Mechanical Maintenance Technician – Winter
Mechanical Maintenance Technician – Winter
- Job reference:
- BAS 21/07
- Contract type:
- Antarctic Contract
- Antarctic Winter (Approx. 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:
- 31 March, 2021 11:59 pm
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.
British Antarctic Survey’s Mechanical Maintenance Technicians take responsibility for maintenance, repair and support of mechanical services at our Antarctic research stations.
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 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 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.
• 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 (Primarily this is BMI at or above 30, age over 60 years old, or a history of smoking). The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
• You might be required to quarantine two weeks prior to your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.
All applications will be checked at point of application by BAS staff 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.
BAS operates five sites from smaller domestic size sites such as Bird Island to more complex stations such as Halley IV with CHP systems and BMS controls. We require a broad range of skills to maintain our stations in all aspects of mechanical engineering including plumbers, heating engineers, pipe fitters and mechanical maintenance technicians with domestic commercial or industrial experience.
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 mechanical service 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.
Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ
Recognised qualification within the mechanical services industry
CSCS Certificate would be desirable
Be responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of:
• Water systems
• Desalination systems
• Sewage systems including sewage treatment plants
• Oil fired boilers
• LPG installations
• Laboratory gas installations
• Heating & ventilation systems
• Fire suppression system
• Domestic appliances, fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers etc
• Building management systems (BMS)
• Reporting of problems or work requests to the line manager.
• Carrying out works as directed by 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Reporting and documenting all works carried out through the PPM system.
• Recording and documenting of all reactive works carried out.
• Production of an annual report on the condition of Station mechanical 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 21/07
Publication date: 8 January 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31 March 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 28 and 29 April 2021
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.
Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)
- Fluent in written and spoken English language. - 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 email systems - Essential
- Use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM) - Desirable 
- Report writing - Desirable 
- Ability to work within a management structure - Essential
- Be self-motivated - Essential
- Ability to report any problems or issues to the line manager - Essential
- Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given - Desirable 
- Good problem solving skills - Desirable 
- Ability to work either individually or as part of a team - Essential
- Able to plan and manage both time and workload - Essential
- Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ - Essential
- Recognised qualification within the mechanical services industry - Essential
- CSCS Certificate - Desirable 
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 of light commercial water supply systems - Essential
- Experience of heating and ventilation systems - Essential
- Experience of cooling systems - Essential
- Experience of gas installations - Essential
- Experience of heat pumps - Essential
- Experience of desalination equipment - Desirable 
- Experience of sewage treatment plants - Desirable 
- Experience of oil fired boilers - Desirable 
- Experience of fire suppression 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.
Apply by post:
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 protected]
- +44 (0)1223 221400
- +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.