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The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues.? Established in 1879, the museum includes the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre. The Museum is custodian to over half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia.

The Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta is one of the largest cultural infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in Australia.? The project will transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions and carry forward its legacy to reflect the changing needs of the contemporary communities of NSW. A key element of the project is the relocation and digitisation of the Museum collection.

The opportunity

As the Senior Conservator, Large Technology Objects, you will be responsible for leading a team to dismantle, prepare and oversee the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum’s large and very large objects.

There are approximately 30 large and very large technology objects in the Powerhouse Museum’s Collection which includes trains, planes, steam engines, vehicles and the very significant Boulton & Watt Steam Engine. You can learn more about the items in the Powerhouse Collection at

Day to day, you will:

  • Manage a project team to successfully oversee the relocation of approximately 30 large and very large objects.
  • Develop project plans for the dismantle and relocation of each of the Museum’s large and very large objects (such as aircraft, trains, vehicles and engines).
  • Dismantle large and very large objects in preparation for their relocation, which includes cleaning and conserving objects and their parts.
  • Collaborate with colleagues working across the relocation project to schedule object movements.
The Successful Candidate

We are looking for a person who has experience as an engineer or technician responsible for installing, maintaining or deinstalling very large technology such as steam engines, aircraft, trains, large vehicles.

This role requires the physical capability to operate machinery, vehicles, heavy equipment, power tools and work at heights including climbing ladders and scaffolding.

In addition, you will hold (or be willing to obtain) tickets in:

  • Construction General Induction (White Card)
  • Drivers Licence
  • Forklift Licence
  • Elevated Work Platforms (Yellow Card)

For more information or to apply visit JobsNSW.