Licensed Electrician - SKA-Low Telescope

Date Posted: 7 Jun 2024
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Location: Geraldton, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.

In Australia, the SKAO is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.

The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.

The SKA-Low Licensed Electrician will form part of the SKA-Low Engineering Operations team based at our Engineering Operations Centre in Geraldton, Western Australia. They will assist the SKA-Low Electrician and broader telescope maintenance team with both scheduled and unscheduled electrical maintenance activities on the SKA-Low Telescope and its associated infrastructure.


Your duties will include:

  • Undertake installation, commissioning, maintenance, and equipment upgrades across a range of industrial electrical and electronic systems.

  • Actively contribute to written and online documentation associated with equipment repair and maintenance, including management of system drawings and schematics, and configuration management.

  • Carry out regular safety inspections and effect prompt repairs of all electrical equipment.

  • Assist in a range of site activities and interact and cooperate with other technical and non-technical staff to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the observatory systems.

  • Participate in the after-hours on-call system, attend to after-hours breakdowns, and work flexible hours as required.


Location:     Geraldton, Western Australia

Salary:         AU$93,267 - AU$105,517 plus 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:        Indefinite – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share

Reference:  96764


To be considered you will need:


  • Relevant trade qualification for an Electrician and an unrestricted WA Electrical Licence, or an ability to obtain before commencement.

  • Practical knowledge in the design, upgrade, and installation of switchboards and electrical distribution systems to meet Australian electrical standards.

  • Demonstrated experience planning and conducting the commissioning, maintenance, repairs, fault finding and diagnosis of electrical systems, including interpretation of drawings.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated experience using industry relevant software systems i.e., Electrical diagnostic software, SCADA, SAP, Maximo, CITEC, PLC software or similar.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills and proven ability to utilise computer software packages for general correspondence and documentation updates.



  • Experience working in remote locations.

  • Experience in maintenance and repair of HVAC systems.

  • Experience in High Voltage Switching Operations.

  • Relevant additional High Risk Work Licences.

  • WA Heavy Rigid Licence.


CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, and people with a disability who meet the role criteria. 

For full details about this role, please review the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and 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.


Flexible working arrangements

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

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.


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. 



At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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

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How to apply

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role and your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed


Applications close

23 JUNE 2024, 11:59pm AWST

2:00 AM

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