Technical Operations Coordinator - Mechanical Engineering

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Curtin University invites applications for the role of Technical Operations Coordinator, a key position designed to drive the operational excellence of Mechanical Engineering’s technical facilities, supporting School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). This role offers the unique opportunity to lead a team dedicated to supporting cutting-edge teaching and research in the areas of Materials Testing, Measurement, Thermodynamics and Vibration Measurement.

This is a Monday to Friday position - no weekends. We can offer you an agile and flexible working environment with great work life balance, and the opportunity to grow, develop and diversify your own skill set.

On top of Curtin’s generous leave entitlements, you will also be able to make use of Curtin’s TOIL/Flexi-time system that will provide you with flexible arrangements to take added leave.

As this is a continuing (permanent) role, you will require permanent work rights in Australia to be considered.

Your new role
As a Technical Operations Coordinator supporting Mechanical Engineering, you will coordinate the day-to-day operational requirements of the laboratory and workshop spaces, ensuring effective space allocation for classes and/or research projects.

You’ll provide leadership to the team, fostering and encouraging a positive work environment through the provision of mentoring, training, development, and performance management.

You’ll work with and support the Technical Operations Manager (TOM) and Head of School (HOS) with resource and staff planning to ensure adequate skills coverage to meet the area’s operational objectives.

You will play an important role in ensuring that occupational health and safety regulations and specific statutory requirements related to the area’s activities are followed. Developing, implementing, and maintaining standard operating procedures for all aspects of the laboratory and workshop operations.
No two days are the same, this is an active and engaging role where you will be able to put your strong problem-solving skills to the test.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate daily operations in workshops, laboratories and research facilities, optimising space and resources for classes and projects.
  • Lead and mentor a team, enhancing their skills and fostering a collaborative, positive work environment.
  • Uphold and enforce strict safety standards and occupational health and safety policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Manage maintenance and servicing of laboratory equipment and facilities.
  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures and oversee safety and purpose in the design of new equipment or systems.
  • Engage with key stakeholders including faculty members, students, and external suppliers.
  • Contribute to the planning, design, modification or refurbishment of technical facilities and equipment.
  • Oversee the design and development of equipment or systems or experiment apparatus in regard to safety and purpose.
  • Grant access, coordinate inductions and liaise with Security to allow students into restricted areas.
Who You Are:
  • You hold a relevant degree in Mechanical Engineering or have significant experience and expertise in a Mechanical Trade, technical or laboratory management.
  • Proven leadership capabilities with experience managing technical staff and facilities.
  • Strong organisational skills with a knack for timely and efficient task completion.
  • Expert in handling laboratory equipment and safety protocols with a commitment to occupational health and safety.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and communication skills.
Why Choose Us?

We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. 

  • Global Excellence: Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2024 rankings.
  • Rewards Beyond Salary:Enjoy the perks of a generous superannuation contribution (17%) with cash out options*, locality allowance, customisable salary packaging benefits through Paywise; as well as Hotel and Health Insurance discounts.
  • Time Well-Spent:Experience the added value of 17.5% Leave Loading, with the option to be paid out or taken as additional leave. Benefit from Parental Leave (26 weeks for the primary caregiver), Annual Leave (20 days), Personal Leave (14 days), Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Leave (5 days)*, Study Leave, and Community Service Leave. Plus 18% more observed days off - enjoy 12 Public Holidays each year (including Easter Tuesday!), and 2 extra University Days over the Christmas/New Year Period (see EBA 51.1 and 51.9).
  • Recognition for Prior Service:Curtin recognises prior service for long service leave purposes. New Curtin employees may be* eligible if they have worked for an Australian University, public service or other recognised institution.

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Join us!
Please provide a cover letter (2 pages max), and your CV addressing the selection criteria to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

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Embark on a fulfilling career, contributing to world-class research and education in a globally recognised institution. Join Curtin University—where integrity, excellence, and teamwork are valued. Let’s innovate and inspire together. Apply today!

Applications close: Sunday 16 June 2024, 2:30PM AWST

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working with Children Check.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).
Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time

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