Maintenance Specialist, Antarctica

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Maintenance Specialist

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Maintenance Specialist


Seasonal Contract position supporting the National Science Foundation managed United States Antarctic Program as part of the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) . Maintenance Specialist will perform maintenance or construction work, or any combination thereof, under the supervision of the Preventative Maintenance Foreman (McMurdo/South Pole) , Facilities Maintenance Supervisor or Preventative Maintenance Coordinator (Palmer) . Tasking is based on employee’s prior work experience and ASC schedule requirements.



Diagnose, repair, and perform scheduled Preventative Maintenance on existing buildings, systems, equipment, fixtures, and infrastructure
Manage small maintenance projects that fall within their work area division including the coordination of other trades, equipment, tools, parts and schedules with reporting responsibilities to the PM Foreman and the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor.
Perform 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.
Accomplish tasking working from Job Plans, verbal information, schematics, blueprints, wiring diagrams, documents, vendor/manufacturer manuals, and applicable specifications and codes.
Analyze equipment breakdown and make technical decisions based on manufacturer’s recommendations.
Timely respond to emergency service calls during and outside of normal working hours
Utilize the assistance of other station personnel to complete tasking, or assist other trades or departments with their tasking as appropriate
Prepare and document work plans, job hazard analysis, job safety analysis, code required forms, checklists, and internal procedural documents as required
Responsible for leading and overseeing work by Utility Technicians on a regular basis.
Assist in the day-to-day operations of a very large maintenance crew up to and including the ability to fill in for the Preventive Maintenance Foreman when necessary
Implement and enforce Preventative Maintenance Program, including inventory and work order look-up in the Maximo database
Maintain detailed records, logs and accounts, and interpret trends to initiate resolutions to issues accordingly
Submit reports as required by supervisor, including the quality assurance self-inspections
Accurate and thorough documentation of hours worked, tasking performed, materials used, and processes involved
Advise immediate Supervisor of job progress and material/labor requirements
Accomplish tasking utilizing design drawings, specifications, and wiring diagrams
Use solid decision-making ability and sound judgment to safely and effectively solve problems
May deploy to remote research support facilities for day trips or extended periods                                                                             
Maintain communication with Supervisor and Management, to include e-mail and regular meeting minutes, regularly reporting status of all facilities equipment and significant issues and events within their work area division.
Prepare and submit material resupply requests to maintain inventory of repair parts for individual items of equipment.
Coordinate with Supervisor on suggestions for appropriate edits and additions to Preventative Maintenance Tasks, equipment/parts associations, and maintaining data integrity within the maintenance database.
Participates in training programs and meetings
Ensure all facilities and equipment are maintained and operated safely and efficiently
Review and follow established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) , and recommend creation or revisions to SOPs as needed
Perform tasking outdoors in environmentally challenging conditions including wind and extreme cold weather
Proactively identify any unsafe conditions, hazards, or Code violations and communicate them effectively
Comply with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) , Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements
Participate in Work Center Safety Program and ASC safety objectives
Be a responsible, clean and safe custodian of work areas, tools, equipment and spare parts
Perform other duties as required

Required Education, Experience, Certificates and Licenses:

Five years of experience in facilities maintenance to include all phases of preventive and corrective maintenance, including industrial and/or commercial facilities maintenance is required
Experience in refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical
Experience with fuel oil fired combustion appliances (South Pole and Palmer)

Expected Skills and Competencies:

Work history must include the demonstrated ability to work independently
Possess the competencies, willingness, and ability to perform the duties of position
Skilled in ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, diagrams, maintenance manual and manufacturer’s troubleshooting guides to accomplish tasking
Experienced developing written work plans, job hazard analysis, and job safety analysis related to the work activities under a permit to work system
Proficient in the use of electrical/electronic and mechanical test equipment, instruments, measuring devices, and shop tools such as soldering units, meters, scopes, and probes
Highly skilled at troubleshooting using appropriate testing devices
Proficient in heating and ventilation system maintenance
Proficient in maintenance of commercial, government, industrial, and/or institutional building facilities
Possess prior computer experience and be able and willing to learn and effectively utilize computer-based labor, inventory, and maintenance tracking applications 
Proficient in the appropriate use of personal protective equipment to include:   safety glasses, toe protection shoes and gloves
Proficient in LOTO procedures for various tasking
Proficient in confined space safety protocols
Knowledge of electrical safety procedures (NFPA 70E and OSHA)
Proficient in risk assessment and determination of PPE appropriate to specific tasking
Knowledgeable of limits of PPE and proper maintenance of PPE
Familiar with fall protection and respirator use
Hands on experience analyzing situations and making technical and safety decisions based on specifications and applicable codes and manufacturer guidelines
Solid decision-making ability and sound judgment to safely and effectively solve problems
Good organizational and planning skills


Experience with natural gas or fuel oil fired combustion appliances (McMurdo)
Experience with Building Automation Systems
Experience with installation and maintenance of fuel piping
Experience with maintenance of overhead garage doors
Experience with Maximo or other Computerized Maintenance Management System
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite

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 R0084368 2023. 03. 25

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