Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Supervising Communications Technical Officer (SCTO)

As the Supervising Communications Technical Officer (SCTO), I will be in charge of the Communications Centre at Mawson station and I will supervise the Communications Technical Officers performing installation, maintenance, repair and operations work. In addition to the supervisory role, I will carry out routine and complex telecommunications installation, maintenance and repair tasks and operate communications equipment.

What will I actually do on the job?
Under broad direction from the Telecommunications Manager in Hobart, I will:
 Maintain highly complex telecommunications equipment, systems and facilities at Mawson station.
 Maintain IT infrastructure and equipment at Mawson station, including the provision of a helpdesk service to other expeditioners.
 Operate radio equipment for communication with field parties, aircraft, ships and small watercraft.
 Maintain radio masts, antennas and associated cabling/feeder systems. This may include climbing masts up to 50m high to maintain antennas.
 Maintain miscellaneous electronic office and amenities facilities, including audio-visual equipment.
 Provide support to science programs, including Geoscience Australia, Ionospheric Prediction Service and Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.
In addition to the above responsibilities, I will also oversee the management and implementation of the efficient and effective installation, maintenance, repair and operation of the telecommunications systems, infrastructure and equipment at Mawson station.

As well as these specific job roles I will also be required to, in common with all other expeditioners, perform duties rostered by the station leader to support the community life of the expedition, such as general kitchen duties, garbage clearance, water duties, and assisting other expedition members with official programs.

Having marine qualifications, I will also be involved in marine activities using inflatable rubber boats (IRBs) and LARCs (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo). These are used for cargo and personnel transfers, search and rescue and designated science activities.

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