Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Job reference:
BAS 20/52
Contract type:
Starting salary from £24,777 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
Closing date:
12 July, 2020 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


Are you passionate by Mechanical Maintenance and do you want to be part of a meaningful place to work?

What is the role about?

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Mechanical Maintenance Technician based in our main office in Cambridge. You will be responsible of the mechanical infrastructure of Cambridge site and you will be working closely with your colleagues. You will also join an energetic and, ambitious Estates team with a mission to provide safe, sustainable buildings across the UK and the polar regions.

Who are we?

British Antarctic Survey's 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

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to 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 have primary responsibility for the maintenance of the mechanical infrastructure on the Cambridge site. Including supporting the Electrical Service Technician and Caretaker, carrying out maintenance to the fabric of the building.


HNC / HND or equivalent in Mechanical Maintenance or equivalent experience


  • Implement an effective planned preventative maintenance regime for all of the mechanical elements of the site.
  • Organise and carry out reactive maintenance efficiently
  • Support the Electrical Services Technician and Caretaker in all aspects of their work
  • Carry out maintenance to the fabric of the building as an when required
  • Respond to the requests on the help desk in a proactive and timely manner.
  • Ensure that the electronic PPM system is kept up to date
  • Keep all site information up to date; ensuring all information in Operation and Maintenance manuals is current.
  • Order all necessary spares, new equipment, materials as necessary. Keeping stock lists up to date.
  • Work closely will all laboratory and workshop managers to ensure effective maintenance of these areas
  • Be responsible for the organisation and supervision of specialist contractors on site.
  • Ensure the BAS Health & Safety Policy is implemented, procedures are adhered to and safe working practices are implemented at all times.
  • Implement the BAS Environmental Policy and promote energy saving initiatives
  • Ensure that plant rooms, workshop and stores areas are kept clean, tidy and safe at all times.
  • Carry out regular inspections of the site
  • Be a member of the on-call duty roster (2 weeks in every 6 and coverage for holiday and sickness)
  • Any other tasks identified by the Director

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 20/52
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 12 July 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: End of July 2020

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 job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

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

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of individuals and groups both orally and in written form. - Essential
  • Report writing experience - Desirable [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • Microsoft Office suite of programmes. - Essential
  • Pre-Planned Maintenance systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Building Management systems. - Desirable [3]
  • AutoCAD. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of individuals and groups both orally and in written form. - Essential
  • Should be enthusiastic about tackling a range of problems and determined to provide satisfactory solutions. - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. - Essential
  • Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people including scientists, administrators and contractors. - Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues. - Desirable [1]

Managerial ability

  • Track record of time / work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Able to calculate / read drawings. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities . - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and how to tackle them. - Essential


  • HNC / HND or equivalent in Mechanical Maintenance or equivalent experience - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Manage small budgets. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience and detailed knowledge of current UK legislation in relation to mechanical services. - Essential
  • Experience ‘small works’ specification writing. - Essential
  • Experience in principles, practice and legislation relating to HVAC systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of energy efficiency & sustainable systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of Pre-Planned Maintenance systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of Building Management systems - Desirable [3]

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.