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Pattern Approval Engineer, APS Level 5, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Sydney
Categories: National Measurement Institute, APS Level 5

About the Team

The National Measurement Institute is the Australian Government’s national authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by:

  • maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system,
  • developing and maintaining national measurement standards, and
  • delivering world-class measurement products and client services. 

Measurement is integral to a successful economy and to the progress of innovation and science. Our work adapts to, services and enhances the productivity and growth of Australian industries, and aims to ensure a fair, safe, healthy and competitive Australia.

The Legal Metrology Branch plays an important role in ensuring Australian consumers and industry can rely on trusted measurements for fair trade in goods and services.  To ensure traders follow with the law and adopt correct measurement trading practices, we use inspectors who check that measuring instruments (weighing scales, fuel pumps and weighbridges) are accurate throughout Australia. We also check that:

  • pre-packaged articles contain the correct amount of produce,  and
  • that fuel sold in service stations complies with quality standards.

The Policy and Regulatory Services Section provides timely, accurate and appropriate support for the Secretary and Chief Metrologist.  This includes advice and services relating to measurement policy, regulatory and technical matters. This enables the delivery of a strong and effective national measurement system that is trusted and accepted domestically and internationally and does not impose unnecessary barriers to trade through restrictive requirements. 

Our ideal Candidate

The Pattern Approval Engineer supports the delivery of specialised pattern approval testing, evaluation and certification services.  This delivery is consistent with internationally recognised technical requirements, MOU and treaty obligations.

The Pattern Approval Engineer provides technical skills for examining measuring instrument designs, evaluating test results against national requirements.  They recommend whether certificates of approval for measuring instruments in use for trade or legal purposes can be issued.

Our ideal candidate will have the ability to:

  • Perform laboratory and field based testing of measuring instruments under documented procedures.
  • Check information and make recommendations for approval under:
    • legislative, financial and administrative frameworks,
    • government decision-making processes, and
    • department guidelines and regulations.
  • Manage tasks which contribute to the delivery of a diverse range of specialised technical services and regulatory activities under best practice, government policy and legislative requirements. 
  • Respond to and adapt to stakeholder needs and expectations.
  • Balance competing priorities, problem solve, think critically and show sound decision making.
  • Communicate clearly with the ability to negotiate with clients and contractors, to report, provide briefings and to interpret contracts and specifications.

Experience in the application of environmental and electrical disturbance testing is highly desirable.

What you will do

As the Pattern Approval Engineer, you will:

  • Process client’s applications for measuring instrument pattern approval. You will test instrument suitability for trade or legal purposes and a wide range of technical documentation including:
    • test reports
    • user manuals and
    • design specifications.
  • Undertake laboratory and field testing or analysis of a range of measuring instrument functions and operation, in line with standards and processes.
  • Support the section’s business improvement projects, business planning and performance reporting.
  • Assist with preparation and public publishing of legal technical pattern approval documents.
  • Maintain suitable, accurate and auditable records of assessments and client correspondence.
  • Communicate effectively with clients on the progress and results of pattern approval applications.
  • Respond to enquiries from stakeholders in a timely and professional manner.
  • Take part in cultural and procedural change within the branch.
  • Show behaviour according to APS code of conduct and NMI’s standards and take part in all aspects of WH&S.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

The successful candidate must have an Engineering background and/or professional qualification in electrical or mechanical engineering or equivalent experience.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This role is based at the NMI office, West Linfield NSW. 

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a one-page pitch (maximum 3000 characters, approx. 500 words) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position and should align to the job description.

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

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Mario Zamora via email at

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 full time/part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

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