farm (17-20GW generating capacity) in a remote location of the Northern Territory of Australia, approx. 750km south of Darwin. Power generated will be transported by overland transmission lines (OHTL) using HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) to Darwin and then via undersea HVDC cables to Singapore. Project includes major battery storage and converter stations at the Solar Farm, at Darwin and Singapore (more information is available at (


Position Summary

Challenge the pre-FEED and FEED engineering activities associated with the Innovation tasks required to improve the overall outcomes of the Project, with particular focus on the solar generation precinct, the battery storage precincts, converter stations, subsea cables and non-process infrastructure, including interfacing with the other related functions of Engineering, Project Controls, Procurement & Contracting, Delivery Planning, Risk Management, Logistics, HS&E, quality, etcetera.

The Innovation Engineer assists the Innovation Manager, from an engineering perspective, to challenge all Project packages to improve the overall outcomes of the Project. It requires interfacing with many of the direct and functional members of the Project Team.

This role requires a Renewable Energy and Power Systems experienced person that has excellent communication and negotiation skills both with internal and external stakeholders. The candidate must have a deep understanding of the Australian Renewable Energy Market with established industry relationships. The candidate shall be able to confidently provide a compelling solution, one way or the other, with regard to the innovation opportunity or vulnerability to our customer whilst simultaneously undertaking the required governance to pass all internal gates.


About the role:

  • Collaborates and coordinates with engineering activities for the Project or assigned portion including interaction with engineers of all disciplines within the Project to achieve Innovation outcomes.
  • Establishes or assists in establishing the detailed Innovation plan to align with the Project execution plan which may include the development of a budget and schedule. Inputs to and owns the engineering elements of a Project Innovation capital estimate (proposals and execution) quantities and budgets.
  • Prepares and/or develops and/or recommends schedules or actions to progress Innovations to a conclusion, as required.
  • Collaborates and coordinates innovation engineering effort with Project Manager, package leads and functional groups when assigned.
  • Reviews and approves design documents, change orders, material requisitions and specifications for construction or procurement use within an Innovation requirement.
  • Supervises the preparation of, reviews and endorses bid analyses and recommendations for procurement of equipment material and services within Innovations scope of responsibility.
  • If required, initiates requests for specialized professional services.
  • Assists with reviews of Innovation progress against approved schedules, evaluates changes and takes corrective action when required.
  • Manages the flow of information required from third parties to assure the timely progress of the work.
  • Prepares or coordinates the preparation of project studies, reports, forecasts, special engineering reports when requested in relation to Innovation opportunities and vulnerabilities.
  • Ensures that Technical Risk Assessments are comprehensive and complete, safety practices and procedures are implemented, and engineering design and corresponding design documentation are in compliance with project Quality Assurance plan and procedures.
  • Communicates complex technical issues and recommends solutions to client, project and functional management as directed and as appropriate.
  • Champions the creation of a project work environment, supported by leadership on the project/program, which fosters openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.


What you bring:

  • Technical knowledge of related engineering systems, engineering calculations, applications of engineering and construction methods and materials, and engineering application of computers.
  • Proficient knowledge of project engineering processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of related construction practices and the economics involved and current knowledge of new methods of design and construction.
  • Proficient knowledge on planning, application and coordination of 2-D and/or 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD) design processes on a project.
  • Knowledge of industry/regulatory codes and standards and design criteria.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the renewables industry.
  • Oral and written communication skills.


The above is normally acquired through:

  • A recognized degree in engineering or scientific discipline from an accredited college or university, OR
  • A professional license in an appropriate discipline from a recognized licensing board, OR
  • Specialized courses in relevant general engineering, or an appropriate engineering discipline, AND
  • Progressive work experience, including project design engineering or other relevant types of engineering including, field engineering or utilities or engineering/construction firms, preferably in the field of renewable energy delivery.



Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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