OPAL Systems Engineer - Mechanical

Position Overview

  • Ongoing | Full Time | $87k - $116k +15.4% super
  • Exciting opportunity for a qualified Mechanical Engineer to work in a unique nuclear reactor facility

About the Opportunity

The OPAL System Engineer is a key role in relation to OPAL asset performance management, ensuring that operating, maintenance and capital investment strategies for the OPAL reactor are optimised through sound decision making and planning, and continuously improved through feedback of operating experience and data. It also includes a level of responsibility for the engineering design and configuration of allocated plant systems to support safety, reliability and maintainability requirements. As the organisation’s nominated resident expert, the System Engineer has an appropriate level of expertise in relation to allocated plant systems and equipment, with an overall understanding of the drivers and limitations of system reliability and the ability to provide sound technical support and advice to operations and maintenance functions.

About You

"This role is a challenging hands-on engineering role in a unique world class nuclear facility. Our strong regulatory environment and dedication to safety means we are looking for someone with a strong safety culture and commitment to quality in addition to solid technical engineering ability.” Andrew Frikken, OPAL Engineering Manager

Your Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assume delegated responsibility for engineering design and configuration, and for providing decision support on maintenance and capital investment strategies, for allocated asset systems.
  • Formulate and document recommended maintenance and capital investment strategies for relevant OPAL systems in collaboration with asset managers and other stakeholders.
  • Prepare and review documentation and systems to support the delivery of maintenance strategies including maintenance plans, work instructions, spare parts requirements, technical manuals, data and information.
  • Prepare, review and present capital investment cases for relevant asset acquisition, upgrade and renewal projects.
  • Undertake assigned plant modification projects in accordance with project management, technical and change control requirements
  • Monitor the effectiveness maintenance strategy implementation, review and assess asset condition and health data, proactively identify and act on risks and opportunities for improvement.


Please click here to view the Position Description.

About Us

ANSTO leverages great science to deliver big outcomes.  We partner with scientists and engineers and apply new technologies to provide real-world benefits.  Our work improves human health, saves lives, builds our industries and protects the environment.  ANSTO is the home of Australia's most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research.  Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.

Benefits of Working with Us

ANSTO employees are passionate about what they do. We enjoy being part of an organisation making a difference in the lives of Australians. 

We support and reward our employees through eligibility for:

  • Training, development and mentoring opportunities 
  • Performance based salary increases 
  • Work-life balance with generous leave entitlements and flexible conditions


If you want to join a world class organisation that's making a difference in the lives of Australians, apply now!

How to Apply

For further technical information relating to this position please refer to the Position Description or contact Andrew Frikken on (02) 9717 3806. For all other queries please contact Talent Acquisition on (02) 9717 9912.


To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and pre-employment medical assessment.


Application closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 2 April 2023


All applicants must be Australian citizens.


In order to solve great challenges, we need great minds and great teams. At ANSTO, we understand that diverse teams produce better outcomes and we value the merit that a diverse perspective can bring to our team. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primary carers, those with a disability, and women in STEM. ANSTO is a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is proudly taking action to create a gender-inclusive workforce.