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About Us

O’Brien Electrical Engineering & Contractors Ballarat was founded as Jenkins Electrics Pty Ltd by Paul Jenkins in 1961 serving Ballarat and surrounding suburbs. Expanding into the field of industrial automation and the introduction of Programmable Logic Controllers into industrial control systems, the business continued to grow.

In 2005, Jenkins Electrics was invited to join the Laser Group due to our extensive experience and respected status in the electrical industry. Due to Laser’s superior systems, tools and business support, Jenkins Electrics accepted the opportunity to further grow the business in other sectors of the electrical market.

Since then, trading as Laser Electrical Ballarat, we have continued to grow as a leading electrical contracting business and have also expanded to include our own electrical engineering department to be able to offer complete automation solutions to our clients.

Taking over in 2013, Zane Conroy, Brad Bright and Tony Rowe became the new directors of Laser Electrical Ballarat and continue to grow and expand the business’s capabilities.

Laser Group was acquired by O’Brien Glass Industries in 2019, which opened a new window of opportunity for our business to continually grow and prosper in the industry. We then proudly joined the prestigious network of reputable electrical contractors of O’Brien, rebranding to O’Brien Electrical Engineering & Contractors Ballarat.

Need an expert electrician? Contact O’Brien Electrical Engineering & Contractors Ballarat today!

Call us (03) 4333 6900


Accreditations

Australian Refrigeration Council

  • ArcTick – AU20969

Accreditation

  • CMSE® Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TUV Nord)
  • Ecosmart Electricians
  • PV (Solar Power) Design & Install
  • Hazardous Area Electrical Design
  • Hazardous Area Electrical Installation
  • High Voltage
  • Schneider Certified System Integrator
  • Schneider Electric EcoXpert – Energy Advisor
  • Schneider Electric Ecostruxure Plant Certified Engineers
  • Schneider Electric CitectSCADA Certified Professionals
  • Tesla Certified Installer

Membership

  • NECA (National Electrical & Communications Association) (VIC # 416)
  • The Institute of Engineers Australia
  • National Engineering Register (NER)
  • Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ)

Registered Electrical Contractor

  • Victoria – REC 13219
  • New South Wales – Lic No. 116316C
  • South Australia – Lic No. PGE 274111
  • Queensland – Lic No. 67252
  • Tasmania – Lic No. A07928
  • Northern Territory – Lic No. C2246


Our Suppliers

O’Brien Electrical Engineering & Contractors Ballarat has worked with many suppliers and businesses. Here are just a few of valued suppliers:


Community Support

O’Brien Electrical Engineering & Contractors Ballarat sponsor many varied community and sporting organisations in and around Ballarat.

Since 2011, we have conducted two major fundraiser events which have raised a total of $22,000 for MS Ballarat and the Patient Wellbeing Fund at the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC).

We have also supported the following in cash, product and/or services:

  • World Skills Competition
  • VET in Schools Awards (Highlands LLEN)
  • Buninyong Good Life Festival
  • Ballarat Polo Crosse Club
  • Smeaton Bowls Club (LED lighting upgrade)
  • Ballarat Harness Racing
  • Woady Yaloak Primary School
  • Rangers Soccer light towers
  • Cops for Kids Rides
  • Multiple league teams in Football & Netball

Our staff members also volunteer their personal time to support:

  • Regional and National World Skills Competition competitors
  • Job & Skills Drive 2013, Structured Workplace Learning Program and VET in Schools Awards (Highlands LLEN)
  • Careers Expos and Secondary College Careers Info Sessions
  • Buninyong Good Life Festival Committee

Our Work

O’Brien Electrical Engineering and Contractors Ballarat has worked with many local organisations and businesses. Here are just a few of our valued clients.

