Principal Engineer

Department of Mines, Industry, Regulations and Safety

Location: Cannington

Job Type: Full time


An exciting opportunity is available in our Plant and Engineering Team located at our Cannington Office.

About us

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) supports a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector.

We lead with integrity, deliver on commitments, strive for excellence, and look for better ways of doing things.

Underlying everything we do are our values of being respectful, responsive, forward-thinking, transparent, fair, and ethical – these are driven by our staff who make DMIRS a success.

To learn more about the Department and what we have to offer, please visit our website.

The position

Focus your career on making a difference to people’s lives. This is an excellent position where you can share your knowledge and experience with others, and make an impact on improving workplace safety.

As the Principal Engineer, you will manage a team conducting sensitive and complex investigations relevant to plant and engineering, enforce the work health and safety legislation and provide technical advice on plant and engineering in the workplace. The Plant and Engineering Team mainly deals with plant scheduled under the work health and safety laws, such as cranes, pressure vessels, amusement devices, lifts, hoists, elevating work platforms and concrete placing booms.

In addition, the role contributes to other Directorate initiatives including planning, risk management and stakeholder engagement.

This position is located in Cannington (however, you may be required to work at other sites as required). Enjoy onsite lifestyle facilities, including bike lockers, fully equipped change rooms, personal lockers and a cafe.

Need further info?

Click on the Job Description Form (JDF) below or contact Sally North, Director WorkSafe Service Industries and Specialists on (08) 6251 2311.

What are we looking for?

You must have a degree in engineering or equivalent qualification, and be eligible for membership with Engineers Australia. Due to the nature of the team’s work, qualifications in mechanical engineering are desirable.

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a detailed CV and covering letter (of no more than 2 pages) addressing the following:

  1. Demonstrated experience in conducting very complex investigations relevant to plant and engineering in the workplace.
  2. Demonstrated ability to identify and respond to the most complex emerging issues and trends relevant to plant and engineering in the workplace.
  3. Demonstrates appropriate leadership behaviour, takes responsibility, promotes accountability and motivates others.

Ready to join our team?

Click ‘Apply for job’ below, complete the online application form and attach documentation as requested above in the “what are we looking for?” section.

Need some help with how to apply?

How to apply videos

We have also prepared an Applicant Information Pack attached below. You can also contact Mala Naidoo, Human Resources Officer on (08) 9222 3131 or email for information about employment conditions and the application process.

All requirements, capabilities and pre-employment checks listed on the attached JDF will be assessed as part of the selection process.

Other benefits

  • Great work/life balance through flexible working arrangements and leave options.
  • Opportunities for professional development.
  • An award-winning Health and Wellbeing program.
  • Salary packaging options.

Supporting a diverse workforce

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve and inclusive culture where all employees feel valued, respected and connected. Our workforce's diversity is our strength; it enhances our ability to be forward-thinking and responsive in the services we deliver to the Western Australian community.

Suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and youth may be given priority consideration over non diversity group applicants to achieve public sector outcomes. People with disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

To keep up to date on activities and opportunities within the department you can follow us on Linked.

Whilst this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other "similar" vacancies for appointment (permanent, fixed term, full-time or part time) throughout the department for the next twelve (12) months.

CLOSING DATE: 4:00pm on Monday, 10 April 2023 (WST)

Your application submission must be complete by the closing time, applications that are in progress or submitted after this time will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted on time.

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