PAE, Inc Boiler Mechanic in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Boiler Mechanic

Job Title: Boiler Mechanic

Assigned Work Site: Antarctica

Reports to: PM Foreman

Department: Infrastructure & Operations (I & O )

Employment Type: Seasonal Contract


Support the Antarctic Support Contract and the National Science Foundation's United States Antarctic Program, accomplishing hands-on boiler operation tasks on maintenance and construction projects as needed.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Maintains a safe workplace program and ensures safety is the highest priority in the work place.

  • Maintains boiler systems in accordance with provisions of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Boiler systems may include steam, hot water heaters, along with other types of heating systems, pumps, and air handlers.

  • Maintains, monitors, troubleshoots and repairs station boilers and associated systems, heat exchangers, pumps, controls, air handlers, commercial steam kitchens, and zone valves in all dorms.

  • Makes daily inspections of all boilers on station.

  • Monitors and repairs circulating pumps, back-up pumps, heat exchangers, strainers, valves, expansion tanks, air separators, unit heaters, heating coils and system controls to assure adequate operations.

  • Inspects all glycol and steam lines for damage.

  • Advises the Preventive Maintenance Foreman on job progress and material requirements.

  • Performs preventive maintenance in accordance with the preventive maintenance program.

  • Monitors, regulates and repairs fuel lines and air adjustments for the boilers.

  • Monitors, repairs and maintains boiler control systems.

  • Submits reports as required by supervisor.

  • Works outside on various job sites in extreme cold weather conditions as required.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or GED is required.

  • Certificate in Steam Boiler Operation/Maintenance is preferred.

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience required in boiler operation and complete hydronic and steam HVAC systems maintenance and repair.

  • Ability to read design drawings and diagrams is preferred.

  • Previous experience with remote Polar Logistics operations is preferred.

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.

  • Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum.

  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors.

  • Must successfully complete the physical, dental and psychological (if applicable) examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica.

  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts and safety objectives.

  • US citizenship or US Permanent Resident is required.

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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