Senior Instrument Techincian


Dept of Transport - Oceanographic Services


Fremantle (Newman Court), WA

Salary etc:

$96,307 - $105,254 p.a. + super (Level 5 - PSCSAA 2022).


eF 2099

The opportunity:

Are you a qualified Electronics, Electrical or Instrumentation Technician or Engineers, ideally with previous field experience to work in Maritime? If you are ready for a sea change, then read on…..  

Oceanographic Services is a team of specialist technical staff who are responsible for the acquisition, analysis and management of oceanographic information collected from a range of oceanographic instrumentation.

The Oceanographic Technicians travel along the WA coastline using 4WDs and boats to maintain service delivery of the instrumentation and data communication systems for the oceanographic data collection program.  An example of the instrumentation includes:

  • Tide gauge stations.
  • Vega Radar Sensors.
  • Dataloggers.
  • Modems / telemetry systems.
  • Wave buoys.
  • Wave buoy receiving stations.
  • Acoustic Wave and Current units.

The role involves:

  • Maintenance and Operationsroutine inspections, maintenance, and repairs of field equipment.  Installing, setting up of tide gauges, wave buoy station and other equipment. Configuration of components, such as Datataker and Campbell Scientific data loggers, Vega Radar Sensors, Comset modems and associated data communications systems used for data collection networks.
  • Quality Control and Continuous services - Manage data collection network quality through remote monitoring. Diagnose and triage faults. Incident response and issue resolution to ensure continued services.
  • Documentation and ReportingPrepare operational and technical maintenance reports and associated documentation. Develop and manage work schedule. Manage assets, replacements, and stock take.
  • Liaison and Representation: Liaise with various internal and external stakeholders and contractors for sites usage, installation and maintenance procedures, retrieval, and setup of assets and equipment.

You’ll be part of the Coastal Information team. We love what we do, get along well and work collaboratively to deliver various services which cover geospatial information systems, data collection, processing and management, oceanography, hydrographic surveying, and cartographic design.

We strive to deliver exceptional services as we engage with stakeholders far and wide to deliver valuable oceanographic information to the public, researchers, and professionals. The tide and wave data are the most popular hit on the Department’s website.

We currently have 1 x permanent full-time or part-time opportunity available with the possibility of future vacancies. 

The successful applicant or applicants assessed as suitable through this process may receive further offers of employment (fixed term or permanent) in this or similar roles for a period of twelve (12) months from date of first appointment.

About You 

A team player who can work across groups and manage the work program, who likes to get hands-on in the field. Someone who:  

  • Is suitability qualified, have technical capabilities, with an open mind to work in a maritime coastal environment.
  • Is innovative, with an affinity to proactively research, investigate and resolve problems or implement solutions.
  • Has an appetite for working in regional locations and has a willingness to travel and see the WA coastline.

Date published:


Closing date:

3pm, 22-Jul-2024