Pump Fitter

Tweed Shire Council Full Time Permanent 22/09/2022

We are seeking a trade qualified pump fitter who is passionate about providing secure, reliable, affordable, sustainable and high quality high-quality drinking water supply and wastewater services to our community and protection of the environment.

As a Pump Fitter as part of our Water and Wastewater Operations team, you will undertake the installation, maintenance, repair and upgrade of water supply and sewerage facilities, pumping equipment, fixed plant and mechanical equipment. This equipment is located at numerous treatment plants, pumping stations, reservoirs, and along the water and sewer networks across the Shire. These are essential services and the community expects a high level of reliability and environmental protection. You will also experience variety by providing mechanical and fitting services to other sections of Council on occasions.

The position is required to be part of a shared "On Call" rotating roster, to provide emergency response to mechanical breakdown of critical water supply and sewerage plant and equipment. To achieve this you must reside within our on-call boundary or within approximately 30 minutes travel time of your starting depot or plant during your rostered on-call period (further information can be provided upon request).

What's on offer:

  • working within a team environment
  • an attractive base salary ranging from $1,132.44 per week with competency based increments up to $1,297.46 per week, plus 10.5% super
  • 38 hour week, 9 day fortnight
  • training and development opportunities
  • flexible work options for a healthy work/life balance
  • generous employment conditions (we have too many to list - click here for more).

We are seeking: 

  • a trade certificate in Fitting and Machining or a Mechanical field with a broad range of trade skills related to the water industry
  • knowledge of a broad range of mechanical equipment and processes found in today’s sophisticated water and sewerage treatment and transport facilities
  • a current drivers licence class C or equivalent (MR license desirable)
  • ability to supervise and direct staff (including apprentices and assistants), to work unsupervised and to assess and plan works
  • ability to work in confined spaces, unhygienic and potentially high risk environments
  • demonstrated knowledge of workplace safety procedures.

About us:

  • Located on the picturesque far North Coast of NSW, bordering the Gold Coast.
  • The Tweed is a vibrant, diverse location offering a lifestyle near the water, in a rainforest or on a farm.  
  • Tweed Shire Council is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in both traditional and non-traditional roles.
  • Join an employer of choice. Professionals Australia (Local Government Engineers’ Association) has named Council the 2021 Employer of Choice for our great employment practices within NSW local government. 

Where it's located:

This position is based in Chinderah, and can be directed to work from any Council work site.

Position closes: 

Friday 07 October 2022 at 12 noon sharp (NSW time).  Late applications will not be permitted.

Click here to view the Position Description 

Click here for more information on the Recruitment Process

Click here to view our Values

Pre-Employment Screening:

Tweed Shire Council conducts pre-employment assessments as part of its recruitment process. 

Job offers are not made until screening has been completed. Tweed Shire Council uses third-party providers to undertake:

  • Pre-employment medical – some roles require a functional (physical) assessment, and all positions are subject to drug and alcohol screening (a positive test result means the recruitment process ends and your application will not be considered).
  • Background screening - verifies that the information you have provided throughout the recruitment process is true and correct.  Click here for more information.

Reference Checks are undertaken by the panel. Your 2 referees should ideally be your current and most recent supervisors.  Your referees are not contacted unless you’ve been interviewed and are a preferred candidate.


This position is identified as at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable/manageable diseases and as a consequence impacted employees are strongly recommended to participate in Council’s workplace vaccination program. 

How To Apply:

You must use your own email address, and not one used previously by another person that has applied for a position with council.

Once you start your online application, you cannot save and return to it later. 

You may wish to prepare your responses in a Word document. You can then COPY and PASTE your answers from Word into the below fields.

  1. Have your Resume document ready to go.
  2. Fill out all questions below. Click 'Next'.  For tips on how to address the selection criteria, click here
  3. You'll then be prompted to attach your resume and other documents (if applicable). Click 'Next'.
  4. Review your application to confirm everything is correct. Click 'Confirm' to submit your application.

If you'd like to COPY and PASTE selection criteria fields into a separate Word document to work on over time, please find them listed below:


  • Please provide examples of how you use job instructions, operation and maintenance manuals, complete and maintain work records and reports as part of your current work. Please ensure these examples describe your level of literacy and numeracy competence.
  • Are you eligible to hold a Trade Certificate in the field of Fitting and Machining or Mechanical field?
  • Current Vehicle Licence – Car.
  • Please detail your demonstrated knowledge of workplace safety procedures.
  • Please outline your experience in supervision of staff (including Assistants or Apprentices)?
  • Please outline your experience in working unsupervised when you have needed to assess and plan works.
  • Please detail your demonstrated ability to work in Confined Spaces, unhygienic and potentially high risk environments.
  • Please tell us about a time you needed to communicate with Supervisors and Engineers to solve a problem. What was the problem, what did you do about it and what was the outcome?
  • If you are unfamiliar with a piece of equipment and associated processes, what is your approach to the situation in developing your technical skills and knowledge?
  • Please outline your ability to meet the requirements of 24 hour “on call” emergency response service including the ability to be contacted outside of normal hours and be able to respond to emergency work within times specified by Council policies.  Please detail your experience in on call emergency response work.


  • General Construction Induction Card (White Card).
  • Current Confined Space Entry Certificate.
  • Current Electrical Disconnect/Reconnect Certificate.
  • Current Vehicle Licence – Medium Rigid.
  • Current Dogman Certificate.
  • Crane Operators Certificate.





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