PAE, Inc Chief Engineer in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Chief Engineer

PAE is seeking a Chief Engineer for the American Embassy Kabul Program (AEK) in Afghanistan. The Chief Engineer will take ownership of all prime and standby power production and associated power generation, transmission and distribution equipment as well as provide support to other physical plant systems. This individual will also be responsible for the program’s RCM plan. This position reports to the Deputy Program Manager. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Performance Location : The individual filling this position will be supporting PAE on a contract for the US Department of State and working at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Periodic travel with extended overnight stays may be required while working on projects at other locations in Afghanistan. Percentage of travel will vary significantly but on average is expected to be less than 10% of the total time.

Working Environment: The candidate will work in a traditional office setting as well as construction, physical plant and maintenance sites including exposure to the dangers inherent with traveling to and working on such sites.

Work Schedule : This position works ten hours/day six days a week minimum. The candidate is on-call 24/7 and must be willing to respond quickly to afterhours call outs and emergencies.

Major Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Responsible for overseeing the prime power and life support utilities programs and will be regarded as PAE’s professional authority on all engineering questions related to physical plant operations.

  • Provides daily work assignments and directly supervises a power generation team of approx. ten multi-national staff. This individual will also provide consulting support to other technical staff for various physical plant systems and equipment.

  • Responsible for monitoring, implementation and updating the AEK program’s Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) program via direct interaction with the various trade discipline supervisors.

The Chief Engineer will be responsible to manage and oversee the:

  • Preventive maintenance, condition monitoring, repair, installation and modernization of all power generation, transmission and distribution equipment.

  • Prime power and standby generators manufactured by Caterpillar, Cummins, Perkins, Wilson and other manufacturers with outputs ranging from 20 kW up to 2000 kW.

  • Operation, calibration, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and repairs to all mechanical, electrical equipment systems and electrical/pneumatic control systems.

  • Fuels system management, maintenance and operations.

  • Reports any malfunctions or lack of compliance with Statement of Work (SOW) to the Deputy Program Manager.

  • Performs scheduled and unscheduled inspections.

  • Assists in developing the Statement of Work (SOW) when requested including diagrams and specifications in compliance with OSHA and National Electric Code (NEC) standards.

  • Maintains effective, timely and respectful communication and interaction with other employees, managers, and supports other organizations.

  • Performs other administrative tasks including material ordering, inventory, work scheduling

  • Collects, analyzes and summarizes data for report preparation and submits written reports.

  • Is responsible for facility custodianship of work area and management of tools, equipment and spare parts.

  • Must be able to take initiative to analyze a situation and to make frequent technical decisions based on specifications, safety and electrical codes.

  • Must be able to evaluate operational effectiveness and develop/maintain effective operational control mechanisms.

  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum Acceptable Experience and Qualification Levels :

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in operations and maintenance of a large plant, facility, base or municipality; with specific experience in the operation of power plants, physical plants and building operations.

  • Minimum of three years' management experience overseeing large facility preventive maintenance programs supervising a workforce of 20 or more personnel in an overseas setting

  • Must be familiar with the fuels offloading, documentation, storage and handling processes.

  • Working knowledge of applicable U.S. Codes and accepted trade practices.

  • Knowledge and experience regarding occupational hazards of the electrical and mechanical trades, related safety precautions and considerable skill required for the installation, maintenance and repair of power generation systems and equipment.

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

  • Knowledge of all principles and processes involved in operating and supporting power generation, transition, and distribution functions at an overseas facility.

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer services.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • Expert computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team.

  • Must have the ability to be innovative and be an agent for change.

  • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information.

Education :

  • A high school diploma or equivalent education is required.

  • Technical school or acceptable prime power certified generator school is preferred.

  • An electrical or mechanical engineering degree is preferred.

Language Requirement :

  • Must be fluent in speaking, reading and writing English.

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills sufficient to effectively communicate with employees, management and the client.

Licenses and Certifications :

  • CPE issued by The Association for Facilities Engineers (AFE),

  • Third Assistant Engineer license for steam, motor or gas turbine vessels of any horsepower issued by the United State Coast Guard

  • A U.S. State Stationary Engineers License.

Citizenship : US Citizenship is required for this position.

Clearance : Must have an active DOD or DOS secret security clearance. Top Secret clearance is preferred.

Medical : Must be able to pass a drug screen and physical examination. Must be in good physical condition able to lift at least 70lbs and walk considerable distances across a large multi-building campus.

PAE is an equal opportunity employer and drug-free workplace.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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