Research and Development Officer

Research and Development Officers assist in planning, research and development of electrotechnology products and services.

Personal requirements of a Research and Development Officer may include:

  • Good communications skills
  • Good maths and science
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good hand-eye coordination

Research and Development Officers may complete the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the planning of a research project
  • Contribute to the conduct of a research project
  • Contribute to the development of a Product/Application/Service
  • Contribute to the trial of a Product/Application/Service
  • Contribute to Intellectual Property Management
  • Contribute to the commercialisation of a Product/Application/Service
  • Maintain documentation
  • Source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs
  • Provide quotations for installation or service jobs
  • Deliver a service to customers
  • Use basic computer applications relevant to a workplace
  • Comply with scheduled and preventative maintenance program processes
  • Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus
  • Implement & monitor, policies & procedures for environmentally sustainable electrotech work practice
  • Contribute to the trial of a product/application/service
  • Analyse materials for suitability in equipment
  • Design energy management controls for electrical installations in buildings
  • Solve problems in complex multiple path circuits
  • Contribute to risk management in electrotechnology systems
  • Develop strategies to address sustainability issues
  • Modify/redesign of electronics and communications systems
  • Write specifications for electrotechnology projects
  • Assist in commissioning process control systems
  • Design and produce business documents
  • Find and repair faults in d.c. electrical appartus
  • Carry out electrical field testing and report findings
  • Find and repair faults in remote control apparatus
  • Prepare specifications for the supply of materials and equipment for electrotechnology projects
  • Estimate electrotechnology projects
  • Dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
  • Solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits
  • Solve problems in multiple path d.c. circuits
  • Fix and secure equipment
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules and manuals
  • Solve problems in electromagnetic circuits

Entry requirements may vary but most employers require Year 10 and some may prefer Year 12. Experience required includes an electrical apprenticeship or traineeship at certificate level (e.g. Diploma of Research and Development).