Principal Mechanical Engineer

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Permanent Full Time
Melbourne - Docklands
Engineering, Environment, Operations and Maintenance, Strategy, Project Management

Our Organisation

We love water and love life. What we do makes a vital contribution to Melbourne’s famous lifestyle. We achieve this by supplying high quality drinking water, providing outstanding sewerage services, integrating drainage systems, building resilience to flooding and by enhancing our waterway and land for greater community use. It’s a pride we share in helping to make greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live.

Reporting to the Manager, Water and Sewerage Asset Management you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference and add to our work environment, within a place where you can learn and perform to your fullest potential.

The Role

As the Principal Mechanical Engineer you’ll be responsible for liaising with a team of up to 40 people across Water & Sewerage Asset Management and Planning ensuring effective and efficient investment decision-making to ensure development, implementation and management of Asset Management Plans and Standards to meet strategic and operational objectives.

The Principal Mechanical will join a cohort of technical experts within the Water and Sewerage Asset Management Team at Melbourne Water. As an engineering expert you are a leader within Melbourne Water and are expected to have an advanced understanding of your discipline to manage the portfolio of assets under your responsibility.

We are seeking an engineer that has extensive practical experience and demonstrates strong leadership skills and communication skills; which are crucial in their work. As Principal Mechanical, you will have overall accountability for;

> best practice whole of program delivery and technical leadership in the asset portfolio(s), including continuous improvement and delivering innovative solutions;

> leading effective and efficient investment decision-making to ensure development, implementation and management of Asset Management Plans and Standards to meet strategic and operational objectives;

> ensuring the business is meeting compliance and regulatory obligations of the portfolio(s).

> driving improvements to inspection and maintenance programs and;

> providing technical input and guidance to large scale capital investments in line with strategic objectives.

As a leader you will also be expected to build mechanical engineering technical capability within the Water and Sewerage team as well as wider business and industry through coaching and mentoring.


Make an Impact

Become part of a talented and passionate team dedicated to enhancing life and liveability in Melbourne and beyond. Doing truly meaningful work in a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages you to make the most of your talents.

We provide a range of employee benefits that will make your experience working at Melbourne Water both professionally and personally rewarding.


Melbourne Water is committed to flexible working. We offer a variety of flexible arrangements to suit our employees varied needs and the business, including purchased leave, varied start and finish times, working from alternative locations, part time work and 9-day fortnights. We understand that Melbourne Water and our customers benefit from enabling our employees to achieve balance in work and life.


Growth & Development

We’re a curious bunch at Melbourne Water and relish any opportunity to learn something new. We are in the business of enhancing life and liveability, which lends itself to re-imagining what’s possible and challenging the status quo. We offer a variety of learning opportunities; from formal development programs, digital learning content and lunch & learns; to visiting our sites and getting to see our initiatives and projects first hand. We believe that learning happens every day, so we support our people to continuously learn and experiment in the flow of their work, designing their own development path.


Our people are passionate, welcoming and inclusive. We welcome applications from everyone, including people with disability, mature age and young job seekers, members of the LGBTI+ community, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Melbourne Water welcomes and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Your Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge and interest in the application of mechanical engineering principles to general asset management processes and risk assessment techniques.
  • Experience and knowledge of asset management processes, risk assessment and management techniques, and project and program management.
  • Experience and knowledge of project planning, project management, preparation of business case or other technical documentation
  • Strong financial and commercial acumen skills with exceptional negotiating skills
  • Solid management experience with proven ability to technically mentor individuals.
  • Sound computer proficiency including Asset Management systems.

Your ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders is required together with a Tertiary degree in Mechanical Engineering (alternative but equivalent qualifications may be considered for the role).

For more information, please see the attached Position Description: Download File Position Description-Principal, Asset_Management,_Mechanical.pdf

How to apply

Click on the "apply" button and complete the online application form.

Closing date: Thursday 24th June 2021 at 11:55pm AEST

Please note a Police Check / Health Assessment is required for this position. A clean Victorian drivers license is also required as travel to various sites will also be essential

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