Electrical Maintenance Technician – Winter – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 20/10b
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
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 an Electrical Maintenance Technician in Antarctica.

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 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


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 manager and Station Leader.

Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/10
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 - a) oral skills b) written skills

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

Computer / IT skills

  • Able to read and interpret drawings. - Essential
  • 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
  • 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 - Essential
  • Ability to work either individually or as part of a team. - Essential
  • Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given. - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • Ability to use tools and materials in a workmanlike manner. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • 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 [4]
  • Electrical inspection and testing Qualification (C&G 2391 or 2394 & 2395) - Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

  • Practical post qualification/apprenticeship site experience. - Essential
  • * Understanding and experience of the importance of stock control, monitoring and ordering. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Knowledge of light commercial electrical power supply systems. - Essential
  • Experience of building management systems (BMS). - Essential
  • Experience of LV and HV systems and equipment. - Desirable [1]
  • Experience of domestic appliances. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of fire suppression systems. - Essential
  • Experience of electrical power generation. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of control panels, including relays, contactors and PLC’s. - Desirable [1]
  • Experience of 3 phase motors & pumps. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of cooling systems - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of refrigeration systems. - 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.