First listed on: 05 March 2019

Technician: Welder/Fabricator

The Opportunity

  • Design, carry out and document modifications to plant and equipment 
  • Assist in research based projects for the Cotton Research Unit.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation!

This position is part of the Cotton Research Unit based at Myall Vale, near Narrabri, and will report to a Team Leader in the Cotton Breeding Program. Narrabri is in the heart of a rich agricultural area including irrigated and dryland cropping. The Cotton Research Unit is based at the Australian Cotton Research Institute, a large research facility owned by NSW DPI. CSIRO is involved in development of elite cotton varieties and improving crop management to ensure the international competitiveness of the Australian cotton industry. At the site CSIRO has a range of agricultural plant and equipment, including tractors, sowing and tillage equipment, cotton picking equipment, spray rigs and cotton gins. 

The role is to carry out modifications/improvements and maintenance on plant and equipment to improve safety and efficiency of use as well as ensuring compliance with all relevant standards. This position will also contribute to the overall research program by assisting with field operations where required both at Myall Vale and other field sites as required.

Your duties will include 

  • Design, carry out and document modifications to plant and equipment in line with Legislation and Australian Standards.
  • Assist with maintenance and repair of plant and equipment.
  • Assist in field based research projects, including plant and equipment operation at multiple sites across the cotton industry.
  • Contribute to the effective functioning of a research team and help deliver upon CSIRO’s organisational objectives.

Location:       Myall Vale, NSW
Tenure:          Indefinite 
Salary:           AU$62K – AU$79K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    60699

To be successful you will need 

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

  • Relevant trade certificate, Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication OR Certificate III in Structural Engineering (or equivalent).
  • Current Australian Drivers Licence.
  • Demonstrated experience with metal fabrication involving welding of structural grade steels.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and document modifications for plant and equipment – experience with CAD preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret engineered plans
  • Demonstrated understanding and strong commitment to Work Place Health and Safety.
  • The demonstrated ability to communicate in a fluent and courteous manner, both orally and in writing.
  • The ability to effectively manage a number of competing priorities simultaneously, while working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team and carry out tasks under general direction.

For more information please view the Position Description.
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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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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Friday, 15th March, 2019.

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