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Engineering Specialist (Communications)

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Work type: Full Time Permanent
Location: ACT, QLD
Categories: Engineering, Technology, Aviation

  • A rewarding Engineering (Communications) Specialist position.
  • Full time permanent position with flexible working conditions
  • 14% superannuation.
  • Brisbane or Canberra based.

The Organisation:

Airservices Australia is a government-owned organisation responsible for the safe and efficient management of 11% of the world’s airspace and provision of aviation rescue fire fighting services at Australia’s busiest airports.

Our people are our greatest asset with a dynamic and diverse team operating from locations across the country - from bustling cities to regional and remote locations, including an island. This team keep Australia’s aviation industry safe every day of the year, both in the air and on the ground.

We connect people with their world safely – linking family and friends, generating economic activity, creating jobs, and facilitating trade and tourism.

Airservices is committed to fostering a culture that is diverse, inclusive, and respectful.  We encourage motivated individuals who love what they do, value a service first mindset and embrace a challenge to explore a career with Airservices. In return you will be a valued team member, be offered flexibility and experience a meaningful career in an exciting, ever-evolving aviation industry.

The Role & The Team:

As an Engineering Specialist (Communications) working on the Aerodrome Platform technology of communication systems, you will be responsible for the technical implementation, sustainment, and enhancements of operational airways systems, ensuring the systems meet agreed technical performance requirements and continue to provide services to industry. Specifically, such systems include voice switching platforms and telecommunications systems providing communication, control and monitoring services to Air Traffic Control, and Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting staff.

The primary system for this position is Airservices Australia’s Audio & Control System, which is employed at all legacy Airservices Australia air traffic control towers and provides voice and airfield monitoring through analogue components and circuitry.

This portfolio of work includes:

  • Perform system design, implementation, performance monitoring, specifying, reporting and analysis and support tasks throughout the system lifecycle in accordance with Airservices safety and system management policies, frameworks, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Apply Systems Engineering and technical oversight throughout the engineering lifecycle, from requirements definition, through design, integration, verification, validation, and support phases of a system for new systems and upgrades to existing systems.
  • Maintain an appropriate level of skills and monitor technology developments in existing and future systems within the Aviation domain.
  • Contribute to engineering reports, specifications, feasibility studies and proposals to determine and recommend changes in the design, performance, or functionality of systems.
  • Manage and control the configuration of systems including hardware, software/firmware, and documentation.

The Aerodrome Platform group in CTEO (Chief Technology Enablement Officer) is responsible for the on-going management, implementation and sustainment of Technology systems that form part of the National Airways System (NAS). Within our remit are systems used across Australia at all airports, aerodromes, and international partners in the aviation industry.

Please see the link below to view the full Position Description: 

Download File Engineering Specialist (Communications).docx

The Person:

This is a fantastic opportunity for an Engineering Specialist to join an amazing team environment.  You will enjoy working in a team due to its diversity and a collaborative and supportive environment that values professionalism, objectivity, and integrity. You will possess demonstrated verbal and written communication skills with the ability to converse on technical matters at all levels of the organisation will be highly beneficial.

The successful applicant will have:


  • A degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering or Information Technology from an Australian tertiary institution, or certified equivalent qualification.
  • An understanding of and demonstrated experience applying Systems Engineering practices throughout the system design, verification, and management processes.
  • Experience in the design, development, testing and implementation of robust and reliable telecommunications systems.  This includes the over-arching aspects of quality assurance and configuration management.
  • A High-level knowledge of analogue voice audio components and circuitry, and analogue DC control and monitoring signalling components and circuitry
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder and vendor management.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of tasks and work as a member of a dynamic team, including ability to work under limited direction to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Strong documentation skills with experience in preparing and reviewing solution architecture documents and system design documents, including alignment to strategies and existing initiatives.

Highly Desirable:

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in relevant area of engineering in accordance with relevant legislation e.g., Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ)


  • Awareness of Information Security Manual (ISM) and demonstrated experience in adhering to ISM principles and applying ISM controls.
  • Awareness of DO-278A guidelines, software assurance levels and relevant processes and artefacts.
  • Experience in designing, maintaining, and supporting technology systems, in particular:
    • N-tier architectures and distributed systems
    • Real-time systems
    • Message handling
    • Internet technologies

Airservices Australia is a diverse and inclusive employer that recognises the benefits of having a workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. We encourage applications from diverse groups including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Security Clearance:

To be eligible to apply, you must be an Australian Citizen as an NV1 level clearance may  be required for this position.

Should you require any further information please contact Greg Kroll - Talent Acquisition Advisor at 

How to Apply: 

To apply for this position please lodge an application online via the “apply link” attaching your resume and a cover letter outlining your skills and experience and how they relate to this role.

Applications close 23rd February 2024 at 6.00 pm AEST.

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