Ampcontrol Looks to the Future with 20 New Recruits

Regarded as a long standing tradition within Ampcontrol; the annual Apprentice and Graduate morning tea was held this morning at Ampcontrol’s Head Office in Tomago to welcome 20 new starters.

From Graduate Electrical Engineers taking their first plunge into their chosen profession to soon-to-be first year Apprentices and Trainees across a range of trades, the morning tea signalled a huge moment in recent Ampcontrol history.

“Providing substantial and meaningful career pathways for young people via Apprenticeships has always been an important part of our business but recent years have made onboarding at this scale almost impossible. With a positive turn in business conditions and outlook, it is a delight to see so many new faces joining the business, especially in these critical skills areas” said Ampcontrol CEO/MD Rod Henderson.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships have been offered across mechanical, electrical, fabrication and stores trades as well as three graduate engineers who will rotate across different parts of the business.

“The morning tea is not only an opportunity to welcome them all together as the 2018 cohort but show them around some of our 13,000sqm of manufacturing space in Tomago which helps put a lot of the work they are about to start, in perspective” added Rod.

Since 1968, Ampcontrol has provided employment to skilled tradepeople and engineers who have contributed to some significant innovations throughout the company’s almost 50 year history.

“Traditionally, Ampcontrol may have been recognised within the Hunter as a manufacturer that supports the mining industry. The Ampcontrol of 2017 and beyond is so much more than that. While advanced manufacturing out of the Hunter remains a core capability, the reach of our business into new markets means our innovative approach to engineering and customer solutions is going global” said Rod.

In 2017, Ampcontrol delivered electrical infrastructure to Sydney’s Westconnex project as well as securing tunnelling project work in Hong Kong and Singapore.

“As we approach our 50th year in 2018, it is an exciting period for Ampcontrol and our people. This is what makes welcoming 20 new people who will be part of this exciting future even more rewarding” said Rod.

Ampcontrol employs over 350 people in the Hunter across seven sites and specialises in the design and supply of complete electrical system solutions.


Ampcontrol Supporting STEM in Schools

As a business focused on innovation through engineering and technology, Ampcontrol recognise the importance of STEM in education. That’s why we’re proudly supporting a number of STEM programs in high schools across NSW and QLD.

Ampcontrol have initiated the inaugural Junior Secondary STEM robotics award at the 2017 Emerald State High School awards night.  In association with the Emerald State High School, Ampcontrol funded a Raspberry Pi for the award recipient to extend their learning and skills in basic coding with some hands on equipment.  Ampcontrol were excited to be a part of the event, partnering with community to recognise outstanding effort.  The robotics program is new to the Emerald State High School, and Ampcontrol have recognised the importance of this field for the community into the future.

Ampcontrol have also signed on to P-Tech, a Federal Government initiative to partner schools and industry in a STEM focussed learning opportunity. The program will see official P-Tech work placement students from Hunter River High School connect with our Tomago based operations from early 2018. Working together, schools and industry enable innovative approaches to the way learning is delivered; approaches that would not be possible if schools, or industry, acted in isolation.

In 2018, Ampcontrol will celebrate 50 years of making a powerful difference within local communities.

Take a look at the AUK1000 at IME

Allenwest Ampcontrol India will be launching the AUK1000 a scalable, reliable and quality British manufactured multi-drive control box at IME in Kolkata this week.  Stop by and see us on stand A15 to discuss how the AUK1000 could be right for your next project.

The AUK1000 is the advanced multi-function technology base for Ampcontrol’s internationally certified power distribution solutions, such as motor starters and circuit breakers. The AUK1000’s primary role is the reliable control, monitoring and protection of electrically driven plant and machinery in hazardous underground mining environments. It offers advanced safety, productivity and maintenance features as well as a durable flameproof enclosure.

AUK1000 features:

  • Multi-function applications with capacity up to 400A and 1100V
  • Customised isolator and drive options
  • Independent or sequenced drive control
  • Programmable settings on HMI via IS touch pad
  • Up to four outlets per unit, free standing or assembled into multiple configurations

Find out more about the AUK1000