Technical Officer in Civil Engineering
Macquarie University School of Engineering

Technical Officer - Civil Engineering

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Technical / Scientific Officer

  • Salary Package:  From $73,922 - $84,047 p.a. (Level 5), plus 13.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term (12 months)
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

The School of Engineering is currently seeking a suitably qualified Technical Officer with Civil engineering background. The successful applicant will be expected to develop, construct, test, review, modify, repair and maintain equipment, experiments and their associated documentation. Also set up and provide technical support for practical classes and shared facilities. You will also write and maintain WHS documentation including risk assessments for both the teaching laboratories and shared facilities, while assisting academic staff in technical and operational aspects of managing large enrolment units.

About You

You will have completed an advanced diploma or a degree in Civil engineering or in a closely related discipline. You have good problem-solving skills especially in relation to technical and experimental issues. You enjoy working individually or effectively support academic staff and students. You have a passion for workplace health and safety with an ability to identify and manage hazards in the workplace. If you are an excellent communicator with a proactive nature and are flexible and resilient in your approach, then this is a role you will thrive in and a department you will enjoy working with.

About Us

FSE offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs across a diverse  range  of  disciplines  and  is  home  to  a  number  of  world-class research centres and facilities. It is comprised of eight departments and one school, each  with  a  different  scale  and/or  discipline  specific  approach  to administration,   technical   and   infrastructure   support   for   research   and teaching.

The Technical  Operations  team provide  specialised  technical  support services  to  the  teaching  and  research  activities  of  the  Faculty.    The team covers a  broad  range  of  capabilities  and  expertise  across  laboratory, specialist facilities and field-based activities and are essential for the smooth functioning of both teaching and research within the Faculty.

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • Advanced diploma or a degree in civil engineering or relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of experience, education and training.
  • Working knowledge of both general laboratory equipment and specialist equipment (e.g. materials testing, soil mechanics) and tech savvy skills in diagnosing and trouble-shooting issues.
  • Demonstrated capability to take initiative, work independently and support academic staff and students with the running of experiments during practical sessions.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing and delivering demonstrations and/or training on the use of technical equipment  
  • Excellent technical, administrative and organisational skills including planning, prioritisation and time management.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and maintain Health and Safety practices in a laboratory environment including adhering to risk management protocols.
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to the development and/or improvement of experiments, processes, procedures, and/or related technical documentation    .
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.


  • Experienced in working at geotechnical engineering laboratory
  • Familiar in working with surveying instruments
  • Experience in using testing equipment and loading and logging systems.
  • Demonstrated materials testing experience (hardness, tensile, etc).
  • Experience in mechanical workshop would be valuable

Role Enquiries:

Applications Close: 10 January 2021 at 11:55pm AEST

At Macquarie University, we are committed to providing a working environment where each individual is valued, respected and supported to progress. Our priority is to ensure culture, policies and processes are truly inclusive and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, gender, culture, disability, LGBTIQA+ identities, family and caring responsibilities, age, or religion. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria and shares Macquarie University’s values of scholarship, empowerment and integrity to apply.

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Advertised: 11 Dec 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 10 Jan 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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