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Chanelle Olive

from Electrical Engineer to Earthing Engineering Manager
Energy, gas and oil
Energy Queensland, sponsored by Yurika
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  • How safety and risk drive all engineering decisions
  • How to get promoted early in your career
  • How to balance work and life as a Mum of 2 young girls

About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

I am an Electrical Engineer with 15 years’ experience in the Electricity Industry. I also previously lectured in the Engineering department of CQUniversity for 6 years.

I currently work in Rockhampton for Energy Queensland as the Engineering Manager for Earthing. In this role, I oversee a team of engineers who set the standards for earthing on our electricity network.

I am a wife, and mother of a 2 daughters. I currently balance working and being a mum through part-time work arrangements.

I have a passion for mentoring and developing young engineers, particularly women. I am excited to be able to expand this work to high-school students via the UNIQ You program.

About my role

  • Decisive
  • Disciplined
  • Logical
  • Personable
  • Principled
  • Sociable

The Earthing Engineering Manager is employed by Energy Queensland which is
the sole electricity distribution company providing electricity to all of

The role of Earthing Engineering Manager is to ensure the safety of Queensland
staff and public through correctly managing the network earthing systems. This involves
setting high quality earthing standards, solving difficult earthing problems
and providing accurate and timely advice to staff and customers on earthing

The Earthing Engineering Manager manages a team of engineers who work together
to ensure the network earthing is functional, reliable and safe. They develop
strategies, manage budgets, and ensure successful project execution. They work
closely with teams and collaborate with other management personnel.

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  • High School Certificate
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1st Hons) + Diploma of Professional Practice
  • CPEng and RPEQ qualifications


  • Digital Design/Information Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Mathematical Methods (Maths B)
  • Physics


  • Nominated for Ergon Energy’s “Above and Beyond” awards in the category of “Working Together”
  • Runner up Prize - IET “Present Around the World” competition, placing #1 graduate in Australia and in the top 8 of the world
  • IET UK Award for graduating at the top of the Electrical Engineering faculty at CQU


  • Renovating
  • Seeing family and friends
  • Travel


  • 1 Dog

15 year old me!!

“Do what interests and excites you and don’t give a second thought about being female. Have courage, work hard, stand up for yourself and know your value. Women can do anything they set their mind to.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Studied Electrical Engineering at CQU
  2. Worked in UK as part of my degree
  3. Landed a job at EQL (Ergon Energy) and also lectured at CQUni at night for first 6 years.
  4. Obtained my CPEng and RPEQ status
  5. Promoted to Management

My employer

Yurika is a team of market leading experts in distributed energy, electrical infrastructure, metering and telecommunications solutions. Yurika works with businesses to deliver innovative, fit for purpose solutions that meet the companies needs.