Lead Electrical Engineer

Country/Region:  AU
State:  WA
City:  Perth
Job ID:  623

About Us


Fortescue is both a proud West Australian company and a global green solutions business. We are recognised for our culture, innovation and industry-leading development of infrastructure, mining assets and green energy initiatives.

Our Opportunity


Work Location - Redcliffe WA (Relocation to Perth provided)


Roster - Monday to Friday


As the Lead Electrical Engineer at Fortescue Energy,  you will lead a team of talented engineers in the development and implementation of electrical systems for locomotives. You will be responsible for designing, testing, and optimizing electrical systems, ensuring they meet industry standards for safety, efficiency, and reliability. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects that contribute to the evolution of the locomotive industry.

Join us in shaping the future of rail heavy haulage and making a meaningful impact on the world. Your expertise could be the driving force behind our continued success. Apply today!

Key Responsibilities



  • Lead a team of electrical engineers in the design, development, and testing of electrical systems for locomotives.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate electrical systems with mechanical and software components.
  • Ensure compliance with industry regulations, safety standards, and quality requirements.
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance in resolving complex electrical engineering challenges.
  • Oversee the selection of components, materials, and suppliers for electrical systems.
  • Conduct thorough testing and validation of electrical systems to ensure optimal performance.
  • Participate in project planning, budgeting, and scheduling activities.
  • Mentor and coach junior engineers, fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Participate in specific detail design reviews and evaluations including technical safety reviews of design, DFMEA, FFMEA, HAZID, HAZOP, LOPA, QRA, risk analysis.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in the rail industry – essential
  • Bachelor’s degree of Electrical Engineering essential
  • Experience in systems engineering in a product development environment is essential.
  • Experience in overseeing EPC design activities and delivering large projects.
  • Experience in engineering, design and selection of electrical equipment, with emphasis on critical electrical components, and hazardous area classification methods and protection techniques. Some experience with owner/operator is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role, preferably in a large and complex project.
  • Knowledge of interpretation and review process of electrical systems in locomotives and rail applications is highly desirable.
  • General knowledge of data analysis and modelling of electrical network.
  • General understanding of existing and emerging technologies for energy storage systems, fuel cells, etc. preferred.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy in engineering software (e.g. PowerFactory, ETAP and PSCAD or similar).
  • Strong leadership skills and experience in leading direct and indirect reports.
  • Knowledge of Australian and international codes, standards and industry specifications


Why Join Us:

  • Opportunity to work on groundbreaking projects in rail
  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Career growth and development opportunities within a forward-thinking organization.
  • Collaborative and innovative work environment.
  • Commitment to sustainability and environmentally responsible solutions.

Our Commitment


Fortescue is deeply committed to providing a safe culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, and values diversity. We celebrate individual strengths and team members from all backgrounds are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. Our global workforce drives and promotes an inclusive culture, both within our organisation and throughout the communities we interact with across the world. Diverse backgrounds include First Nations Peoples, people with differing abilities, LGBTIQ+ community, gender, neurodiverse, cultural diversity, all age groups, and those with an intersectional or multiple diverse characteristics. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.




Internal Candidates / Current Contractors please apply via Success Factors Careers Portal. For further information on how to apply please visit the Fortescue Hub. 


Fortescue reserves the right to close applications early should a suitable pool of candidates be identified. Fortescue will never contact you to ask for payment of any kind, whether directly or through a third party.