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Trades Assistant



Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023

Goterra is a Canberra Ag-Tech startup company that designs and builds modular infrastructure (MIB) to process food waste using insects. We're looking for energetic and motivated Trades Assistants/Service Technicians to join our manufacturing team at our facility in Hume, ACT. If you're looking for interesting hands-on work and love the idea of working on innovative and ground breaking machinery that is making a real difference in the world, this could be the job for you.


You are passionate about climate change, believe in our mission, and align with our purpose and values. Ideally, you will meet the role-specific requirements, but if you think you have what it takes yet don't necessarily meet the job description, please still apply, we'd still love to hear from you.

We’re looking for people who:

  • Have a strong growth mindset and can learn from mistakes and setbacks
  • Value diversity and take pride in being part of a multidisciplinary team who value different peoples, perspectives, and ideas
  • Understand how to collaborate with different people in a variety of different roles
  • Have high levels of Integrity, dependability, attention to detail, acceptance of challenging goals, cooperation, flexibility, and persistence
  • Have strong communication skills with the ability to build and maintain effective professional relationships


Your duties include but are not limited to:

    • Conduct daily service inspection of robotic unit and supporting mechanical infrastructure
    • Conduct mechanical, electrical and electronic system checks
    • Operate robotic machinery via PLC / user interface
    • Operate pumps and other machinery to manage material flow through the system
    • Undertake basic fault finding and troubleshooting in response to service issues
    • Remove material contaminants and blockages if needed
    • Document service incidents and responses
    • Communicate service status updates to delivery team
  • Strong mechanical and problem solving skills
  • Experience with pumps and/or hydraulic systems and/or HMI (preferred)
  • Experience with PLCs and/or user interface for operation of machinery (preferred)
  • Physical ability to undertake tasks associate with the role
  • Flexible and adaptable nature with a high level of initiative and ownership
  • Yellow Card or RIIHAN301B-Operate Elevated Work Platform (preferred)
  • Ability to use digital messaging and communication platforms
  • Mechanical Trade Certificate III - Diesel, Automotive or Plant Mechanic or equivalent (preferred)
  • A valid driver’s licence and reliable transport
  • Unrestricted rights to live and work in this location

Benefits of working at Goterra:

  • Goterra is a leading waste management technology startup that was instrumental in developing national regulation for insect protein production - we’re leading the way in this emerging industry
  • Be part of a diverse and multidisciplinary team doing exciting and ground breaking work, alongside people who believe in what they’re doing and are aligned in mission and purpose
  • You'll be paid above award rates, with generous conditions including paid employer parental leave, welfare packs, leave to volunteer in your community, the opportunity to take part on our ESOP scheme, and great learning and development opportunities
  • You'll have the chance to make a real impact on stopping one of the leading causes of climate change, every day. Literally, we’re doing it right now, as you read this

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive organisation and encourage applications from anyone with passion for our mission, particularly from women, veterans, people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ community, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds