Mechanical Engineer

Macquarie University
February 20, 2024
Offerd Salary:$104,726 to $113,545
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Contract Type:3 years fixed-term
Working Time:Full time
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- Salary Package: from $104,726 to $113,545 per annum (HEW Level 7), plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading - Appointment Type: full-time, 3 years fixed-term - Location: Macquarie University Wallumattagal Campus, North Ryde


Australian Astronomical Optics - Macquarie (AAO-MQ) is seeking a qualified Mechanical Engineer to take a lead role on various innovative projects as well as oversee their technical direction and design. They will work collaboratively with teams across AAO-MQ to resolve engineering and technical challenges, and ensure projects are delivered against their agreed timelines.

Reporting to the Mechanical Engineering Group Leader, you will:

  • Develop concepts, system and subsystem level mechanical designs and parts drawings for instrument projects

  • Produce documentation for project proposals, reviews, subsystem analysis and tests, and for instrument operation and maintenance manuals.

  • Perform structural, kinematic, vibration, and thermal analyses through FEA and other analytical techniques.

  • Develop alignment, assembly, and test plans for the verification and acceptance of mechanical and opto-mechanical components, sub-systems, and instruments

  • Provide mentoring, advice, and guidance to junior members of the team, and work collaboratively with other AAO teams to resolve engineering and technical challenges.

  • Develop technical specifications for procurements and evaluate the market for parts, products, assemble, test mechanical parts and components of instruments.

  • About You

    You will have completed Masters or Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a closely related discipline. You will have deep and broad experience as a specialist technical Mechanical Engineer with excellent skills in CAD design as well as mechanical drawing and have a passion in analysis for precision mechanical engineering. You will be experienced in opto-mechanics for scientific or technical instrumentation or very closely related fields. You are an excellent communicator with a proactive nature, flexible and you enjoy working individually or working as part of a larger team.

    About Us

    Over many decades, AAO has established an enviable reputation for its precision engineering capability and expertise within astronomy instrumentation across optical, mechanical and electronic precision engineering. We are excited to take a significant role in leading and growing Australia's strength in astronomical instrumentation, partnering with the Australian National University and the University of Sydney under the banner of Astralis Instrumentation Consortium.

    The AAO-MQ works in a matrix structure with close collaboration across all its functional groups. There is a strong emphasis on communities of practice and a shared culture of learning and innovation. As part of our expansive new vision, AAO-MQ's team of experts will build on the University's existing strengths in astronomy, photonics, laser technology, microfabrication, applied optics and sensing communications. This is with the aim of increasing industry engagement, identifying opportunities to apply AAO-MQ's expertise to medicine and defence, and expanding its presence in the fields of optics and sensing, in addition to the ongoing mission of world-leading excellence in astronomical instrumentation.

    Macquarie University is located in the leafy northern suburbs of Sydney, with excellent public transport links. The campus features large green open spaces, fantastic campus facilities, such as the Sport and Aquatic Centre and onsite childcare. Benefits of working at Macquarie University include a well-defined career path, generous leave entitlements, and excellent 17% superannuation contributions.

    To Apply

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


  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Mechanical Engineering and extensive experience working in a relevant discipline

  • Experience in geometric design using CAD software, production of parts drawings for manufacture of precision mechanical components

  • Experience in structural, kinematic, vibration, and/or thermal analyses through FEA and other analytical techniques

  • Experience in assembly and test of mechanical parts and components

  • Demonstrated capacity and enthusiasm to work in collaborative teams, and to communicate effectively on technical matters and ancillary project attributes to peers and supporting stakeholders, including relevant documentation and record keeping.

  • Desirable

  • Proven track record in opto-mechanics for scientific or technical instrumentation

  • Knowledge of and/or training in systems engineering practises for technical projects

  • Experience in mentoring team members and developing high performing teams

  • Demonstrated capacity to engage professionally with clients, present and articulate design options, trade-off constraints and opportunities

  • Role Enquiries: Helen McGregor, Mechanical Engineering Manager at [email protected]

    General Recruitment Enquiries : Rebecca Phillips, HR Consultant at [email protected]

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    20/02/2024 11:59 PM

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