Refrigeration Mechanic, Antarctica

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Refrigeration Mechanic

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Refrigeration Mechanic


Seasonal Contract position supporting the National Science Foundation managed United States Antarctic Program as part of the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) . Refrigeration Mechanics perform refrigeration repair and maintenance on maintenance and construction projects, or any combination thereof, under the supervision of the Preventative Maintenance Foreman. Tasking is based on ASC schedule requirements.

Position Responsibilities (not all inclusive) :

Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on refrigeration and cooling equipment in accordance with the preventive maintenance program. This includes installation and startup of refrigeration and cooling equipment utilizing special tools and equipment
Diagnose, repair, and perform scheduled Preventative Maintenance on existing refrigeration systems and equipment
Effectively communicate with affected parties regarding planned tasking, issues, or impacts
Advise the Preventive Maintenance Foreman on job progress and material/labor requirements   
Maintain up to date refrigeration inventory
Assist Facilities Maintenance Supervisor and PM Foreman in determining materials for inventory re-supply
Order replacement parts as needed
Act as EPA required “Refrigerant Manager” for CFC tracking, leak detection, and reporting functions
Work with all electrical components from disconnect throughout equipment
Submit reports as required by supervisor
Timely response to emergency service calls during and outside of normal working hours
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 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
Use solid decision-making ability and sound judgment to safely and effectively solve problems
Proactively identify any unsafe conditions or hazards and communicate them effectively
Work directly with other departments to plan and complete tasking
Learn and use computer-based labor, material, and maintenance tracking applications
May deploy to remote research support facilities for day trips or extended periods (McMurdo only)
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 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:

Minimum 4 years’ experience in refrigeration mechanic work, including installation and maintenance of refrigeration equipment
Current EPA Section 608 Universal Technician Certification

Expected Skills and Competencies:

Ability to diagnose, maintain, adjust, repair, and replace refrigeration systems and components
Ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, and diagrams
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


Experience in commercial and/or industrial facilities
HVAC/R license/certification
Experience with Maximo or other Computerized Maintenance Management System

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 R0084375 2023. 03. 25

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