For Stephen Slobodian, becoming Chartered meant he could bring his innovative thinking further into the energy sector.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian energy sector, Stephen Slobodian has developed networks across the country, working in partnership with other states and other companies.
He has developed expertise across technologies, developing skills in everything from gas to electricity distribution networks and beyond. And he has seen shifts in the types of energy that are being used to run the country, from oil and gas to an increasing interest in greener sources.
“Renewable energy’s become a big thing, and the world is conscious about carbon and wants to reduce emissions,” he told create.
“I worked on hydrogen pilot projects during my time in the gas industry, but I’ve noticed that a lot of gas companies are transitioning into renewables: solar, wind and biomass.”
He is now Head of Operations and Engineering Design at South Australia’s Distribution Power Design (DPD), and he says that’s where real innovation in energy is taking place.
“The advancement in all this renewable energy is really in the electricity sector,” Slobodian said. “DPD is a specialist electrical infrastructure design company. They undertake a wide range of consultancy services involved in design of electrical reticulation distribution and street lighting systems.”
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The company also designs new powerline systems for mining, oil and gas companies as well as electrical utilities, including working on solar network systems.
“I’m really responsible for overseeing the company’s technical and business operations, which includes introducing innovation, which is really at the heart of what we do at DPD,” he said.
“The business allows me to be involved in all areas of its operations, not just engineering work.”
Slobodian credits his Chartered status with Engineers Australia for helping him advance his career, including to his current position.
“Chartered, for me, was probably one of the most important and valuable milestones in my career,” he says.
“Becoming Chartered allowed me to reflect on my competencies and being Chartered enabled me to maintain the highest level of competency and professional integrity.
“Chartered status has enhanced my professional experience and allows me to approve designs nationally. It also allows me to stand out in the job market.”
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