Electrician & Instrument Electrician

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Overview of the role

As an Electrician you will install, operate and maintain a station's primary diesel generation power source and associated electrical reticulation systems, including all refrigeration plant, the building monitoring and control system (BMCS) and the automatic fire detection/alarm systems. You will also assist other trades as required.

In addition to the Electrician's role, an Instrument Electrician will also be responsible for installing, tuning and maintaining instrumentation and SCADA systems for complex plant such as reverse osmosis units, waster water treatment plant and wind turbines.

Electricians can be employed in either summer or winter jobs; shorter winter opportunities may also arise. Electricians are employed at all three Antarctic stations as well as Macquarie Island.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the application kit below. You might also like to read more about working as an Electrician in Antarctica.

Employment conditions

Salary and allowances

The annual base salary (while in Australia) for Electrician is $64,376 per annum ($2,468 per fortnight before tax).

The annual base salary (while in Australia) for Instrument Electrician is $72,287 per annum ($2,771 per fortnight before tax).

Additional allowances totalling $59,186 per annum are payable while working in Antarctica.


A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.

Recreation leave

You will accrue recreation leave at the equivalent of 20 days per annum pro rata. Please note that recreation leave is not available in Antarctica, but will be paid out on return to Australia.


To discuss your application, please ring 1800 030 755 for general information or contact Andrew Plumridge on (03) 6232 3234 for position specific matters.


To be eligible for consideration you must be either an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or a resident of Australia with a valid visa granting appropriate work rights in Australia.

Application kit

The following documents contain important information you need to know about employment and related issues – please read them carefully.

Please note that if you do not demonstrate that you meet the required skills, knowledge and attributes for the role your application will not be considered further.

This position is not currently open for recruitment. If you would like to be notified when applications open please register your details.