$130,000 – $160,000 package (including super) Full time

About Dohrmann Consulting

Established in 1981, Dohrmann Consulting are Australia’s leading safety and ergonomics experts.  Our mission is to improve the safety, comfort and efficiency of our clients’ workplaces, products and systems and, in so doing, improve people’s lives.  We are also recognised leaders in the provision of expert liability opinion in personal injury cases.

We work in most industries across Australia, with clients across the legal, architecture and building, transport, manufacturing, emergency services, warehousing, defence, oil and gas, and energy sectors (and more).

We value trust, authenticity, collaboration and competence.  We are friendly, hard-working and enjoy the continual challenge of helping clients and each other.  You must be ready to be challenged, too, and to embark on a steep learning curve.

Our approach is rigorous and driven by science. However, we do not produce “science projects”.  What we do deliver is straightforward, practical, client-focused advice that directly addresses client problems.

We have unique capabilities in forensic investigation, engineering, biomechanics, physiotherapy, exercise rehabilitation and ergonomics.  Our collaborative, team-based approach to developing feasible, practical solutions to safety and ergonomics problems is what sets us apart.

We are now seeking another experienced and talented senior consulting engineer to join our Melbourne team.

The role

If you have an interest in safety and share our values, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for a smart, sociable engineer experienced in incident investigation, human factors, and creative problem solving.

No day is the same!  Should you join us, you will get a rare opportunity to work flexibly across a wide range of fascinating work environments and on interesting problems, as well as with great people.  You will deepen your safety knowledge, and broaden both your consulting skills and professional experience.

Reporting to our Operations Manager, you will provide expert opinion in personal injury matters. You will also deliver ergonomics and safety consulting projects.   Your exact mix of work will naturally be driven by your professional background, work experience and interests.

In your expert work, you will review and analyse incidents and injuries now the subject of litigation and provide opinion in those matters to assist court proceedings.   Typical incident investigations involve the examination of either strain injuries (manual handling & overuse/RSI), plant (fixed and mobile) and machinery incidents, slips, trips and falls, or product failures. 

To produce a clear and convincing written expert opinion, every case requires detailed investigation and focused analysis of the relevant interactions between the person, equipment and the environment.   Investigations will typically require you to 

  • Interview parties involved in a claim, including employees, employers and related parties, as appropriate;
  • Inspect incident sites. Occasional regional and brief interstate travel will be required;
  • Critically examine products and equipment;
  • Undertake or commission tests where appropriate;
  • Analyse documents, material and other source information;
  • Identify critical information gaps, and conduct appropriate inquiries;
  • Unravel how and why an incident or injury occurred;
  • Identify applicable safety standards and guidance;
  • Assess liability: whose fault was it?   Why?
  • Express your findings and expert opinion clearly, accurately and succinctly in report form;
  • Liaise effectively throughout projects with solicitor clients; and,
  • Occasionally give oral evidence in court.

Links to a selection of recent judgments where we have given evidence can be found at the bottom of the various expert profiles at ergonomics.com.au

You will also deliver ergonomics and safety projects. This work will typically involve either ergonomics and safety assessments of workplaces, processes, or products; evaluation of and advice on designs; workplace safety audits and inspections; manual handling risk assessments and safety training. 

Examples of some of our recent consulting projects are also available on our website.

Essential requirements

You must have or hold at minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree in engineering from an Engineers Australia accredited program; 
  • five (5) years relevant professional experience;
  • experience in incident investigation and/or product or system failure analysis; and,
  • experience in developing practical solutions to safety or similar technical problems.

You will also have:

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to:
    • write clear and succinct reports which effectively communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences.
    • think and talk clearly on your feet.
  • demonstrated interest in and working knowledge of relevant human capabilities, limits and abilities;
  • demonstrated experience in applying relevant engineering and Australian Standards to problems; and,
  • a healthy attitude towards constructive criticism: peer review of all work is an integral part of our quality process.

Beneficial attributes

We will favourably view:

  • post-graduate qualifications and/or relevant work experience in any of:
    • Ergonomics/human factors;
    • Biomedical/rehabilitation/risk engineering;
    • Biomechanics; 
    • Work Health and Safety; and/or
    • a related health science.
  • practical experience in investigating the root cause of incidents and developing risk controls based on the hierarchy of risk controls;
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist status with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA). 

To apply, please submit your résumé and a cover letter which specifically responds to the above role requirements via seek.com.au

Questions regarding the position may be submitted directly to info@ergonomics.com.au.

Only applicants with the right to live and work permanently in Australia will be considered for this position.