There are many pathways to a career in Australia’s battery industries

To create a diversified battery sector requires a skilled workforce of:

  • university graduates, tradespeople and VET-trained operators to support the materials, refining and active materials processes and the deployment of batteries in transport and storage settings
  • highly skilled technical experts, with backgrounds in industrial chemistry and engineering, to support the electrochemical processes in refining, active materials and cell and battery manufacture and testing.

As Australia grows its battery industries through to 2030, the workforce could grow from 6000 jobs to around 34,700 jobs. Around 8,000 of these new jobs will require a university education and the remainder will be mainly VET-trained personnel.

University pathways

Our eight partner universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in industrial chemistry and engineering:

Battery-related courses for professional engineers are available through Engineers’ Australia.

Vocational education and training

Australian TAFEs, such as our associate participant South Metropolitan TAFE, and other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) offer courses from relevant national Training Packages such as:

VET units to support qualified electrical trades people doing battery installations include:

  • UEERE4001 Install, maintain and fault find battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic systems
  • UEERE5001 Design battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic systems.