Power Control Engineers Pty Ltd (PCE) is an electrical design, consulting and project management company specialising in electrical power systems.
We have over 200 years of combined electrical engineering experience and pride ourselves on providing practical power engineering solutions; delivering excellence and value to our clients.
PCE was founded in Newcastle in 2003 by Ken Bode, with a focus on servicing local heavy industry. Initially, the company providing electrical engineering services to the two aluminium smelters in the Hunter Valley; being Tomago Aluminium Company and Hydro Aluminium in Kurri Kurri.
In 2006, as local demand for electrical engineering services increased, particularly in the Hunter Valley, PCE took on a number of senior engineers and began to expand it's service offering. Today, we have a permanent presence in Melbourne and Perth, servicing a range of clients and industries throughout Australia including primary metals, port, mining, rail, manufacturing, water, energy, construction and local government.
'We are industry-based electrical engineers providing practical power solutions; rolling up our sleeves since 2003'
Bryce Parker – General Manager
Bryce has worked in the electrical field for over 17 years - across engineering services, original equipment manufacture (OEM) and defence aerospace sectors - He has formal electrical trade, engineering, functional safety and business management qualifications; with demonstrated ability in business development, operations and engineering management.
Don Carbarns – Lead Electrical Engineer
Don is a chartered electrical engineer with over twenty-five years of electrical engineering experience across a number of different industries. He has been a practicing electrical engineer since graduating from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa in 1979. During this period he has worked in engineering and management positions in a number of organisations in South Africa, the UK and Australia.
Don joined Power Control Engineers (PCE) in 2010 as a lead Electrical engineer. For eight years prior to this, he was employed by WorleyParsons in Newcastle as a senior electrical engineer. Most of this period was spent at the Hunter’s two Aluminium smelters, first at Tomago and then at Hydro Aluminium.
Mark Second – Lead Electrical Engineer
Mark is a chartered electrical engineer with over thirty years of engineering experience in the power generation, coal, water, chemical and petroleum industries. Since 2008 he has been a co-director and senior electrical design / project engineer with PCE. Presently he holds NER and RPEQ registrations and provides company signoff responsibility for engineering designs when required.
Past experience has included industrial automation and instrumentation design, electrical design and commissioning supervision, industrial process control software analysis and development; PLC/SCADA configuration and system commissioning; power system analysis and studies; switchgear installations; protection scheme design; motor control applications for medium and low voltages; hazardous area evaluations and design; earthing analysis and design and Australian Standards compliance audits.
Leonie McNeill – Senior Electrical Engineer
Leonie is a Senior Electrical Engineer with Power Control Engineers and has over ten years of engineering experience in the industrial, utility and mining sectors.
Her experience has included power system analysis and studies (PTW, ETAP and Paladin DesignBase); protection studies and settings; secondary detailed design; industrial automation design and PLC/SCADA configuration and system commissioning.
Justin Barbour – Senior Electrical Engineer
Justin has over ten years of engineering experience in the industrial, utility and mining sectors. Since 2007 he has been an electrical design / project engineer with PCE, where he has worked in onsite project management of large industrial projects; electrical design and commissioning supervision. Justin's skills include; construction management, forecasting, project cost estimation and budgeting; co-ordination & liaison with client and stakeholder representatives; sub consultants and subcontractor management and supervision; earthing and lightning protection studies; network upgrade design; industrial automation design including SCADA & PLC configuration and commissioning; Australian Standards compliance audits and lighting design.
Paul O'Donohue – Senior Electrical Engineer
Paul has over thirty five years of maintenance/engineering experience in the primary metals (Aluminium), electrical power, coal, materials crushing/handling and steel making industries.
He offers a wider range of electrical expertise and management skills necessary to support our customer's engineering and project requirements; gained from ‘on-site’ management and supervision of materials handling plant, high voltage reticulation systems, power systems protection, transformer maintenance and overhauls, as well as HV switchgear upgrade and replacement projects.
Graham Boucher – Senior Electrical Engineer
Graham offers a wide range of skills and expertise that enables him to support a customer's engineering and project needs and currently has over thirty five years of work experience which includes High Voltage Power System Projects within Power Utility Companies, Mining Companies and Specialist Electrical Companies and Control and Instrumentation Projects across the Mining Industry.
Graham has a strong technical background in High Voltage Power Reticulation both in Transmission and Distribution systems, HV Power System Protection Schemes, HV Specialist Electrical Testing and Analysis, HV Equipment Manufacture and a sound technical background in Low Voltage Power systems and Control & Instrumentation systems.
Andrew Pilarski – Senior Electrical Engineer
Andrew has over ten years of engineering experience in the industrial, utility and mining sectors. Since 2015 he has been an electrical design / project engineer with PCE, where his experience has been in HV and LV upgrades, protection studies, control system design and onsite project management and commissioning of large industrial projects.
Prior to this, Andrew has worked extensively in the primary metals (aluminium) sector as an electrical engineer where his experience has been technical support to plant staff and major projects, development of effective maintenance strategies, power system modelling, arc flash assessments, project management, contractor supervision and electrical safety.
Alex Murray – Electrical Engineer
Alex has over five years of engineering experience in the industrial, utility and mining sectors. Since 2010 he has been an electrical engineer with PCE, where his experience has been in automation systems, electrical design, and site testing. This has included: industrial process control software analysis and development; PLC programming/configuration; protection schemes; Level 3 design, earthing design and Australian Standards compliance audits. This work has been conducted in the fields of mining, power distribution, water, mining and general industry. Alex offers an extensive range of experience and expertise required to meet our customer's engineering needs.
Prior to this Alex has worked for an electrical engineering consultancy company focused on large electrical machines. Projects involved site testing both online and offline, repair audits / supervision, and condition monitoring.
Tom Parkinson – Electrical Engineer
Tom is an Electrical Engineer at Power Control Engineers and has over 9 years of experience in heavy industry. Since 2017 he has been an electrical design engineer with PCE, where his experience has been in electrical design, auditing and commissioning; power system studies; earthing design.
Fields of experience include underground coal, bulk materials handling, power generation and distribution, water and mining.
Mark Cornally – CAD Designer
Mark is an electrician by trade with over 20 years of industry experience. Mark’s experience includes projects in Water / Waste Water, Heavy Industry including Rail, Coal Mines and Power Stations. Mark has contributed in all stages from design through to commissioning. Mark is experienced in Power Distribution & Control, Automation & Instrumentation.
Mark offers a wide range of skills and expertise necessary to support our customer's engineering needs.
Nic Sain – Undergraduate Electrical Engineer