As an Energy Centre trainee at Fonterra's Te Rapa site, my role is incredibly varied, spanning treated water, steam generation, electricity, refrigeration, and compressed air to maintain site operations. One project I'm proud of is optimizing the energy efficiency of our utilities, contributing to sustainability goals while keeping the production plant running smoothly.
After completing my four-year Level 4 mechanical engineering apprenticeship, I returned to Fonterra as a mechanical engineer. The graduate program presented an opportunity to transition into the Energy Centre through a traineeship. Undertaking my Energy Chemical Processing certificate as part of the program has deepened my understanding of operating an energy plant, providing a solid foundation for my current role.
One delightful surprise has been the extent of support and perks Fonterra provides its staff. From well-structured shift patterns fostering a healthy work/life balance to comprehensive training and certifications at no cost, Fonterra truly values its employees. The diversity of experienced professionals I get to work with daily has also been a positive surprise.
My goal is to continue advancing within Fonterra, taking on more responsibilities in energy management and sustainability initiatives. I'm keen on furthering my expertise in cutting-edge technologies within the energy sector. Fonterra offers numerous learning pathways, and I'm excited to explore those avenues for professional growth.