Diesel Power Generation Technician: – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 20/07a
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Winter - 13 to 18 Months
£24,685 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Antarctica - Rothera, Halley, KEP
Closing date:
27 September, 2020 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


Please be aware that due to the complications arising from the pandemic we may not be in a position to offer a role this year as a result of this advert. We will discuss the possibility of employment at a later date with any successful candidates.

British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as a Diesel Power Generation Technician in Antarctica.

What is about?

We are recruiting experienced and skilled technicians to take responsibility for maintenance, repair and support of all Diesel generators as well as other mobile plant and small petrol generators and equipment at our research stations in Antarctica. The ideal candidate will be a proficient mechanic and have a good upstanding of engine generator controls. Candidate with a knowledge gap in generator controls will go through appropriate training and will be supported on site by electrical technicians.

We are offering a rare opportunity to do what may seem like an ordinary job in the most extraordinary place on Earth. The UK’s polar research effort is critically important for understanding environmental issues that affect everyone. Antarctica is also the most exhilarating and spectacular workplace you could imagine.

You will have served a full apprenticeship, have a BTEC, relevant City & guilds or NVQ with a recognised qualification within the within the petrol/diesel fuelled engine maintenance industry, and have post qualification/apprenticeship practical site experience.

With high levels of self-motivation and strong team-working skills you will be able to manage your time well, anticipate problems and take responsibility for reporting issues to your managers and fellow team members.

Who are we?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation www.ukri.org

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


As a member of the Maintenance Team (Estates) you will be responsible for supporting continuous power demand at our research station. The stations operates on 400v 3ph produced from a variety of engines from 144kw down to 50kw generator sets. As well as the heavy diesel maintenance, you will be responsible for generator fuelling and monitoring of bulk fuel storage.


Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ.

Recognised qualification within the petrol / diesel fuelled engine maintenance industry.


Working under the direction of, and reporting to, your line manager and Research Station Leader you will contribute your expertise and skills to support the efficient operation, maintenance and repair of:
• All Diesel generators.
• All non-mobile plant and equipment. Both petrol and diesel.
• All Mobile generator plant
• All mobile plant and equipment i.e. Nifty Lift, air compressors, chain saws etc.
• Some aspects of power generation and controllers.
• Bulk fuel storage and station fuel transfer

To ensure that operational needs of the research station are met efficiently and effectively you will be responsible for:
• Refuelling the Station bulk fuel tanks.(experience in heavy plant operating is preferable but not mandatory)
• Reporting of problems or work requests to the line manager.
• Carrying out the pre-planned maintenance (PPM) programme.
• Carrying out non-routine repair and maintenance as necessary, to ensure the safe, efficient and effective operational needs of the Station.
• Maintenance of tools and resources required to complete all maintenance and repair works.
• Maintaining and revising material and tools stock lists, to ensure that sufficient and adequate spares, equipment and materials are available to carry out all required PPM. Including all planned and programmed repair / replacement works for the following year.
• Reporting and documenting all works carried out through the PPM system.
• Recording and documenting of all reactive works carried out.
• Recording and advising on the requirement to add elements to the PPM system.
• Recording and documenting weekly and monthly installed meter readings.
• Production of an annual report on the condition of Station plant conditions and services, which should include any recommended improvements.
• Work with and ‘stand in for’ other staff to ensure the efficient and effective operational needs of the Station are maintained.
• Undertake other general duties as required or directed by the line manager and Station Leader.

Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/07a
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 27 September 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held in October 2020

As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

Antarctic deployment involves working in a remote and harsh environment where adaptations to working, living and recreation areas are not achievable to a level that might be expected in the UK. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be physically capable of negotiating rough, icy and snowy terrain as well as being mentally resilient and medically fit.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English - Essential
  • Able to read and interpret drawings. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Basic computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite of programmes. - Essential
  • Use of e-mail systems. - Essential
  • Use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM). - Desirable [2]
  • Report writing. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work within a management structure. - Essential
  • Be self motivated. - Essential
  • Ability to report any problems or issues to line manager. - Essential
  • Good problem solving skills. - Desirable [2]
  • Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given - Desirable [2]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work either individually or as part of a team. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Able to plan and manage both time and workload. - Essential


  • Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ. - Essential
  • Recognised qualification within the petrol / diesel fuelled engine maintenance industry. - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to use tools and materials in a workmanlike manner. - Essential
  • Understanding and experience of the importance of stock control, monitoring and ordering. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Practical post qualification/apprenticeship site experience. - Essential
  • Knowledge and experience of light industrial electrical power generators and systems. - Essential
  • Knowledge of engine maintenance. - Essential
  • Knowledge of power generation control systems i.e. Deep Sea controllers. - Essential
  • Knowledge of maintenance for small petrol and diesel fuelled plant and equipment. - Desirable [2]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.