Michael Martin


Michael Martin is a mechanical engineer who commenced his professional career in project management six years ago, and shifted into a more technical capacity in resource and power consulting in the last four. The power of water drew him to hydro turbines, and he has been working on improvement, modelling and remediation activities on various size machines since. If a hydro turbine is dewatered for maintenance, you'll be certain to find Mike reviewing the controls, in the turbine or working a spreadsheet to squeeze some extra performance and run time out of the machine.


Michael spends the majority of his time supporting Sydney Water's Renewable Energy Generation (REG) assets. He ensures the performance and technical integrity that Sydney Water expects is upheld. This includes performance analysis and reporting, quality management,  and review and delivery of improvement projects. Michael also deals with the technical challenges that come with sustaining ageing assets.


Borrowing from the experiences with Sydney Water's diverse renewable asset portfolio, Michael contributes to Stark Engineering Consulting's capability to deliver a whole-of-life cycle cogeneration plant service, a unique facility in the small industry.


Prior to joining Stark Engineering Consulting, Michael worked for WorleyParsons where he spent 3 years in a range of consulting spaces including resource assessments, greenfield copper processing facilities, independent engineering assessments, unconventional boiler feed systems, cogeneration facilities and hydro turbines. Prior to joining WorleyParsons he worked with the department of defence, working in a technical capacity for the procurement of new equipment for the Royal Australian Navy.

Michael has obtained a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as Finance from the University of Sydney.



Michael's expertise spans the theoretical and the practical, including:

  • Front End Engineering and Design

  • Rotating equipment

  • Materials handling

  • Gas handling and conditioning

  • Control systems and instrumentation

  • On-hands commissioning and commissioning management

  • Technical due diligence

  • Performance analysis, including economic modelling

  • Project management, budgeting and reporting


May 2016, "Prospect Mini Hydro: Remediation through stakeholder engagement and root cause analysis", First author, OzWater Conference 2016, Melbourne.

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