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Mechanical Engineer / Metrologist, Science & Technical Level 5 or 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Sydney
Categories: National Measurement Institute, APS Level 5, APS Level 6

About the team?

The National Measurement Institute (NMI), a division within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, is Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement. NMI is internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading national metrology institutes. Our 330 staff deliver cutting edge measurement services and research from unique facilities across Australia.

The team at NMI’s Londonderry Flow Facility develops and maintains Australia’s primary standards for liquid and high-pressure hydrocarbon flow. From this unique national facility they deliver specialised consultancy, calibration and other measurement services to clients in the liquid fuels and transport industries.

For more information about NMI, visit our website at

Our ideal candidate:

You are a mechanical engineer with at least 2 years of experience in carrying out hydrocarbon flow meter calibrations under an ISO17025 quality system. You will:

  • possess strong practical skills and excellent time management and communication skills
  • have demonstrated experience in industry-standard industrial process control systems
  • be keen to contribute your broad range of physics and engineering knowledge to the ongoing development of new methods and facilities
  • will aspire to becoming the recognised national expert in this field
  • have demonstrated experience and familiarity with the operating principles and limitations of a range of measurement instrumentation, relevant control systems such as S600, large-scale mechanical systems, and both PLC and LabVIEW programming
  • have the demonstrated ability to quickly and effectively identify and solve software, instrumentation and engineering problems with complex apparatus, including demonstrated basic electronic and mechanical construction skills
  • have demonstrated high-level oral and written communications skills.

What you will do?

Working with the leading technical experts in flow metrology in Australia, you will:

  • deliver timely, high quality calibrations of flowmeters using unique in-house systems for CNG, petrol, diesel and LPG, under an ISO17025 quality system, and at the highest levels of accuracy achievable internationally
  • liaise with clients and develop effective relationships with key stakeholders in industry, the research community, and international standards laboratories
  • use your broad physics and engineering skills to contribute to both the development of new calibration systems and to ongoing efforts to increase automation and improve efficiency
  • be actively involved in contributing to the ongoing research to understand, quantify, and reduce measurement uncertainties and validate new experimental techniques.

In the longer term you are expected to develop deep and comprehensive knowledge of the field of hydrocarbon flow measurement and of the operation, design and limitations of a wide range of relevant commercial and research equipment.


The successful candidate will hold a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum of 2 years of experience in the calibration of liquid-hydrocarbon flow meters under a 17025 quality system, including uncertainty analysis.


This recruitment process is being used to fill a current ongoing Science & Technical Level 5 or 6 position commensurate with relevant skills and experience. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Science & Technical Level 5 and 6 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised. Non-ongoing opportunities may be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Mr Simon Dignan via or on 02 8467 3514.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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