Facilities Engineer, Antarctica

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Facilities Engineer

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Facilities Engineer


Seasonal Contract position supporting the National Science Foundation managed United States Antarctic Program as part of the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) . The Facilities Engineer will provide on-site engineering of station facilities, working in coordination with fulltime Engineering staff. Tasking is based on departmental needs and ASC schedule requirements.

Position Responsibilities (not all inclusive) :

Provide on-site engineering of station facilities, working in coordination with fulltime Engineering staff. Station facilities include:
Boilers, furnaces, and hydronic heating systems
Plumbing and electrical systems
Energy conservation measures and methods
Fire Protection systems
Analog Control Systems
Direct Digital Controls (DDC)
Power Generation facilities
Waste Water Treatment facilities and processes
Water Desalinization and Purification facilities and processes
Perform engineering investigations of operational issues, facilities, and equipment
Conduct construction reviews and facility assessments, and evaluate Code compliance
Serve as a technical resource for Trades personnel
Responsible for the design, budgeting and execution of small engineering, maintenance/construction/modification projects as part of the Configuration Change Request (CCR) process
Responsible for scope definition, specification, budgeting, and write-up of project proposals for larger engineering and maintenance projects
Responsible for facilities assessments encompassing the following engineering disciplines: Civil, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical, DDC Control and Electrical
Submit Work Orders or define, write up, and propose small or large projects as required to address deficiencies found
Advise Facilities Management on the status of engineering and maintenance activities and assist in the development of programs and budgets
Provide Engineering assistance on Construction matters such as: design and specification clarifications and changes, Code issues, as-built drawings, field engineering, start up, and scheduling
Assist in the development, implementation, and supervision of the Preventive Maintenance and Work Control programs
Coordinate scheduling and interagency notification of scheduled Preventative Maintenance tasks involving required or potential utility service interruption, such as power outages
Provides documentation as necessary to ensure legal and contractual compliance
Works to achieve ASC goals and contractual commitments
Timely response to emergency service calls during and outside normal working hours
Maintain effective communication between departments and represent department as needed at operational meetings
Interact with the National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person
Accurate and thorough documentation of hours worked, tasking performed, materials used, and processes involved
Accomplish tasking working from Job Plans, verbal information, schematics, blueprints, wiring diagrams, documents, vendor/manufacturer manuals, and applicable specifications and codes.
Follow established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) , and create or revise SOPs as needed
Perform tasking outdoors in environmentally challenging conditions including wind and extreme cold weather
Routinely utilize independent judgment and discretion to identify potential issues and solve problems
Proactively identify any unsafe conditions, hazards, or Code violations and communicate them effectively
Work directly with other departments to plan and complete tasking
Learn and utilize computer-based labor, material, and maintenance tracking applications
May deploy to remote research support facilities for day trips or extended periods (McMurdo Only)
Interpret schedules, design drawings, specifications and diagrams to carry out tasking
Routinely inspect worksites and evaluate staff tasking
Handle confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc. ) in accordance with management policy and with the highest degree of professionalism
Communicate professionally, both orally and in writing
Assist with the ordering of resupply materials for the department to maintain adequate inventory on station
Occasionally utilize the assistance of other station personnel to complete tasking, or assist other trades or departments with their tasking
Comply with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) , Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements
Participate in Work Center Safety Program and participate in ASC safety objectives
Participate in community programs such as “house-mouse” (chores) , “daisy-picking” (station clean-up) , “GASH” (galley clean-up at Palmer) , and recycling efforts
Perform other duties as required 

Required Education, Experience, Certificates and Licenses:

Bachelor’s Degree in facilities related Engineering discipline or similar field is required. Five additional years related engineering experience will be accepted in lieu of engineering degree.
Minimum four years of increasing responsibility in facilities engineering activities to include investigation of maintenance issues, management of change, minor construction projects, and definition of new project work and project proposals is required

Expected Skills and Competences:

Thorough knowledge of building systems, specifically HVAC
Experience in construction and maintenance of commercial and/or industrial facilities
Ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, and diagrams
Minimum intermediate level computer skills with MS Office Suite experience to include Word, Excel and Outlook
Be able and willing to learn and effectively utilize computer-based labor, inventory, and maintenance tracking applications
Possess prior computer experience and be able and willing to learn and effectively utilize computer-based labor, inventory, and maintenance tracking applications 
Possess the competencies, willingness, and ability to perform the duties of position


Professional Engineer (PE) registration strongly preferred
Mechanical or Electrical Engineering degree
Knowledge and experience with one or more of the Station facilities as outlined under General Duties.
Knowledge and experience with project design, specification, preparation and review, project scheduling, and project cost estimating
Knowledge and experience with Preventive Maintenance and Work Control systems
Experience with Maximo or other Computerized Maintenance Management System
Experience with Alerton Ascent Compass Software
Experience with Alerton controls

Physical and/or Other


Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods
Successful completion of Medical and Dental examinations required by the NSF for deployment to Antarctica
Successful completion of drug screening and background check required by employer
Successful completion of Federal Background Check required by the NSF

Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum as required by the position.

Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors in extreme cold as required by the position.
Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores) , “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station) , recycling efforts & safety objectives.
Valid Driver’s License issued in the United States



Our 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.


Security Clearance Required: yes

Amentum / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBAMN R0084363 2023. 03. 25

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