Werribee Water Treatment Plant – Tedra
  • Installation of 22kv mains
  • Installation of 2x 22kv – 415v transformers
  • Installation of 22kv switchgear
  • Installation of all mains and sub mains
  • Installation of LV motor control centres
  • Installation of fibreglass cable trays andconduit
  • Cabling to all motors and instruments
  • Testing of all motors and instruments
  • Installation of optic fibre for PLC networks andCCTV
  • Installation of cathodic protection for pipeworkand tanks
  • Installation of lightning protection system
  • Assist with commission of entire plant
AusWest Timbers – Dean Mill WA
  • Installation of Category rated safety system forapproximately 200 motors
Laucke Flour Mills – New Flour Mill, Bridgewater on Loddon, VIC
  • Design, construction and installation of new3000amp main switchboard
  • Design, Supply and installation of PLC controlpanel
  • Design, programming and implementation of PLC and SCADA systems to control the new flour mill
  • Installation of new consumers mains
  • Installation of new sub-mains to Load Centres andDB boards
  • Design and Installation of cable trays throughout the building x 5 levels
  • Installation of power and control wiring for approx. 240 motors
  • Supply and installation of approx. 220 sensors
  • Installation of general light and power
  • Supply and installation of Kaeser Compressor
  • Supply and installation of pneumatic ring main and final pneumatic distribution
  • 16 electricians on site
  • Maintenance and support
  • Testing and Commissioning
Tenix Alliance / Central Highlands Water – Waste Water Reuse Plant
  • Installation of all power and instrumentation wiring
  • Installation of Cable trays and steel conduits
  • Installation of underground sub-mains
  • Testing & Commissioning of project
Veolia Water – LGL Ballarat Goldfields Water Treatment Plant
  • Installation of underground sub-mains
  • Installation of below slab conduits for fieldwiring
  • Installation of all power and instrumentation wiring
  • Installation of general light and power
  • Installation of grading earths
  • Supply and installation of pneumaticdistribution
  • Supply and installation of Chemical fill point control panels
  • Testing and commissioning
Botanical Resources Australia (Ballarat Pelletising Plant)
  • Electrical design and automation for pelletising plant
  • Pelletising Plant Automation design and installation
Botanical Resources Australia (Ulverstone Pelletising Plant)
  • Pelletising Plant Automation Upgrade
  • Pelletising Plant Electrical Upgrade
  • Wire-in additional pellet press
  • Electrical maintenance
  • Electrical installation work for harvester washdown bay
Tenix Alliance – Joe White Maltings Water Treatment Plant
  • Installation of all power and instrumentation wiring
  • Installation of Cable trays and steel conduits
  • Installation of underground sub-mains
  • Testing & Commissioning of project
Eclipse Ford – Ballarat
  • New showroom and offices general light, power and data
  • Energy-efficient lighting upgrade
  • Service and maintenance
Satake Australia – Australasia
  • Design, programming and implementation of PLC and SCADA systems to control various plants across Australasia
  • Electrical design and upgrade to existing plants
  • Design and construction of New Motor Control Centres to suit each plant
  • Electrical installation works for all new motors and control devices
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Supervision and training of plant staff
Powercor Network Services – Waubra Terminal Station
  • HV Operations
  • 24hr First Response for faults or breakdowns
  • Weekly / Monthly Site Inspections
LGL Ballarat Goldfields – Elsworth Street (66Kv Sub Station)
  • Installation of all structural steel
  • Installation of earth grid and copper bar earthing throughout station
  • Installation of main 66 – 11Kv Transformer
  • Installation of station services 11Kv-415v Transformer
  • Installation of 11Kv Power Factor Correction Unit
  • Installation of Schneider Electric 11Kv Circuit Breaker Switchboard
  • Installation of all Control / Protection Wiring
  • 66Kv Aerial Conductors
  • X&Y Protection Control Wiring
  • Installation of 66Kv Circuit Breaker
  • Installation of 66Kv Rotary Isolator
  • HV Commissioning & Testing
Saizeriya Australia Pty Ltd – Melton Plant Upgrade
  • Installation of all power and instrumentation wiring
  • Installation of Cable trays and steel conduits
  • Installation and termination of all sub-mains as requested
  • Testing & Commissioning of Project
  • In recognition of Laser Electrical Ballarat efforts for being on time and under budget, the CEO and Board of Directors in Japan sent Laser Electrical Ballarat a personal thankyou and presented a glass plaque.
Woods Grain Pty Ltd- Goondiwindi
  • Design, programming and implementation of PLC and SCADA systems to control the splitting and stock feed plants
  • Supply and installation of 3 x Kaeser Compressor units
  • Supply and installation of pneumatic ring main and final pneumatic distribution
