Maintainer (Telescope Alignment) - 1 Year Contract at Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA)

  • Contract Intermediate position

  • Carnarvon, Northern Cape, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2176948 | Ref 2758

  • Posted 08 Jan 2018

About the Position

SKA SA has an exciting career opportunity for a Maintainer (Telescope Alignment) to join our Carnarvon based team on a one (1) year contract basis. The main purpose of the role is to perform reflective surface alignment (main reflector, sub reflector and receiver indexer) on the MeerKAT telescope.

Minimum education requirement:

  • Grade 12 or relevant collimation experience

Minimum work experience required:

  • 2 years' experience on precision alignment field work in directly related field
  • 1 year experience in Photogrammetry on reflector Antenna Systems

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal qualities:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Cherry picker or similar man-lift license
  • Working at heights certificate

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Perform preventative and/or corrective maintenance tasks on telescopes and other equipment
  • Setup tooling (codes, targets and scale bars) for reflector alignment
  • Conducting quality photogrammetry surveys
  • Work night shifts as required
  • Adjust reflector surfaces

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • operate related alignment equipment, conduct tests and reports data in prescribed formats
  • display strong computer skills
  • self-motivate
  • perform metrology tests/tasks in support of telescope alignment
  • perform calibration and alignment checks by working from schematics, engineering drawings and follow written and verbal instructions
  • work independently and in a team environment
  • read, understand and work to applicable procedures and processes
  • communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing)


  • V-stars
  • INCA camera
  • installation and adjustment of electro-mechanical components
  • Theodolite, Total Station and Laser Tracker measurements


  • data processing

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: Contract

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