Oliver Ridler

Oliver Ridler

Who am I


What gets me going

I enjoy the challenge of developing a product that is at the leading edge of technology. It is immensely rewarding to meet Cochlear implant recipients and hear the stories of how the product has transformed their lives.

Why I'm excited to be an engineer

Being an engineer at Cochlear is very rewarding. Cochlear develops a world leading high technology product, that brings hearing to the profoundly deaf. It is great to innovate in a field that is clearly beneficial to mankind.

Current Employer and position

Manager Externals Electrical Group at Cochlear Ltd.

How I got there

After graduating with an electrical engineering degree from Sydney University in 1995, I started my career in the Australian company JNA Telecommunications which was a breeding ground for many fine engineers. I worked in engineering roles in Fujitsu, Lucent and Agere, moving up to the team leader position and have recently made the move into the medical field by joining Cochlear in 2007 as the externals electrical group manager.

What else do I do

Tennis, cycling (pedal and motorised), hiking, radio control aircraft, church activities and spending time with my wife and two kids.

What I wanted to do when I was younger

Throughout high school I had no doubt that I wanted to be an electrical engineer. Electrical engineering provides the opportunity to channel your creativity into something useful and interesting.



  • Australian Constructors Association
  • Cochlear
  • Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
  • Leighton Holdings Limited
  • Resmed
  • Thales
  • ARUP
  • KBR