PAE, Inc Utility Mechanic in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Utility Mechanic

Job Title: Utility 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 facilities maintenance and repairs on maintenance and construction projects as needed.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

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

  • Complies with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH), Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements, goals, policies and procedures.

  • Performs major overhauls to include dismantling, replacing parts and making repairs to all facilities-related equipment including heating, ventilating, cooling, refrigeration, Overhead doors, hoists, compressors, hydronic systems, pumps, kitchen/galley equipment, shop tools and a wide variety of other types of equipment and their component parts including some non-facility capital assets such as exercise, medical and lab equipment.

  • Performs preventive maintenance in accordance with the Preventive Maintenance Program.

  • Diagnoses and repairs failures as they occur in support components including kitchen equipment.

  • Assists Facilities Maintenance Supervisor and PM Foreman in determining re-supply of inventory.

  • Acts as first responder to trouble calls on facilities and utilities systems.

  • Performs plumbing, electrical and carpentry repairs to support systems and structures as necessary.

  • Submits reports as required by supervisor, including the quality assurance self-inspections.

  • Operates tracked vehicles and other equipment for station maintenance, cargo handling and snow melting.

  • 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.

  • U.S./State Vehicle Operators License required.

  • HVAC-R license is preferred.

  • Minimum 4 years experience required in a wide variety of facility maintenance.

  • Experience in an industrial or commercial environment is preferred.

  • Ability to read design drawings and diagrams is preferred.

  • Previous experience with Maximo inventory/work order system 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 Permanent US Resident status 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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