Maintenance Technician (Electrical) – Summer Only – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 25/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Summer (Approx. 6 Months)
£23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus on your Antarctic Service.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2019 11:59 pm


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 (austral) summer months.

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 electrical services 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.


As a member of the Engineering and Technology Team (Estates) you will be responsible for supporting planned maintenance, reactive repair, up-keep of all electrical and associated services on Station. To carry out installation of new electrical distribution systems. Using your own initiative you will be required to undertake duties without direct technical guidance on site, but you will know when to seek advice or guidance.


Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ.
Recognised qualification within the electrical services 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:
- Refrigeration systems
- Fire Alarms
- General lighting & power
- All electrically operated fans, motors, pumps etc
- Fire extinguishers.
- Breathing apparatus
- Domestic appliances, fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers etc.
- All electrical aspects of Station power from 12v, 110v, 230v and 415v (3 phase) supplies.
- Building management systems (BMS).
- Carrying out all required portable appliance testing (PAT).
- Incinerators
- Electrical controls

To ensure that operational needs of the research station are met efficiently and effectively you will be responsible for:

- Carry out the installation of new power and lighting and main distribution systems
- Reporting of problems or work requests to the line manager.
- Carrying out works as directed by the line manager.
- Carrying out non-routine repair and maintenance as necessary, to ensure the safe, efficient and effective operational needs of the Station.
- Carrying out and supervising the installation of refurbishment works as required to meet the efficient and effective operational needs of the Station.
- Maintenance of tools and resources required to complete all maintenance and repair works.
- 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.
- 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.
- To undertake other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 25/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: 20 and 21st May 2019
Proposed start date: Summer 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. 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. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

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

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

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 electrical services industry. - Essential
  • Use of e-mail systems. - Essential
  • CSCS Certificate. - Desirable [5]
  • Electrical inspection and testing Qualification (C&G 2391 or 2394 & 2395). - Desirable [2]

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. - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

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

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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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

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.

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