First listed on: 24 October 2018

Apprentice Fitter and Machinist

  • Are you highly motivated and looking to gain hands on experience as well as a nationally recognised qualification?
  • Kick-start your career and make a difference supporting scientific research
  • Join our team at CSIRO – Australia’s premier scientific research organisation

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) is seeking a highly motivated individual to undertake a workplace-based apprenticeship. As a first year Apprentice Fitter and Machinist you will join the Engineering Workshop at Marsfield, NSW. The Engineering Workshop develops and manufactures state of the art instrumentation for CSIRO’s radio astronomy facilities across Australia.

Over the course of the apprenticeship you will undertake on-the-job training and complete a nationally recognised qualification by attending day release training at a nominated TAFE college. As part of your on-the-job training you will gain experience working in a well-equipped workshop with senior trades people that take pride in their contribution to scientific research.

Your duties will include

  • Manufacture and assembly of components to specified tolerances and high standards to support research projects and existing radio astronomy facilities.
  • Completion of Certificate III in Engineering (Fitting and Machining) at TAFE college.
  • Completion of practical on the job training using a variety of workshop equipment including manual and CNC machine tools, CAD/CAM software and welding machines.
  • Develop skills interpreting and working effectively from engineering drawings, sketches and verbal instructions.
  • Adapt techniques, procedures, equipment, concepts and ideas in support of existing and further research.

Location:      Marsfield, NSW
Salary:          AU$26k - AU$48k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified term of 4 years
Reference:    58895

To be successful you will need

  • Completion of secondary school education (Year 10 minimum) with good academic results in Maths, English and Science.
  • An interest in engineering/manufacturing, and a motivation and willingness to pursue a career in fitting and machining.
  • Capable of working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carrying out tasks under the direction of Senior Technical Staff.
  • Ability and willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close: 19 Nov 2018

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