Technical Officer - Engineering

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Technical Officer Level 4 - Engineering

Overview of the role

As an Antarctic Technical Officer - Engineer you will be responsible for carrying out the Engineering program to support the Bureau's climate and forecasting operations under the Regional Engineering Services Manager. As part of this climate and forecasting program you will be involved in data collection of surface and upper air observations under the Senior Observer. You will also be responsible for the Engineering program to support the Australian Antarctic program's (AAp) Automatic Weather Stations (AWS), and other external client equipment.

What you will actually do

  • Participate in the surface and upper air observations data collection on a rostered team basis, 7 days a week. This will be 70 - 80 % of your duties.
  • The engineering management component and external client equipment, including Aap AWS Eng. works will make up 20 - 30 % of your duties.
  • Manage the Engineering program by carrying out routine maintenance to sustain the operability of equipment used to collect surface and upper air data.
  • Manage minor engineering installations, and or contribute to major engineering installation works, as programmed.
  • Manage the engineering program routine reporting and equipment spares stock availability.
  • Manage the engineering communication infrastructure within the Met Facilities and of the AAp AWS equipment.
  • Manage and maintain the AAp AWS equipment. Maintain other designated external clients equipment.

As well as these specific job roles you will also be required to, in common with all other expeditioners, perform duties rostered by the Station Leader to support the community life of the expedition, such as general kitchen duties, garbage clearance and water duties. There will also be opportunities to assist other expedition members with official programs that may include supporting scientific research, aviation operations, field camps or undertaking over-land traverses to outlying regions.

Required skills, knowledge and attributes

  • Associate Diploma of Engineering (Electronics) from an Australian educational institution, or a comparable overseas qualification, which is appropriate to the duties; or relevant experience and training which enables the employee to competently perform the duties at this level.
  • Demonstrated skills in maintenance management, fault analysis, and high priority setting ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work largely unsupervised in a demanding role, with proven interpersonal skill to work in a diverse team role.
  • Demonstrated level of oral and written communication skills sufficient to carry out the engineering program.

Personal qualities requirements

As a member of a small community there are also personal attribute requirements which the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) assess very closely. You will need to meet the personal qualities criteria listed below. To be successful you will:

  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
  • Demonstrate that you can make a positive contribution to community and team.
  • Demonstrate that you respond to authority and are compliant with the law, legislative requirements, BOM and AAD policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Australian Antarctic program specific requirements.

Medical, psychological and security screening

If you are assessed as meeting the above job related and personal quality requirements, you will be required to undergo medical, psychological and security screening. Meeting the requirements of these is mandatory.

  • The AAD's Polar Medicine Unit will decide on your medical fitness for duty in Antarctica following tests conducted on our behalf by a nominated medical practitioner.
  • Psychological assessments are conducted by a psychologist nominated by the AAD.
  • Security checks vary depending on the role required. This may be limited to a police record check.
Contact Details
Recruitment Manager
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne, Victoria, 3001 Australia
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