Electronics Engineer - Electronics Technician, APS Level 5 or 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Sydney
Categories: APS Level 5, APS Level 6, Science, Engineering, Technical

About the National Measurement Institute

We are the Australian Government’s national authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by leading, maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system. We deliver world-class measurement products, advice and client services and administer the regulatory framework for measurement. Our national measurement standards are recognised internationally and we work to enhance and maintain these standards.

We value the different skills, knowledge and perspectives our employees bring. We’re committed to giving everyone an equal opportunity to participate, contribute and progress. Our values and behaviours centre on being, adaptable, innovative, accountable, strategic, inclusive and influential.

About the team

The Physical Metrology Branch leads the development, maintenance and dissemination of Australia’s peak physical measurement standards. We provide the traceability assurance that measurements made in Australia are accepted internationally. The branch is an active participant in international measurement forums. Through the delivery of a range of calibrations and other measurement services branch staff share their expertise with Australian and international stakeholders. This includes to support research, process improvements, product optimisation and better measurement practice across the economic landscape.

The National Measurement Institute's (NMI’s) Impedance Standards team is responsible for Australia’s primary standards for resistance and capacitance, supporting reliable measurements across Australia in areas such as electricity distribution, weather forecasting and climate monitoring, defence and aviation. The team develops new technologies and services to meet emerging customer requirements, and provides impedance measurement services to industry. The team also provides electrical and electronics support to other teams within the NMI.

We seek an engineer/technician to contribute to the development of new technologies and services, to provide advice in support of a safe working environment, and to provide ongoing electrical/electronic maintenance and repair of measuring instruments.

Our ideal candidate

You are an experienced electrical engineer/electronics technician looking for an opportunity to develop professionally while applying your diverse skillset to practical development challenges in a service delivery environment. You are:

  • competent to interpret and apply relevant legislation, policy and procedures in support of a safe electrical working environment
  • capable of working independently, under general direction
  • experienced in all aspects of electronics production
  • skilled in board-level trouble-shooting and repair in digital and analogue systems
  • familiar with electronic design software
  • able to interpret mechanical drawings, and ideally, familiar with mechanical design software
  • competent with a range of mechanical workshop tools and willing to develop new skills as required 
  • a good communicator, able to engage effectively both verbally and written, on technical matters with stakeholders from a range backgrounds
  • able to work as part of a team to deliver agreed technical and service delivery outcomes
  • able to lead by example, demonstrating behaviours consistent with the NMI Values.

What you will do 

  • Produce cutting-edge electrical and electronic measurement instruments from printed circuit board (PCB) designs, taking responsibility for component specification, board manufacture and loading as well as mechanical design, construction and completion.
  • Produce PCB designs from schematic diagrams.
  • Design bespoke electrical/electronic circuits.
  • Maintain and repair electrical and electronic measuring instruments and systems.
  • Provide expertise and technical knowledge across a range of programs and activities, providing accurate, specialised advice.
  • Act as an electrical safety officer responsible for assessing and advising on the nature of electrical risks arising from activities within the Branch. This includes the controls necessary to eliminate or minimise those risks, and the extent of compliance with NMI procedures, relevant legislation, and Australian Standards and Codes of Practice.


The successful candidate will have a relevant qualification in Electrical Engineering such as a Diploma of Electronics and Communication Engineering or a degree in Electrical Engineering.

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

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 will be filled at APS Level 5 or 6 depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing APS Level 5 or 6 vacancies should they become available within 18 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.

This position is non-ongoing for an initial period of 18 months, with possibility of extension including as an ongoing role.

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 pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.

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

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

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Leigh Johnson,

leigh.johnson@measurement.gov.au, ph: 02 8467 3529

Learn more about our values

The NMI has invested in identifying and defining six critical values for success for the organisation:

  • Adaptable: We embrace new ways of working to meet present and future challenges
  • Innovative: We learn from today to create solutions for tomorrow
  • Accountable: We each take personal responsibility for what we do, why we do it and how we work with others to achieve NMI’s goals
  • Strategic: We navigate uncertainty with clear purpose and direction
  • Inclusive: We champion a safe and supportive environment, powered by diversity of thought, experience and culture
  • Influential: We create opportunities to promote our value, broaden our reach and increase our impact.

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 inclusion@industry.gov.au for a confidential discussion if you identify with 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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