Ampcontrol exhibits at BAE Systems’ Factory of the Future event

In a move that showcased Ampcontrol’s capabilities in the defence sector, Ampcontrol exhibited at BAE Systems’ recent Factory of the Future themed technology event.

The one-day event is aligned with BAE Systems’ Digital Shipyard and Industry 4.0 initiatives to facilitate digital engagement across all aspects of the Hunter Class frigate program. Limited to 20 key suppliers and with BAE representatives attending, the invitation-only event took place on Tuesday 23 July in Melbourne.

Ampcontrol attendees included Rohit Sandlesh, Austech Site Manager, an Ampcontrol Group company, Paul Reynolds, Ampcontrol Business Manager Electronics, and John Watson, Ampcontrol Automation and Digital Technology Manager.

“Ampcontrol is a big player both in specialised electrical and electronics manufacturing in Australia and globally. With 50 plus years of experience, we have the capability to offer highly sophisticated digital solutions. Our capabilities are also transferable to commercial maritime and naval defence industries and we offer comprehensive national service,” said Sandlesh.

“This defence event provided us with a great opportunity to showcase Ampcontrol’s expertise and broad capability in harsh and challenging environments. It also offered some great partnering possibilities.”

For information about BAE’s digital shipyard click here.

Image: Paul Reynolds (left) with John Watson at the Ampcontrol stand.

NSW Minister For Skills and Tertiary Education Meets With Ampcontrol Apprentices As 2020 Program Attracts Record Applicants

The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee, NSW Minister For Skills & Tertiary Education, conducted a tour of Ampcontrol operations on Thursday 18 July meeting with Apprentices to see firsthand how Vocational Education and Training (VET) is shaping the local workforce in the Hunter for the future.

Ampcontrol currently has 45 students participating in VET based roles including 31 apprentices, 13 trainees and one school based apprentice through the P-Tech Australia partnership program.

Apprentices James Ramsay (school-based), Joshua French (4th Year), James Thorley (1st Year) and Taylah Osmond (1st Year) showed Minister Lee through one of the four Tomago site workshops to talk about some of the projects they are currently working on including the design, manufacture and testing of high voltage transformers.

Following the tour, Dr Geoff Lee MP said, “It was great to meet the enthusiastic apprentices working at Ampcontrol, a fantastic company and exemplar for the Hunter region.”

As a founding partner of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter workforce development programs in the Hunter region, Ampcontrol actively participates and supports industry, education and community collaboration to provide students with pathways to STEM related qualifications and local employment opportunities.

Each year Ampcontrol offers a range of apprenticeships in the areas of engineering, technology, mechanical and manufacturing. The most recent intake attracted a record 830 applications, an increase of 138% on the previous year.

With the State Government announcement on 18 July that NSW has the highest number of new students in Australia enrolling in vocational education and training, the significant number of Ampcontrol Apprenticeship Program 2020 applicants strongly emphasises the growing interest of young people wanting to learn work-place skills and the technical knowledge required for specific industries.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research report, Government-funded students and courses 2018, showed that NSW is the only state in Australia to see an increase in VET enrolments. NSW is also the only state to increase VET student participation in regional and remote areas.

Commenting on the report, Dr Geoff Lee MP said he is pleased that more people in NSW recognise that VET student participation is a solid pathway towards a meaningful career. “Greater participation in vocational education and training means a more highly skilled workforce,” Mr Lee added.

Minister Lee also met with representatives from Regional Development Australia Hunter and NSW Training Services during his visit to Ampcontrol’s Tomago site.

To learn more about our current opportunities head to our careers page.

Ampcontrol takes part in Digitalize 2019

The World Economic Forum says that in the next two years, 70 million jobs will be displaced by robotics and artificial intelligence – but at the same time there will be a net gain of 50 million new jobs. Never before has the world seen such an upheaval and rapid change. Are you ready for this?

