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Cadet Network Project Officer program

Our Cadet Network Project Officer (NPO) Program is focussed on developing dynamic and high performing teams with a focus on project management and electrical engineering principles. 

This program is a unique full-time employment opportunity, offering work/life balance and diversity in a dynamic and secure industry. As a cadet NPO you will obtain a nationally recognised qualification, whilst developing on-the-job skills and experience in a supportive environment. Our cadets undertake training externally, in our dedicated training centre and across a number of dedicated locations; delivered by subject matter experts.

Cadet NPO positions are available across a number of our greater metropolitan sites, rotating through both our Network (external customer facing) and Field Services Teams.

How to apply

When applications open, they will be advertised on our Current Vacancy page and may only be open for a few weeks. Applications must be made online through the links provided. We encourage you to register your interest in advance so we can contact you once applications open.



All applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • have successfully completed Year 12 (with a preference towards Maths, Physics and English)
  • hold a current Australian drivers licence (full or probationary).

Previous experience in customer service will also be viewed favourably.  

We also encourage applications from candidates who have completed a Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Shortlisted applicants must also be prepared to participate in the following:

  • aptitude test
  • online interview
  • police check
  • be willing to undergo a medical (including drug and alcohol test).

Frequently asked questions

NPOs are responsible for leading new connections, relocations and extensions of the distribution network. They also liaise with both external customers and internal stakeholders, carrying out scoping and estimating functions to ensure reliability of the distribution network.

Subject to requirements, cadet recruitment will occur once per year, usually between August and September, ready for opportunities to commence in January the following year.

Applications for the Cadet Program must be made online and will only be accepted during the advertising period.

When positions are advertised, you will be required to apply online via the Current Vacancies page.

The Cadet Program is run across a number of greater metropolitan locations. As such, there is no requirement to choose a location when you apply.

Throughout the program, each cadet will be able to experience at least 4 locations across greater metropolitan Adelaide. These rotations form part of the Cadet Program, so please be aware that you will have to travel to different locations while taking part in the program.

The duration of the Cadet Program is up to 3 years. Depending on the cadets progress and ability to complete external studies, this may be shortened to support permanent placement outside of the program.

All successful cadets are employed under a permanent, full-time employment contract. Cadets must successfully complete a number of rotations and their external studies to be eligible for internal employment outside of the program.

We encourage all applications, SA Power Networks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Yes – Cadets are required to have at a minimum, successful completion of Year 12. Areas of Maths, English and Physics will be looked upon favourably.

Cadets are not required to have a tertiary qualification to apply, however, we encourage applications from those who have completed a Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

If you have not successfully completed Year 12, but believe you have equivalent experience and/or qualifications, we encourage you to apply as we will perform a detailed review of all applications.

Yes – the business will have dedicated roles to support cadets throughout their journey. Local leaders and subject matter experts (SME) will also play key roles in supporting cadets.

There are several options available to cadets, depending on previous skills, experience and education. All options have a focus on Electrical Engineering Principles and/or Project Management, with a minimum qualification at diploma level.

Depending on skills, experience and education, cadets can enter full-time employment in a range from approximately $68,000 to $80,000 per annum (plus superannuation).This will be confirmed at the time of offer.

While undertaking your qualification, SA Power Networks will support cadets in completing their studies for up to 1 day per week. Cadets will then be expected to complete any other requirements in their own time.   

Please note that during holiday periods from external study, cadets will be required to attend work 5 days per week.

Yes – SA Power Networks will cover the tuition fees of the external qualifications (as agreed at the time of your employment offer) and provide support both at enrolment and ongoing.

The Cadet Program opens several opportunities and development pathways which are based on Electrical Engineering Principles and/or Project Management. 

Following successful completion of the program, cadets will be suitable for NPO and Powerline Design positions (as a minimum).

Step 1 - Online application 

You are required to submit an application that addresses a series of questions to support your application and you may be asked to upload evidence for specific criteria.

Step 2 - Aptitude assessment 

Cognitive Ability Test and Mechanical Reasoning.

Step 3 - Interviews 

You may be required to complete a short online interview to show us how you would be a great fit for SA Power Networks.

This step could also involve a face to face interview where you are provided the opportunity to learn more about SA Power Networks and the Cadet Program.

Step 4 – Pre-employment background checks 

Complete a full medical assessment, including a drug and alcohol assessment, along with a National Police Clearance. Reference checks may be required.

You will be provided further information and instructions at each stage if you are successful.  

Address your cover letter to the 'Recruitment Team'.

Your application will be viewed by members of our HR team as well as relevant hiring managers.

Where appropriate, it is recommended that your referee be your current supervisor. For previous positions or employment, your referee should be a supervisor or someone who can comment on your work performance.

If you have not previously held a job, you can use a sporting coach, educator or a community group leader.

No personal referees will be accepted. It is also recommended that you advise a referee before you apply for a position. Your referee contact/s must be current.


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