  • Design and construction of new motor control centre incorporating 270 motors
  • Supply and installation of power and control wiring
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Ongoing Maintenance
SMC Specialized Mining Services – Golden Point Shaft Construction
  • General electrical start-up of generators and electrical safety checks of all electrical equipment
  • Site Establishment and installations
  • General shaft maintenance and repairs
  • 24/7 emergency breakdown
Unigrain – Smeaton (Oat Mill Construction)
  • Design, construction and installation of new 2000amp main switchboard
  • Design, programming and implementation of PLC and SCADA systems to control the oat packing lines
  • Installation of new consumers mains
  • Installation of new sub-mains to Rolled Oat Mill
  • Installation of cable trays throughout the building
  • Installation of power and control wiring for 155 motors
  • Instrumentation wiring
  • Installation of general light and power
  • Supply and installation of Kaeser Compressor
  • Supply and installation of pneumatic ring main and final pneumatic distribution
  • Design, Supply and installation of outload control panel
  • Fire Detection System
  • 22 electricians on site
  • Maintenance and support
  • Testing and Commissioning
Findlay Engineering – KR Castlemaine Product Conveyors
  • Supply and installation of 5 x MCC Panels for control of product conveyors in various areas of the plant
  • Supply and installation of power and control wiring and supports to site specifications
  • Supply and installation of Allen Bradley PLC’s and programming
  • Design, commissioning and as built drawings
Austral Bricks – Wollert Factory Upgrade
  • Supply and installation of 22kV cable to three new kiosk substations
  • Supply and installation of LV mains from each kiosk – 3200A each
  • Supply and installation of power and control wiring for fine clay storage bins
Gekko Systems
  • Electrical and Electrical Engineer labour-hire to factory and onsite nationally and internationally
  • Supply and installation of LV distribution and MCCs
  • Electrical installations for the new factory
  • Gekko supplier of the year 2010
VicTrack / Abigroup (Bombardier Rail Maintenance Facility) – Ballarat
  • Upgrade site power
  • Installation of New MSB
  • Installation of 7 New light & power Distribution Boards
  • Installation of PA System, Phone, Data, General Light and Power
  • Install Cable Tray throughout building
  • Install Automated Lighting System
  • Design and construct signalling control panels
Hazeldenes (Bendigo, VIC) – FairBrothers
  • Extension to High Voltage reticulation
  • Establishment of new open type sub-station including excavation and concreting
  • Design and construct 7 new motor control centres
  • Installation of power and control wiring to 120 motors
  • Design and implementation of plant safety systems
LGL Ballarat Goldfields
  • Stage One, Two & Three Processing Plant
  • Installation of HV Cable and 11Kv Kiosk Sub Station
  • Installation of Earth Grid
  • HV Commissioning
  • Device net cabling and remote I/O control wiring
  • Supply & Installation of all cable tray, power and control wiring throughout plant
  • Establishment of switch room including PLC, VSD’s and Soft Starters
  • Low Voltage Distribution
  • Dayshift & nightshift general maintenance
  • Commissioning of project
  • NECA Award Finalist 1999
Sampson Grain – Albany, W.A
  • New 18,000T grain storage facility
  • Supply and installation of low voltage distributions
  • Supply and installation of MCC including soft starters, VSD’s, PLC, SCADA, and modem for remote diagnostics/monitoring
  • Field wiring to 45 motors, diverter boxes, slide gates, and paddle switches
  • Supply of silo humidity probes and weather monitoring station
BHP Billiton Olympic Dam SA
  • Major smelter shut down
  • Supply and installation of new cable tray from the substation to waste heat boiler
  • 10 electricians on site
  • Supply and installation of power and control wiring for the automated sliding door on the waste heat boiler
  • Design, construction and installation of sliding door control panel
  • Testing and Commissioning

Meet the team

Zane Conroy

Director

Zane Conroy

Has over 10 years experience with the business, predominantly in a senior leadership role.

Brad Bright

Director

Brad Bright

Started with the organisation as an apprentice and eventually became an owner of the business.

Tony Rowe

Director

Tony Rowe

Leads the electrical engineering division as senior engineer and has over 20 years experience in industrial automation.

Who we've worked with

Melbourne Water
Auswest Timbers
Laucke
Tenix
Veolia Water
Botanical Resources
Ford Ballarat
Satake
Powercor Network Services
LGL
Saizeriya Restorante & Cafe
Woods Grain
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  • Cook tops or oven doors
  • Refrigerator glass
  • Light and lamp shades
  • Spectacle repairs
  • Phone or tablet screens
  • Curved glass or tanks
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