Australia’s aerospace industry is increasingly creating jobs that are out of this world.
The federal government last year announced Australia would develop its own space agency, something New Zealand already has.
The move is expected to create thousands of new jobs but will be a challenge in attracting the right talent. Australia’s existing aerospace industry, with about 1000 active companies, has been growing annually at 10% since the 1990s.
“The development of our own space agency makes sense given our strong track record in R & D and science,” says Chris McDonald, managing director Australia-New Zealand of global jobs site Indeed.
“It’s certainly an exciting prospect that will help us keep some of our best and brightest here in Australia.”
Here’s Indeed top 5 picks for current aerospace jobs:
Satellite star. Fleet Space Technologies is building a network of nanosatellites to deliver a global service for the Internet of Things. It wants to hire a principal satcom engineer for early stage design and testing of spacecraft communications payloads. A masters degree or PhD required and 10+ years working experience with satellite communications for this Adelaide-based position.
Helping Hercules. Lockheed Martin is seeking an aeronautical engineer to work in Richmond NSW in a role that will provide manufacturing, flight line and trial kit installation support for the RAAF’s C130J Hercules aircraft and its infrared countermeasures system. The successful applicant must hold or be eligible to obtain a US Government secret security clearance. Two-year contract on competitive salary.
Keep things spinning. Boeing Defence Australia, which is responsible for the development and support of the Australian Navy and Army Joint Helicopter School, is looking for a senior maintenance manager to help deliver an elite training capability. Based at Nowra in NSW, the successful applicant will execute the flight operations and maintenance support for the helicopter fleet.
Career take-off. A chance for a junior commercial pilot to join QantasLink as a trainee first officer. Options to be based out of Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Mildura or Sydney. Must have at least 250 hours aeronautical experience and be willing and able to pass a drug and alcohol test.
The pointy end. The school of mathematics and physics in the University of Queensland has a PhD scholarship opportunity in the field of nanomechanical computing to develop logical processors based on mechanical vibrations for use in aerospace and satellite technologies. Successful applicant will receive a tax-free stipend of $27,082. Proposed start date March 1.