Technical Officer Electronics

A new outlook for your career

Trainee Technical Officer - Electronics

Application Opening and Closing Dates

The Bureau is currently reviewing network capability in this field. Recruitment advice will be posted on completion of this process.

The role

Our Technical Officers (Electronics) work on a highly varied range of electronic and electro-mechanical equipment.

You'll be based at an Engineering Services Section and will need to travel to meteorological sites, often at remote localities, by car, 4WD, light aircraft, boat, and sometimes by helicopter.

Travel is a large component of the work of a Technical Officer (Electronics) but will usually be from a permanent base and stay within State/Regional boundaries.

Although you won't normally be required to work shifts, there will be some emergency work that may require you to travel outside your normal hours.

This is a great chance to work with an amazing array of mechanical, pneumatic, analogue, digital and microprocessor based equipment, including:

  • Radar
  • Modern digital communications
  • Automatic weather balloon launchers
  • Hydrogen gas generation and storage
  • Automatic weather stations
  • Tsunami detection systems.

You need:

  • a genuine desire to develop a career in electronic and electro-mechanical equipment
  • an awareness of the importance of weather observations
  • to be able to adopt new concepts and perform complex work
  • to be willing and able to travel to isolated areas of your state
  • practical experience with PCs and data networks
  • to be methodical when analysing technical problems and repairing faults in equipment
  • to always work safely
  • to be a good communicator and team player and be socially inclusive
  • a Diploma of Engineering (Electronics) or equivalent with good subject results
  • to hold an Australian Drivers Licence
  • to be an Australian citizen, or have Permanent Resident status.


If your application is successful, you can look forward to participating in a highly regarded and comprehensive training program conducted at the Bureau of Meteorology's Training Centre (BMTC). Our electronic training course, which starts during January, will involve periods of specialised training in Melbourne, interspersed with on-the-job training in the location to which you are recruited. The training in Melbourne will comprise, approximately, an initial period of 12 weeks, two periods of 6 weeks and one period of three weeks.

Most of the Melbourne training is held at our Field Training Annexe, located at Glenlitta Avenue, Broadmeadows. When attending training in Melbourne, interstate employees will be paid an allowance for living expenses.

You will be trained on all the major types of equipment used by the Bureau, interspersed with on-the-job training in the field, where you will make an active contribution to our engineering services operations.

Work Locations

Engineering Services Centres are located in:

  • All capital cities (outside the CBD)
  • Regional centres - Alice Springs, Broome, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville

Temporary roles are available in the Coral Sea (Willis Island) and in the Antarctic.

Salary and Benefits

Salary whilst training is $42,447 a year (adult training rate). A higher rate of pay may be available if you can demonstrate extensive relevant industry experience. Junior rates do apply

When you have successfully completed the training course, you will advance to the level BoM Broadband 4 with a salary range of $50,675 to $68,038 a year.

In addition to your salary, the Bureau pays a generous employer contribution of 15.4% to a complying superannuation fund of your choice and has competitive leave entitlements.

Promotion and Professional Development

Due to our size, diversity and extensive network of offices across Australia, there are excellent opportunities for promotion and to build a successful and rewarding career. Promotion decisions are based on merit and you can apply for promotional opportunities as they arise.

We also offer a variety of short and longer term temporary assignments in a variety of fantastic locations across Australia, the Antarctic and overseas. Our temporary assignments are professional development opportunities which allow you to expand your professional experience and broaden your specialist skills and knowledge.

Engineering Services staff are sponsored to obtain additional qualifications, in areas such as data cabling, hydrogen facilities, disconnect/reconnect electrical work and height safety.

Trainee Technical Officer Electronics Commencement date

To be confirmed.

How to Apply

Applications are to be lodged online through our eRecruit system by the closing date.

Prior to lodging your application we recommend you:

  • Read the position information, selection criteria and social justice information contained on this website
  • Have a current resume detailing relevant employment, skills and qualifications
  • Prepare a statement specifically addressing the Selection Criteria for the position
  • Scan copies of your official academic transcripts for uploading in eRecruit

When Applying online:

  • Please respond to all the online questions, complete your responses to the selection criteria and upload a copy of your resume and academic transcripts.
  • Regularly click save during the online application process. If there is no activity for a set period of time the online application process may time out and some ISP’s will automatically disconnect you if there is no communication from your computer for a period of time.
  • Prepare your answers to the selection criteria in a word document then copy and paste your responses into the eRecruit system.
  • Your resume should be in a Word or PDF format.
  • Your academic transcripts should be in PDF or Jpeg format

Further Information on how to apply online through our eRecruit system please refer to How to Apply on this website.

Got questions?

For questions on the application and selection process please contact our Recruitment Unit on (03) 9669 4401 or email

Additional Information

Download a Trainee Technical Officer Electronics - Information Brochure (RTF 1617 KB)
Download Trainee Technical Officer Electronics Selection Criteria (PDF 41KB)
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Contact Details
Recruitment Manager
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne, Victoria, 3001 Australia
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