Ampcontrol’s COO Warwick Sommer will form part of a stellar line up of local and international panellists after recently visiting the world’s largest industrial fair, Hannover Messe in Germany. He will share his experience and learnings about the applications, solutions and benchmarks that local companies can leverage off at Digitize 2019, in the interactive breakout session, Digitalization journey: Is Australia behind the rest of the world?

For more information about this thought-provoking event focussing on smart infrastructure, embracing the fourth industrial revolution and the role of technology and digitalization in Australia’s energy transition, visit the Siemens Digitize 2019 website.

Gilghi Water Solution Receives Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Award for Innovation

On July 12, Ampcontrol was recognised for Excellence in Innovation at the 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards for their breakthrough water solution Gilghi.

Sponsored by Event Cinemas, the Excellence in Innovation category recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

The Gilghi remote water unit has been installed at Gillen Bore, approximately 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and uses advanced filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution designed and developed at Ampcontrol’s new Warners Bay, NSW facility.

Led by Ampcontrol and developed in partnership with Aurecon, Gilghi was manufactured and commissioned as a unique remote area solar water treatment unit that utlilises advanced battery technology. This in-house developed, two-way inverter and locally sourced water treatment and reverse osmosis system that is neatly packaged for delivery in a shipping container. The system offers either a 3G/4G or iridium satellite link for remote monitoring and alarming of the power system and water treatment process. With a range of configurations and a plug and play commissioning process, the Gilghi is a simple solution to a variety of applications.

As a result of this win, Ampcontrol now proceeds to the Hunter Business Awards announced in August this year. For enquiries regarding Gilghi, please contact +61 1300 267 373.

Ampcontrol Takes Out Two Prestigious Good Design Awards for Rockstarter

Ampcontrol’s Rockstarter has been awarded in two categories at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony at The Star, Sydney, on 11 July.

The Good Design Awards are Australia’s most prestigious industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country. Rockstarter received Good Design Awards for the Product Design and Engineering Design categories in recognition of its outstanding design and innovation.

“As an Australian based business that still designs and manufactures in Australia, it’s a huge honour to be selected as a winner of a Good Design accolade in not one, but two categories at this year’s awards,” said Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson.

“Our project teams worked in partnership with our customers to deliver a product that was needed in the market and aimed to solve a range of operational challenges in a single piece of groundbreaking technology.”

The Good Design Awards’ jury spent several days evaluating each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in all areas and convince the jury they are worthy of recognition.

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia, said, “Receiving a Good Design Award at this level is a significant achievement given the very high calibre of entries received this year.
“Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence, it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately improve our quality of life. These projects showcase the brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world.”

The Good Design Awards’ jury praised Rockstarter commenting, “This is clearly good design and a demonstrated innovation with the packaging of existing technologies to deliver an ‘off-the-shelf’ product with enough flexibility to challenge the more common delivery methods. A really desirable product particularly for those with a high priority for fast delivery.”

Ampcontrol’s Rockstarter is a multifunction outlet starter designed for use in underground hard rock mining as well as tunnelling and other industrial applications.

Ampcontrol Trainee Honoured As Finalist at 2019 NSW Training Awards

Ampcontrol is proud to support Vocational Education and Training and has a long-standing partnership with the P-TECH program to support Hunter River High School students.

As our School Based Trainee from the P-TECH program, James Ramsay was recently awarded as a finalist in the Trainee of the Year category at the 2019 NSW Training Awards for the Newcastle region. James joined Ampcontrol in 2018 and is currently completing Year 12, while also studying a Certificate I in Engineering at Hunter River High School as well as Certificate II in Electrotechnology at Newcastle TAFE.

Conducted annually, the NSW Training Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, and large and medium employers.

“We are very proud to have James as part of the Ampcontrol team, knowing that he has a bright future in Engineering and that we get to play a role in helping him achieve this goal,” said Learning and Development Specialist Mikhaila Halford.

Ampcontrol employs over 600 people across the Hunter region and is currently accepting applications for its 2020 Apprentice Program – head to our careers page to find out more.


Image: Paul Reynolds (left), James Ramsay (centre) and Andrew Fisher from Ampcontrol (right)