HVAC Technician

Date Posted: 17 Nov 2023

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Leverage your HVAC expertise in an intriguing environment at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.
  • Fleet transport to & from site available, within Canberra region.
  • Convenient 9-day fortnight schedule.


The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) supports ground-based spacecraft telecommunications as part of the international NASA Deep Space Network (DSN), under contractual arrangements between the NASA and CSIRO.

We have openings for two HVAC technicians as part of the Facilities team.

You will perform installation work, routine maintenance tasks, modifications and fault repair of complex antenna and building HVAC systems, as well as mentoring apprentices and managing contractors as required to fulfil external maintenance contracts.

Your duties will include:

  • Responding to faults, complaints, audits, investigations and incident reports.
  • Liaising with internal and external customers and staff including CSIRO and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) contacts.
  • Maintaining site BMS daily and responding to alarms and faults in a timely manner.
  • Completing installation and upgrading works as required.
  • Providing specialist advice to the Facilities Team Leader and relevant customer contacts on complex faults, enhancements, installations, modifications and upgrades.
  • Ensuring contractors that are onsite to support projects, installation and other activities are supervised, meeting relevant security requirements and working in accordance with all safety standards and procedures.
  • Providing supervision and mentoring of apprentice HVAC technicians.
  • Providing advice to the Facilities Team Leader regarding updating maintenance plans/schedules for all new equipment and technical specification manuals.
  • Updating and maintaining site configuration management systems to ensure currency of any new equipment and modifications.
  • Participating in Facilities Inspections as part of DSN programme and provide reports as required.
  • Updating Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) and Computerised Maintenance and Management System (CMMS) based tools to maintain and improve where possible maintenance efficiencies and reliability of systems.


Location: Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) Tidbinbilla, ACT 

Salary: AU$83,562 to AU$93,748 pa, plus Tracking Station Allowance of $123.95 per week, plus annual Antenna Allowance, plus + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite 

Reference: 94403


To be considered you will need:


  • Education/Qualifications: A Refrigeration mechanic Trade Qualification.
  • Other Certifications:  ACT Drivers Licence, White card, Working with asbestos certification, Silica-dust awareness certification.
  • 2 years’ experience working in an industrial type maintenance or operations environment.
  • Experience with BMS and PLC systems.
  • Currently hold, or have the ability to obtain within 3 months: 
    • Forklift licence, 
    • Working at Heights and Confined Spaces training, 
    • Elevated Work Platform (EWP) licence.



  • Further education qualification in a HVAC, PLC or building maintenance discipline.
  • Working knowledge of Maximo and/or SAP business management systems.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens only. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

As this site works directly with NASA and JPL, the successful applicant will be required to obtain an Export Administration Regulations (EAR) clearance/approval.  


Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 


Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 



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CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

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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

24th December 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

11:00 PM

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