First listed on: 17 September 2021
Senior Mechatronics Engineer for Additive Manufacturing Development


EL 1 (S&T Level 5)
$106,074 - $119,651 (plus super)
Fishermans Bend - VIC

The Role

The Senior Mechatronics Engineer for Additive Manufacturing Development (SME) under broad direction from the Mechanical and Electronic Principal Engineers Research Engineering, is responsible for the development and implementation of the additive manufacturing capability, including both equipment and software strategies, located at DST Fishermans Bend. The additive manufacturing capability will be developed in partnership with DSTG subject matter experts in order to satisfy the needs of the DSTG wider research program in advanced functional materials and rapid proto-typing.

The SME is required to develop mechatronic and software solutions enabling research activities utilising DSTG’s multi-material 3D printing capability and the use of traditional robotics and advanced Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining for rapid prototyping. The SME will be involved with the development of bespoke multi-material and 3D printing strategies and hardware for use on various CNC and robotic platforms. The SME will be responsible for the operation of several multi-material and 3D printing technologies to support the collective needs of the Science and Technology (S&T) program.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of mechatronic hardware systems and software strategies enabling research activities supporting the DSTG multi-material and additive manufacturing research program.
  • Liaise with DSTG subject matter experts in order to understand the key research requirements in multi-material and additive manufacturing and associated hardware/software required to support the associated research activities.
  • Operation and maintenance of the onsite multi-material and additive manufacturing capabilities, from both an equipment and software perspective.
  • Responsible for knowledge sharing in the Additive Manufacturing domain with DSTG staff and partners including sharing advances in hardware interfacing and programming.
  • Manage the delivery of additive manufacturing outputs to DSTG/Defence stakeholders utilising onsite additive manufacturing capabilities.
  • Coordinate reach back to other national sites as required to ensure additive manufacturing services are provided in a timely manner.
  • Work with integrated teams to support multidisciplinary projects with mechatronic engineering contribution.
  • Develop strong positive relationships with the DSTG client base and the Engineering Support Services Contractor, and promote capabilities to support the Defence S&T program.
  • Work with the MIAE to develop strong external relationships and leverage academia, external agencies and industry to deliver S&T outcomes.

About our Team
Research Services Division (RSD) delivers specialist capabilities to the Defence Innovation Science and Technology (IS&T). RSD comprises a professional workforce of highly specialised engineers, technicians, computational scientists and other professional staff who provide a wide range of highly specialised and unique research capability and innovative solutions which provide the advanced research platforms for defence, national security and the wider defence IS&T ecosystem. RSD capabilities accelerate and protect Defence’s science and technology advances and promote a collaborative, compliant, safe and healthy workplace.  

RSD’s work areas include:

  • Emerging digital science capabilities, including computational and data intensive science, research data and information and laboratory and experimental systems
  • Scientific computing including the development and acquisition of a world-class secure High Performance Computing (HPC) capability for advanced modelling and simulation
  • Nationally recognised, unique and novel research engineering capabilities
  • Development and implementation of the Outstanding Research Infrastructure Powering Innovation pillar, a major component of the More Together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030
  • Defence innovation, science and technology compliance, assurance, and sovereignty through complex research safety, research security and scientific resource management.

Research Engineering (RE) branch provides integrated, multi-disciplined, leading edge, rapid response and innovative scientific engineering capability to the Defence S&T program. RE is dedicated to collaborating closely with DSTG researchers while providing valuable support to Defence and National Security operations and provides capabilities across six functional areas: Electronic and Software Engineering; Electronic Fabrication; Micro and Nano Engineering; Mechanical Fabrication; Mechanical Engineering; and Scientific Applied Imaging. Certified to the IOS9001 Quality Management System, RE provides consistent fit for purpose engineering solutions and the application of best business practices.

Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for people who are genuinely interested in the opportunity provided; developing mechatronic and software solutions enabling research activities utilising DSTG’s multi-material 3D printing capability and the use of traditional robotics and advanced CNC machining for rapid prototyping.

We are looking for individuals who can become the leading authority in their domain. They will have an interest in producing high quality work, and seek to continually improve and broaden their skills.

The SME will possess excellent communication skills and will be responsible for liaison with research and technical staff in order to deliver bespoke and novel solutions and methods as well as routine 3D printed components and research hardware.

Application Closing Date: Thursday 30 September 2021                    

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/04343/21 on


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