CDSCC employs approximately 90 full- and part-time staff members.
The personnel at CDSCC are Australian citizens, but come from
different places around the world.
do they do?
There are five major sections at CDSCC which are responsible
for operation of the facility 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
Their jobs range from administration, logistics and stores, grounds
maintenance, engineers and technicians, building services and
allied trades, education, training, and spacecraft communication.
Operations (OPS) staff work in the main
antenna control centre. Four teams work on a rotating 12-hour
shift, ensuring that the antennas are operational and that spacecraft
tracking and communication is being maintained. OPS members are
technicians with expertise in spacecraft communication, data
analysis, antenna operation and radio frequencies.
employs engineers and technicians to maintain all of the electronics,
and computer hardware and software systems at CDSCC. SE teams
are responsible for the antenna transmitters and receivers, timing
systems, signal processors, antenna calibration, plus internal/external
and Site Facilities
(ASF) looks after the overall maintenance and operational readiness
of the mechanical and structural areas of the Complex. ASF staff
range from mechanics, electricians, engineers and antenna maintenance
crews. They ensure that antennas are always
working in peak condition, power systems are online and that
all buildings, grounds and related services are maintained.
performs the vital administrative tasks needed to ensure daily
operation. BMG staff provide services such as financial management,
logistics and stores, documentation and catering.
provides services including: recruitment, leadership and staff
training and development, EEO, OHS&E, information and records
management and legislative compliance.
look after all of the education and outreach services provided
by CDSCC to the public and media. PR staff manage the Visitor
Centre, providing information to 70,000 visitors a year including
thousands of school children on excursions.
CDSCC also employs a number
of contractors who provide a variety of services including operation
of the Moon Rock Café, site security and cleaning.
does CDSCC help the community?
Apart from the vital communication link provided by CDSCC to
the knowledge gained through the exploration of space the Complex
also contributes in direct ways to the local and national community.
We care for the local
environment through power management, recycling of water and
sewerage, and emissions management. We contribute financially
through local employment, paying for services (eg:
power), and through tourism.
We also educate the next
generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.