Utility Mechanic, Antarctica

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Utility Mechanic

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Utility Mechanic


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

Position Responsibilities (not all inclusive) :

Diagnose, repair, and perform scheduled Preventative Maintenance on existing buildings, systems, equipment, and infrastructure.
Perform 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.
Perform preventive maintenance in accordance with the Preventive Maintenance Program.
Diagnose and repair failures as they occur in support components including kitchen equipment.
Assist Facilities Maintenance Supervisor and PM Foreman in determining materials for inventory re-supply.
Timely response to emergency service calls during and outside of normal working hours.
Act as first responder to trouble calls on facilities and utilities systems.
Perform plumbing, electrical and carpentry repairs to support systems and structures as necessary.
Submit reports as required by supervisor, including the quality assurance self-inspections.
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:

Four years of experience in facilities maintenance to include all phases of preventive and corrective maintenance, including industrial and/or commercial facilities maintenance is required
Work history must include the demonstrated ability to work independently
Minimum intermediate level computer skills with MS Office Suite experience to include Word, Excel and Outlook
Ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, and diagrams
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

Expected Skills and Competencies:

Ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, diagrams, maintenance manuals and manufacturer’s troubleshooting guides to accomplish tasking.
Experience in writing up work plans, job hazard analysis, and job safety analysis related to the work activities under a permit to work system
Skilled at troubleshooting using appropriate testing devices
Experience in heating and ventilation system maintenance
Experience 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 
Competent in the appropriate use of personnel protective equipment (PPE) 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 use of respirators and fall protection equipment/devices
Solid decision-making ability and sound judgment to safely and effectively solve problems
Good organizational and planning skills


Experience with Building Automation Systems
Experience with installation and maintenance of fuel piping
Experience with maintenance of overhead garage doors
Experience in refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fuel oil burners
Experience with Maximo or other Computerized Maintenance Management Systems

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 R0084377 2023. 03. 10

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