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Industrial Electrician

Date: 24-Feb-2023

Location: Parkes, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Join Australia’s premier radio-astronomy community
  • Help maintain and operate a range of electrical systems at the Parkes ‘Murriyang’ Radio Telescope
  • Relocation assistance provided - take the first step into your new lifestyle in this stunning regional location


CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy business unit (S&A) manages CSIRO’s facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking, including a number of world-class radio astronomy observatories that are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF). The ATNF comprises radio telescopes at three observatories near the towns of Parkes, Coonabarabran, Narrabri (NSW), and the next generation Australian SKA Pathfinder at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia.

Based in the thriving regional community of Parkes (NSW), as an Industrial Electrician, you will assist in the maintenance, operation and upgrade of a broad range of electrical systems.  The position is located at the Parkes ‘Murriyang’ Radio-telescope Observatory site, 20km north of the township, but as a member of a wider engineering operations team, you will also contribute your expertise at other NSW Observatories in Narrabri and Coonabarabran.  

Parkes offers ease of access to Sydney via a 1-hour flight or comfortable 4-hour 30 min drive, and a 3-hour drive to Canberra. The town is located halfway between the busy cities of Melbourne and Brisbane right on the Newell Highway. Families and couples will benefit from the large demand for work in mining, construction, and transport as well as in the thriving agricultural base. 

CSIRO S&A is committed to providing a safe and inclusive work culture and implementing initiatives to improve diversity and equity within our workplaces. This role is offered on a full‐time or part‐time basis.

In this role you will:


  • Undertake routine maintenance and equipment upgrades across a range of electrical systems.
  • Maintain accurate maintenance logs, engineering drawings and documentation.
  • Ensure test equipment, electrical spares and components, consumables, and other workshop equipment are well stocked and maintained.
  • Assist in identifying and implementing improved maintenance routines and safe work procedures.
  • Assist in a range of site activities and interact and co-operate with other to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the observatory systems.
  • Liaise with S&A staff from other observatories to help and undertake collaborative projects as required.
  • Participate in the after-hours rostered on-call system.
  • Where methods are not defined, use initiative to seek new approaches to meet site needs and improve the services provided.

Location:      Parkes (Regional) New South Wales
Salary:          AU$89k to AU$101k per annum (pro-rata for part-time), plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite – Full-time or Part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE)
Reference:    90477

To be considered you will need:


  • A relevant trade qualification for an Electrician, and a NSW Electrical licence. 
  • Industrial experience in the maintenance and operation of a broad range of electrical systems.
  • Practical knowledge in the design, upgrade, and installation of switchboards and electrical distribution systems.
  • Experience planning and conducting the maintenance, repairs, fault finding and diagnosis of electrical systems, including interpretation electrical drawings.
  • The 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 common computer software packages.


To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details



  • Applications are open to Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.


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

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply


Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close


Monday 26 March 2023 (11pm AEDT)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.