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Job Title AMI Communications Field Technician - Fixed Term until December 2018
Closing Date 22-Sep-2017
Department Service Delivery

What our team likes about working with UE?

  • Opportunity to work on real strategies which contribute to the overall business objectives
  • Autonomy provided and empowered to put your skills and experience to full use
  • Interaction across all business units and a culture where information is the corner stone to achieve our goals

Who are we?

At UE we have a clear plan for the future as we work together to serve our electricity customers across Melbourne’s inner, eastern and south eastern suburbs as well as the Mornington Peninsula. These customers expect safe and reliable energy supply and it’s our job to deliver it, in an efficient and effective way.

We are building a new culture, underpinned by values which include safety, respect, collaboration, accountability, empowerment and communication.  This is an exciting time for our business and we are looking for people who are ready to make a difference.

What is involved in the role of the AMI Communications Field Technician? 

Reporting to the AMI Operations Manager, the Communications Field Technician is a specialist, technology focused role responsible for identifying, investigating and diagnosing operational issues associated with the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) through to their completion.  The focus of the role is to:

  • Undertake advanced metering infrastructure issue investigation and resolution
  • Maintain business continuity, compliance and security standards via thorough procedural execution and accurate record keeping.
  • Engage in and execute a program for continuous improvement

As the AMI Communications Field Technician, what can you expect to do?

The key responsibilities of the Communications Field Technician position are:

Advanced Metering Infrastructure Issue Investigation and Resolution

  • Working on a leading edge mesh radio networks and associated tools, the field technician will routinely complete AMI network management systems checks and identify faults and issues requiring investigation.
  • Undertake investigations including cross system checks and validation to confirm the origin of the issue and determine if further field diagnosis is required
  • Undertake field diagnosis including on site investigations of radio communications equipment and electricity meters (which include communications interfaces) to determine root cause analysis and initiate remedial works as is appropriate
  • Where remedial works are required the field tech will create work orders and service tickets to ensure works are completed and issues are resolved ahead of service level requirements – namely resolution of specific meter communications and data collection issues within 72 hours
  • Track issues and works through to completion

Maintain Business Continuity, Compliance and Security

  • Undertake thorough procedural execution and maintain accurate record keeping, including but not limited to:
  • Routine application of approved procedures and work instructions to ensure communications network and associated devices (meter, HAN, etc) maintain compliance with standards
  • Complete record keeping and tracking of identified issues so that issues can be managed through their life cycle across the operations team (eg handover mid issue life cycle) and emerging trends can be diagnosed.
  • Proactive detection and investigation of potential network or device security incidents
  • Maintain the security of equipment issued and accessed in support of the role and notify the AMI Operations Manager in the event that the security of this equipment is compromised (ie lost, stolen or misused)

Develop and Execute a Program for Continuous Improvement

  • Initiates process improvement and or develops procedures that enhance the outcomes, efficiency or quality to enable continuous improvement in operations
  • Escalate patterns of issues that may be systemic of underlying trends through problem tickets for further engineering analysis
  • Pursue operational excellence for ongoing AMI Operations
  • Contribute to ongoing testing activities to meet both project and BAU testing requirements, including managing the liaison with external service providers for the delivery of selected testing services.

What are we looking for in you?

As the AMI Communications Field Technician you will have strong skills across aspects of technology operations and field-based support.


  • Tertiary qualification in Information Communications Technology or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in radio communication systems support and or maintenance
  • A strong understanding of wireless IP communications and protocols
  • A proven track record of problem determination and resolution
  • Excellent communication skills (written, presentation and verbal)
  • Ability to document and apply formal procedures and processes
  • Strong record keeping skills
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely and produce professional reports
  • Demonstrated experience in an operational environment, including the ability to operate successfully both as a individual operative and in a multi-discipline / multi-vendor team.


  • Knowledge of smart meters, metering applications or AMI infrastructure
  • Utilities experience would be advantageous
  • Strong customer focus
  • Electrical certification relevant to installing or maintaining meters.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships and work as a team player

Our Culture

To ensure we achieve this vision, we are cultivating a high achievement culture, with values we live every day, including collaboration, communication, empowerment, accountability, safety and respect.

Why join United Energy?

  • Attractive Employee Benefits
  • Dynamic engagement between key internal and external stakeholders
  • Influence and shape a progressive organisation

How to apply?

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