Road Maintenance Operator at Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA)

  • Permanent Intermediate position

  • Pinelands, Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2143732 | Ref 2635

  • Posted 11 Sep 2017

About the Position

SKA SA requires a Road Maintenance Operator to join our team in Carnarvon, Northern Cape. The incumbent will be responsible for the maintenance of the roads on SKA property (This is a Supervisory/Operator position).

Minimum education requirement:

  • Grade 10
  • Valid EC vehicle license (Professional Driving Permit)
  • Valid certificate to operate a Grader
  • Valid certificate to operate a Backhoe / Loader (TLB)

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5 plus years' experience in operating earth moving equipment and maintaining roads

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal qualities:

  • Grade 12

Duties include (but not limited) to:

  • Perform a variety of skilled maintenance and construction work on telescope access roads, farms roads, secondary roads, fire breaks, auxiliary structures, and rights-of-way
  • Ensuring adherence to all safety regulations and procedures
  • Provide lead worker oversight to less experienced operators
  • Perform maintenance on road maintenance vehicles and equipment

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • work safely and effectively around the public
  • maintain cooperative working relationships
  • perform physical labour with a variety of hand tools
  • demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population
  • write and read
  • learn to maintain a farm property, facilities, vehicles and equipment


  • electrical and mechanical systems and operations
  • and ability to apply stringent safety rules for construction, maintenance and operation

About The Employer

The South African SKA Project (SKA SA) is a project of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF). SKA SA is responsible for coordinating Africa's involvement in the design and construction of the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, the design and construction of the Karoo Array Radio Telescope (MeerKAT) and the African VLBI Network (AVN), as well as the development of skills required to design, build and operate these instruments.

As a business unit of the NRF, SKA SA is committed to employment equity and redress

Type of employment: Permanent

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