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Industrial Electrician - Electrical and Control Systems

Date: 30-Mar-2023

Location: Narrabri, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Conduct maintenance and repairs to observatory electrical and control systems
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!



Space and Astronomy (S&A) manages CSIRO’s world-class facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking, is internationally renowned for its radio astronomy research and engineering expertise, and closely engaged with construction of the SKA, a major international project in radio astronomy sited jointly in Western Australia and South Africa.

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 NSW. A fourth telescope, the next-generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), is operated at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia.  We are seeking a full-time Industrial Electrician be part of the ATNF Operations Program to support Observatory Operations at the Paul Wild Observatory, near Narrabri NSW. The observatory site is located 25 km from the township of Narrabri. Transport to/from Narrabri and the observatory site is provided.

You will contribute as part of a small multi-disciplinary engineering team to conduct the maintenance and repairs to observatory electrical and control systems and contribute to infrastructure upgrades programs.

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. 

In this role you will:


  • Undertake routine maintenance, fault diagnosis and defect repairs to ensure reliable operation of a range of electromechanical and servo drive systems for the Narrabri and Mopra Telescopes.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to identify areas for improvement to ensure high levels of system reliability and enhance performance across systems.
  • Assist with the design, installation and commissioning of enhancements and system upgrades.
  • Work to improve or create documentation for processes associated with equipment repair and maintenance activities. 
  • Attend to afterhours breakdowns and work flexible hours as required. 
  • Occasionally travel to other sites to assist with installation and maintenance of electrical systems. 
  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team, to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives. 


Location:    Narrabri, NSW
Salary:        AU$89k - AU$101k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:       Indefinite
Reference: 91379

To be considered you will need:


  • Experience with the operation and maintenance of a broad range of electromechanical and electronic systems, including precison servo drive systems, hydraulics, power generation and distribution and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems. 
  • Experience with fault finding and repair of complex industrial control systems including both relay control logic and PLC based sysems.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, in-person and in writing, with multi-disciplinary teams, management, contractors and external stakeholders. 
  • The ability to undertake travel and stay at other sites when required.
  • The ability and willingness to work and access heights up to 30m above the ground. 
  • A commitment to safe work practices, environmental sustainability and the principles of equity and diversity.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



  • Australian and 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. 

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.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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


Wednesday 12 April 2023 (11:00pm AEDT)