2017 a year to remember

GROWTH: Ampcontrol welcomes their 2018 apprentices, with 20 new recruits to join the business next year.
GROWTH: Ampcontrol welcomes their 2018 apprentices, with 20 new recruits to join the business next year.

Established in 1968, Ampcontrol has been a part of the local business landscape for nearly 50 years. Specialising in solving technical challenges across the mining, tunnelling and heavy industry markets, Ampcontrol provides unique employment opportunities for skilled tradespeople, engineers and professionals.

With a local footprint reaching across Tomago, Thornton, Cameron Park and Warabrook, Ampcontrol employs more than 350 people in the region.

This year has seen the business expand its reach into new markets, taking their vision for innovation to countries such as Mongolia and Turkey.

Hunter sites have led the way in engineering and manufacturing specialist electrical and electronic equipment for some of the biggest projects in Australia and abroad, including supplying product to the world’s largest copper mine in Mongolia and Tunnel Boring Machine in Hong Kong.

On the home front, they delivered the electrical infrastructure to Sydney’s Westconnex project as well as continuing to service the Hunter and National resources, energy and infrastructure markets.

2017 also resulted in a win at the Hunter Manufacturing Awards Excellence of the Product Design Award for their VoiceCom Phone, an essential piece of underground communication equipment.

Designed and manufactured in the Hunter, the VoiceCom Phone is a great example of Ampcontrol’s leadership in engineering, product design and manufacturing in the Hunter.

The Hunter business continued to grow and expand its capabilities by acquiring a specialist testing business in Warabrook, along with securing the ongoing independence of Australia’s only non-government explosion protected equipment test lab and certifying facility, ExTC.  

Recognising the importance of these skills to the ongoing future of engineering and advanced manufacturing, the firm continuedits support of STEM programs in local high schools.

In 2018, Ampcontrol will partner with Hunter River High School in Raymond Terrace as part of the Federal Government’s P-Tech Program. This will see students undertake official work placement at Ampcontrol while completing a schools based training program.

The business is growing its skill base for the future with 20 new apprentices, trainees and graduates joining the business in 2018.

Apprenticeships and traineeships have been offered across mechanical, electrical, fabrication and stores trades as well as three graduate engineers who will rotate across different parts of the business.  

2018, marks the 50th birthday of Ampcontrol and looks set to be yet another  big year for this Hunter business.