Mechanical Maintenance Technician – Summer Only – Antarctica
- Job reference:
- BAS 20/15
- Contract type:
- Antarctic Contract
- Summer Only (Up to 6 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
- Antarctica - Any Station
- Closing date:
- 31 March, 2020 11:59 pm
British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as Mechanical Technician Maintenance in Antarctica.
What is it about?
We are recruiting experienced and skilled technicians to take responsibility for maintenance, repair and support of mechanical services at our Antarctic research stations during the Antarctic (austral) summer months.
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.
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 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.
As a member of the maintenance team in Estates you will be responsible for supporting planned maintenance, reactive repair, up-keep of all mechanical and associated services including the installation of new pipework for water, heating and sewage 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 mechanical 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:
- Water systems
- Desalination systems
- Sewage systems including sewage treatment plants
- Oil fired boilers
- LPG installations
- Laboratory gas installations
- Heating & ventilation systems
- Fire suppression systems
- Domestic appliances, fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers etc
- Building management systems (BMS)
- Installation of new pipework, for water, heating and sewage systems
To ensure that operational needs of the research station are met efficiently and effectively you will be responsible for:
- Reporting of problems or work requests to 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
- 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.
Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/15
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31st March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c Monday 27th May 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
- Basic computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite of programmes. - Essential
- Use of e-mail 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 line manager. - Essential
- Good problem solving skills. - Desirable 
- Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given. - 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 workman-like 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 desalination equipment. - Desirable 
- Experience of sewage treatment plants. - Desirable 
- Experience of oil fired boilers. - Desirable 
- Experience of gas installations. - Desirable 
- Experience of fire suppression systems. - Desirable 
- Experience of domestic appliances. - Desirable 
- Experience of heat pumps. - Desirable 
- Experience of building management systems (BMS). - 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:
If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.
Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.
When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.
- Send your completed application forms to:
- Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
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.