Electrical Maintenance Technician – Winter – Antarctica x2
- Job reference:
- BAS 20/10a
- Contract type:
- Winter - 13 to 18 Months
- £24,272 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
- Bird Island - Antarctica and Rothera Research Station - Antarctica
- Closing date:
- 19 July, 2020 11:59 pm
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.
British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity for two Electrical Maintenance Technicians, one based in Bird Island (Antarctica) and one based in our Rothera Research Station in Antarctica.
What is the role about?
Antarctica is the coldest and most isolated continent in the world. It’s also the most exhilarating, providing a unique and spectacular setting for our vital scientific research. By joining the team responsible for building and maintaining our facilities and equipment, you could play a crucial role in our success.
We are recruiting experienced and skilled technicians to take responsibility for maintenance, repair and support of electrical services at our Antarctic research stations during the Antarctic winter months.
BAS operates five sites from smaller domestic size sites. We require a broad range of skills to maintain our stations in all aspects of electrical maintenance including installers and testers, control specialists, maintenance technicians either domestic commercial or industrial experience.
Responsible for the maintenance, repair, support and upkeep of all electrical services on the station, you will be expected to work on all aspects of the electrical trade, including installations, breakdowns and testing. Using your own initiative, you will be required to undertake duties without direct technical guidance on site. You will need a full electrical apprenticeship, and will have attained a relevant BTEC or City & Guilds qualification, together with practical experience.
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 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.
To take responsibility for all planned maintenance, reactive repair, support and upkeep of all electrical and associated services on Station
Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ. Recognized qualification within the electrical services industry.
Be responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of:
- General lighting & power
- Main distribution 400v 3ph
- HVAC controls
- BMS controls
- Fault fining and diagnosis on equipment
- Domestic appliance maintenance and repair
- PAT testing
- All Pre planned maintenance
- Break down
- Small installations and electrical testing
- Generator control
In addition, the maintenance electrician is responsible for
- Fire Alarms
- Fire extinguishers.
- Breathing apparatus
- Refrigeration systems
- Production of an annual report on the condition of Station electrical 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 manger or Station leader.
Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/10a
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 19th July 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: End of July
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
- Able to read and interpret drawings. - Essential
- Fluent in both written and spoken English - Essential
- Report writing - Desirable 
Computer / IT skills
- Use of e-mail systems - Essential
- Able to plan and manage both time and workload. - Essential
- Use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM) - Essential
- 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 - Essential
- Ability to work either individually or as part of a team. - Essential
- Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given. - Desirable 
- Ability to use tools and materials in a workmanlike manner. - Essential
- Basic computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite of programmes. - Essential
- Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ. - Essential
- Recognised qualification within the electrical services industry. - Essential
- CSCS Certificate - Desirable 
- Electrical inspection and testing Qualification (C&G 2391 or 2394 & 2395) - Desirable 
Resource Management ability
- Understanding and experience of the importance of stock control, monitoring and ordering. - Essential
- Practical post qualification/apprenticeship site experience. - Essential
Skills / Experience
- Knowledge of light commercial electrical power supply systems. - Essential
- Experience of building management systems (BMS). - Essential
- Experience of fire suppression systems. - Essential
- Experience of LV and HV systems and equipment. - Desirable 
- Experience of domestic appliances. - Desirable 
- Experience of electrical power generation. - Desirable 
- Experience of control panels, including relays, contactors and PLC’s. - Desirable 
- Experience of 3 phase motors & pumps. - Desirable 
- Experience of cooling systems - Desirable 
- Experience of refrigeration systems - Desirable 
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
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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.
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