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Careers at AIMS

A rewarding career at Australia's tropical marine science agency

Electronics & Communications Technicians

Townsville, Qld
Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago



Employment Type

3 x Full-time, 2-year fixed term and 1 x 3-year fixed term


$79,663 to $86,200 pa

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About this exciting opportunity

Working with a team striving to design and develop the next generation of technological solutions for marine monitoring and survey systems, you will work alongside Electronics and Mechanical Engineers to design, build, test and deliver new field-based electronics systems. You will focus on taking designs and schematics and translating these into field-ready certified systems as per our clients’ requirements.

You will manage the logistics of the design and fabrication process, working with suppliers and AIMS staff to manage components and equipment and forecast future ordering needs. You will also provide oversight of requests for workshop electronic support and coordinate workload within the workshop electronics team to ensure delivery.

These roles have the unique opportunity to undertake fieldwork for testing and evaluation of designs, which can mean at times working at sea for extended periods of time (7-14 days), as well as on small vessels. You will work with our clients to operationalise the equipment that has been created. At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members' on their collective journey towards the successful delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. In line with our Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 3E salary ($79,663 to $86,200 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Free Onsite Gym and Optional Fitness passport
  • 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 2-year Fixed Term opportunities (x3) and 3-year Fixed Term opportunity (x1)
  • Located in Townsville (Qld). Commuter car arrangements to site
  • Relocation Assistance available


Please note:

  1. Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS for the term of the appointment, depending on the relevant Department of Home Affairs current policies.
  2. AIMS strongly encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Whilst it is not currently a mandatory requirement for this role, AIMS reserves the right to review its position and policy on mandatory vaccinations. It may therefore become a mandatory requirement for this role in the future.


About you

These roles will suit someone with trade qualifications in Electronics or Communications and a restricted Electrical licence or Electrical Fitter/Mechanic workers licence, who is experienced in marine electronics or systems developed for similarly harsh environments. You will be able to program/code PLC’s, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and dataloggers and build, configure, fault find and test electronics and electrical systems.

You will be familiar working in team that has a flexible and analytical approach and will be used to working on competing tasks and adapting to changes quickly. You be experienced working in a workshop environment and away on field trips at sea, with well developed technical and field report writing skills.

Previous experience working with remotely piloted, autonomous systems or uncrewed technology would be highly desirable, as would a recreational or commercial ship masters licence and radio operator’s licence.

Next step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the position description, which is included in the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully the deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find a link to our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria within the scope of the position description, which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

Submitting your application: Please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, resume and cover letter) ready to attach to your online application form via our e-recruitment system which can be accessed via the "apply now" button below.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.

Position enquiries are to be directed to Ben Fusco at B.Fusco@aims.gov.au

Applications close: SUNDAY, 14 AUGUST 2022 (midnight, AEST).