Diesel Power Generation Technician

Job reference:
BAS 21/12
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Up to 18 months
£25,179 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
31 March, 2022 11:59 pm


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 we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our 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 our 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 and 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 one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

COVID-19 update

  •  We have a responsibility to do everything that we can to ensure that BAS Ships and Stations remain COVID-free and that staff are deployed safely and responsibly. Our medical screening for this season will therefore take account of the recognised factors that increase your risk of an adverse reaction to the coronavirus. The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
  •  You will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, more details will be confirmed closer to your appointment date using the most recent guidance from the government and our medical unit.
  •  You might be required to quarantine two weeks before your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.

All applications will be checked and those without the right to work in the UK or without a realistic prospect of being able to acquire the right to work in the UK will not progress.

Please read the Applicants guide here before submitting your application.


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 reference: BAS 22/12
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held: w/c 16th May 2022

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 - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Basic skills to use MS Office programmes and use emails - Essential
  • Use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems - Desirable [2]
  • Report writing - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work within existing management structure, reference back to line manager with problems - Essential
  • Be self-motivated - Essential
  • Problem solving & flexibility - Essential
  • Good problem solving skills - Desirable [2]
  • Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given - Desirable [2]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team - 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 & 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]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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