apa graduate program
About the Program
The APA Graduate Program provides you with a unique opportunity to gain valuable industry experience, learn about our business and gain insights into what a career at APA looks like. The program is primarily for Engineering students, however, there will also be opportunities for Commerce students, and potentially others down the track. Positions are open to those who have recently graduated, or will graduate prior to commencement and have not yet worked in a role in their field of study.
Applications for the following year's intake will open around June each year. These positions vary year to year and will be advertised on our careers page. Please view Working at APA to see the roles currently available.
The APA Graduate Program runs for two years. Over the two-year program you will complete four rotations across different areas, allowing you to work on a range of projects across our business. On each rotation you will complete day-to-day tasks that expose you to challenges and learning opportunities:
- Three core rotations, each for sevent months in length
- One elective rotation, which is three months in length
Throughout the rotations you will have three people supporting you:
- Line manager
Your line manager and buddy will change with each rotation, however, your mentor stays the same throughout the program.
Tasks and units
For each rotation you will have a list of technical units and associated tasks to complete related to that business area. These units have been designed to help you develop and understand specific technical skills, knowledge, capability and processes. They can, in the future, contribute to achieving chartered engineering status.*
*This is only the start of gaining enough units and experiences towards certification. On average, this process takes around five years of work experience and short courses.
Sample rotation areas
Infrastructure Design (Infrastructure Construction)
Networks and Power (Planning and Integrity)
Infrastructure Design (Asset Engineering)
Integrated Operations Centre
Infrastructure Design (Infrastructure Construction Engineering)
The APA Graduate Mentor Program has been designed to foster your development, and facilitate knowledge sharing with a more senior employee. You will gain experience, advice and knowledge from a professional who lives and breathes our business every day; their experience and wisdom is invaluable to your professional development and learning.
Performance and Development
We want you to develop your career whilst working at APA, as we know growth and progression are high on your list of employment priorities. During your two years, there will be opportunities for performance and development reviews.
At the beginning of each rotation your line manager will meet with you and your mentor to discuss expectations and set goals for the rotation period. At the end of the rotation your line manager will meet with you and your mentor to review your performance and experience against the goals for the rotation period. Throughout your rotation your manager will also provide feedback to you and your mentor on how you are tracking.
Your mentor will conduct regular reviews to line up with our standard APA performance development cycle. This means that whilst on the Graduate Program, you may be eligible for pay increases and/or bonuses depending on your personal performance, and the company’s performance.
The review process ensures you are tracking against agreed and desirable goals, training and behaviours and takes into account your overall performance.
Professional Development opportunities
Throughout the program, you will be encouraged to attend both internal and external professional development opportunities. Some of these in-house programs will be the acquisition of soft skills and personal development from the APA suite of programs for all employees. Others may be external workshops or sessions designed for young engineers. Your learning doesn’t finish once you leave university, it continues throughout your career, and APA encourages you to seek out learning and development opportunities.
Diversity and Inclusion
APA Group supports and promotes diversity and inclusion (D&I) and, as part of that D&I focus, we would like to see more women engineers join our teams.
Tayah (pictured above) recently joined APA in our 2018 Graduate Program, and we are very excited to have her on board. Click here to read about why Tayah chose engineering and what her experience was like studying a male-dominated course at university.
Quotes from some of our Graduates
My role has seen me involved in anything from engineering calculations to project management and I've experienced working in some remote locations in regional Queensland. I've worked in Infrastructure Development on large scale projects. And working in East Coast Grid Engineering with smaller projects has given me the opportunity to manage my own projects.
I enjoy working at APA for a variety of reasons. The flexible hours have been excellent and it's great to have a company that is supportive in that way. I've also enjoyed social events with colleagues, such as Tough Mudder. I've also found that APA is quite supportive when it comes to charity events and I enjoyed taking part in Movember last year.
I see a career path at APA. I would eventually like to take on more of a leadership role in Infrastructure Development and wish to gain my Chartered status with Engineers Australia and become a professional accredited Pipeline Engineer under APGA's new competency standards."
APA’s key involvement in Australia’s energy industry initially drew me to investigate their graduate program. Throughout my tertiary study, energy was a continuous interest of mine which motivated me to apply for a position in the APA graduate program.
Being able to get a taste of different engineering departments through the graduate program rotations has been a great way to enter the industry and begin my engineering career. The rotations have been beneficial in helping me determine the areas of engineering at APA I enjoy the most and where I feel I can add the most value moving forward.
Since starting with APA, I have experienced working in the Asset Engineering and Infrastructure Construction Engineering teams. In Asset Engineering, I was primarily providing engineering support to transmission operations through the design and delivery of small rectification and upgrade projects. Whilst Infrastructure Construction has offered me the opportunity to get involved in engineering teams delivering large-scale projects.
Throughout the Graduate Program, I have also had opportunities to supplement my on-the-job learning experience by attending a variety of training courses. This extra training has allowed for me to fast-track my understanding and development.
To see what opportunities we have, please view Working At APA to see the roles are currently available.