First listed on: 22 October 2019

Antenna Mechanical Technician 

The Opportunity
  • Assist in overseeing antenna inspections as part of JPL’s Deep Space Network programme.
  • Install and maintain designated hydraulic systems.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position

The CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) division provides facilities for scientists from Australia and around the world to explore our solar system and beyond. These facilities include the Australian Telescope National Facility (ATNF), which supports radio astronomy by operating radio telescopes at three observatories across NSW and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC). 

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) Program supports ground-based spacecraft telecommunications as part of the international National Aeronautic Space Administration (NASA) Deep Space Network (DSN).  Working with the Antenna support team and performing the role of Antenna Mechanical Technician, you will work under routine direction and limited supervision to provide installation works and maintenance tasks of moderate complexity. This will include modifications and fault repair of antenna mechanical and structural systems and site support services including mobile plant and powerhouse.  You will have varying levels of responsibilities in maintenance and installation activities, project management, configuration management and technical planning, quality assurance/ predictive testing and inspection.

Your duties will include
  • Perform maintenance and installation activities, to Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and to manufacturers’ specifications.
  • Supervise contract staff on site on specific project tasks.
  • Provide technical guidance to contractors on the proper interfacing of new and upgraded systems.
  • Assist team leader in quality assurance processes relating to mechanical maintenance and project work activities.

Location:      Tidbinbilla, ACT
Salary:          AU$64,082 to AU$86,702 pa + up to 15.4% superannuation (Eligible for Tracking Station Allowance, Working at Heights, Confined Space, Fleet Transport To & From Site)
Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    63606

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Education/Qualifications: Certificate 4 in a relevant Mechanical discipline, e.g. Fitting and Machining, or Diesel Mechanic. 
  • Previous experience in an industrial environment, as a mechanical fitter, diesel mechanic or fitter/machinist undertaking maintenance of heavy industrial plant.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand drawings and circuit diagrams.
  • Demonstrated experience in repair and maintenance of hydraulic systems.
  • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook.

The successful applicant may be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

For more information please view the Position Description.

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. D&I Strategy

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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Applications Close

AEST 11:59pm, Sunday 17th November, 2019

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