Industrial Electrician

Date Posted: 4 Mar 2024
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Location: Geraldton, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Combine the advantages of an ocean-side lifestyle in a role working with leading-edge technology 
  • Leverage your electrical expertise to make a difference in radio astronomy
  • Join CSIRO's Space and Astronomy business unit and contribute to world-class initiatives


We are seeking an Industrial Electrician to be part of a skilled engineering team that supports the operation of the ASKAP radio telescope. You will work under broad supervision to assist in the maintenance, operation and upgrade of a wide range of electrical systems at the observatory. The role includes participating in planning, fault finding, repair, testing and installation work.

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary engineering team located on our Geraldton site, with regular visits to the observatory in the Murchison (located approximately 350km inland from Geraldton). 


Space and Astronomy (S&A) manages CSIRO’s world-class facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking. We are internationally renowned for our radio astronomy research and engineering expertise, and closely engaged with construction of the SKA, a €2 billion international project in radio astronomy sited jointly in Western Australia and South Africa. The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) is CSIRO’s newest radio telescope, which S&A operates together with three observatories in NSW near the towns of Parkes, Narrabri and Coonabarabran.


Your duties will include:

  • Working within a small multi-disciplinary team, sharing your knowledge and skills with other staff, to maintain the observatory electrical and electronic systems to the highest levels of availability required for telescope operations.
  • Applying your knowledge and experience, working under limited direction, to undertake routine maintenance, repairs and upgrades across a range of electrical systems that include:
    • electrical distribution switchboards and power reticulation (up to 415V),
    • extensive system of servers and other electronics in water-cooled cabinets,
    • antenna drive systems including DC and AC motors,
    • air conditioning and refrigeration plant & equipment.
  • Traveling frequently to the remote site of the ASKAP radio telescope, some 350km northeast of Geraldton.
  • Actively contributing to written and online documentation associated with equipment repair and maintenance, including management of system drawings and schematics, and configuration management.
  • Ensuring test equipment, electrical spares and components, consumables, and other workshop equipment are well stocked and maintained.
  • Carrying out regular safety inspections and effect prompt repairs of all electrical equipment. Keep up to date with the latest relevant electrical regulations.


Location: Geraldton, Western Australia

Salary: AU$93k - AU$105k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, Full time or part time (minimum 0.8FTE)

Reference: 93898


To be considered you will need:


  • Relevant trade qualifications for an Electrician.
  • Demonstrated industrial experience in the maintenance and operation of a broad range of electrical systems, preferably including power generation and distribution, servo drive systems, and refrigeration plant and equipment.
  • Practical knowledge in the design, upgrade, and installation of switchboards and electrical distribution systems to meet Australian electrical standards.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and conducting the maintenance, repairs, fault finding and diagnosis of electrical systems, including interpretation of civil, mechanical, and electrical drawings.
  • The ability and willingness to operate elevated work platforms (EWPs) to access heights up to 25m above the ground. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely and effectively as part of a small engineering team with minimal supervision and display a high level of initiative and self-motivation.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and proven ability to utilise computer software packages for general correspondence and documentation updates.



  • A WA Electrical licence.
  • Experience with computer-aided drawing (CAD) techniques and computer-based analysis and report writing.
  • Industrial experience in the design, installation, and commissioning of electrical servo drive systems and/or electrical control systems involving power electronics/electrical devices, including both relay logic and PLCs. 
  • A willingness to be trained and approved as one of the site’s HV switching operators.
  • A willingness to learn about other systems used for telescope operations, such as electronic and mechanical systems.
  • Qualifications/license in the operation of EWPs, Forklift, Working at Heights, Lifting and Rigging and resuscitation First Aid. 


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



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


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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

14th April 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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