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Industrial Electrician - Automation And Control

CSIRO - Narrabri, NSW

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The Opportunity

  • Join a thriving and friendly rural community
  • Work in a world-leading radio-astronomy research facility
  • Contribute to changes & improvements to observatory systems & instrumentation
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) manages CSIRO’s world-class facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking, is internationally renowned for its radio astronomy research and engineering expertise and is helping to shape the (SKA). CSIRO’s radio astronomy observatories are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) and comprise radio telescopes at three observatories near the towns of Parkes, Coonabarabran and Narrabri in NSW, and the next-generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia.

As an Industrial Electrician on our team, you will be part of the ATNF Operations Program to support Observatory Operations at Parkes and Narrabri in NSW. You will support other engineering maintenance staff and focus on the design and implementation of engineering changes and improvements to observatory systems and instrumentation. There is scope for you to develop your career and be involved in specialisation work, as well as cross-site work with other ATNF sites in NSW and WA.

This is an opportunity to combine the advantages of a rural lifestyle with a role that presents unique challenges at a prime science and technology research facility. Narrabri rests on the banks of the Namoi River and offers great amenities such as sporting and social clubs, a variety of shops, restaurants and leisure options. Only a two-hour drive to Tamworth (the area’s major regional centre and home to Australia’s largest Country Music Festival), the town is also well connected to Sydney by air and rail and Brisbane by air.

Your duties will include:
  • Assisting in the maintenance and operation of a range of electromechanical, servo drive systems and instrumentation for the control and monitoring of the Parkes and Narrabri Telescopes.
  • Designing and developing improvements to ensure high levels of system reliability and enhanced performance across a broad range of electrical, mechanical and electronic systems.
  • Managing Observatory technical drawings and documentation.
  • Designing, developing and adapting experimental methods and systems, software and/or user experience, requiring high levels of initiative, ingenuity and skills (some of which are outside a single discipline).
Location: Narrabri, NSW

Salary: AU$98k - AU$106k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite - Full time, part-time or job-share arrangements can be negotiated

Reference: 72451

To be considered you will need:
  • NSW Electrical License (or ability to obtain one if from another state) and 10 years post trade experience.
  • A diploma or degree in electrical, instrumentation or electronic engineering or equivalent relevant professional experience.
  • A valid Class ‘C’ driver’s licence.
  • In-depth professional engineering experience with the operation and maintenance of a broad range of electromechanical and electronic systems (please view the position description below for more detail).
  • Experience with fault-finding and repair of complex industrial control systems including both relay control logic and PLC based systems.
  • Experience in the design and commissioning of industrial automation and control systems.
  • A high level of computer literacy including the ability to design in a CAD environment.
  • To be able to travel regularly and stay at other sites for up to one week at a time.
For full details about this role please review the .


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

10th May 2021, 11:00pm AEST