Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Narrabri, Australia

Job posting number: #7235674 (Ref:cj_96176)

Posted: April 9, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Work at the Paul Wild Observatory, a world-class science and technology research facility
  • Contribute your mechanical skills to the intriguing world of radio astronomy
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!

CSIRO's Space and Astronomy (S&A) manages CSIRO’s world-class facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking. Our space and astronomy research enables humanity to better understand the Earth and Universe. It contributes to solving the greatest challenges and building future industry.

Our radio astronomy observatories are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) and comprise radio telescopes in NSW and WA.


We are seeking a Mechanical Technician (Fitter) to 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 routine maintenance and repairs to a range of mechanical systems.  

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. 

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking planned maintenance activities, routine service inspections and defect repairs on a broad range of mechanical systems. 
  • Monitoring system performance, diagnosing faults and effecting repairs in a timely manner to support Observatory operation.
  • Providing assistance to the Cryogenics team with routine maintenance activities.
  • Maintaining accurate maintenance logs and relevant engineering drawings and documentation.
  • Maintaining a stores system, workshop and machine shop in good order.
  • Attending to afterhours breakdowns and work flexible hours as required. 
  • Assisting in a range of site activities such as reconfigures.
  • Interacting and co-operating with other technical and non-technical staff to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the observatory. 
  • Occasionally traveling to other sites to assist with the installation and maintenance of mechanical systems. 
  • Communicating openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team, to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives. 
  • Other duties as directed. 


Location: Narrabri, NSW

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

Tenure: Indefinite, full-time or part-time (min. 0.6FTE)

Reference: 96176

To be considered you will need:


  • Demonstrated industrial experience and practical skills in the maintenance and repairs of mechanical systems including, hydraulics, open gearing, gearboxes, diesel generators, equipment hoists and fuelling systems. 
  • Demonstrated experience and aptitude in planning and conducting the maintenance, repairs, fault finding and diagnosis of mechanical systems including interpretation of drawings and schematics.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team in an operational environment while displaying a high level of initiative and self-motivation.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and a sound level of computer literacy.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to other NSW sites for training and professional development or to assist with the repairs and maintenance of equipment. 
  • The ability and willingness to work and access heights up to 30m above the ground. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to safe work practices, environmental sustainability and the principles of equity and diversity. 
  • A relevant Certificate III or Diploma in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitter/Machinist) with strong post trade experience. 
  • A current Class ‘C’ Australian driver’s licence (or equivalent). 



  • Experience with computer aided drafting (CAD). 
  • Experience with HVAC, vacuum or cryogenic systems. 


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents only. 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

5th May 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. 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.

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