PAE, Inc Electrician in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World


Supports the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) and the National Science Foundation’s United States Antarctic Program. ASC Electricians will perform maintenance or construction work, or any combination thereof, under the supervision of the Electrical Foreman. Tasking will be based on an individual’s experience and departmental labor needs.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all-inclusive):

  • Participates in safe workplace program, ensuring safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Accomplishes maintenance and construction work under the supervision of the Electrical Foreman.

  • Performs installation of branch circuits, power distribution wiring, electrical equipment, fixtures, and conduit according to the National Electric Code (NEC).

  • Troubleshoots and repairs existing electrical systems, equipment, and fixtures.

  • Performs scheduled Preventative Maintenance of electrical systems and equipment.

  • Responds to afterhours emergency calls for repairs and service on a rotational duty schedule.

  • Advises the Electrician Foreman on job progress and material/labor requirements.

  • Accomplishes tasking utilizing design drawings, specifications, and wiring diagrams.

  • Completes accurate and thorough documentation of work performed and processes involved.

  • Works outside in extreme cold weather and environmentally challenging conditions.

  • Adheres to ASC Electrical Safety Program and strives to promote electrical safety throughout the United States Antarctic Program.

  • Identifies unsafe conditions and/or NEC violations and reports them to the Electrician Foreman.

  • Works directly with other departments to plan and complete tasking.

  • Uses computer based labor, material, and maintenance tracking applications.

  • May deploy to remote field camps for periods of days or weeks, sleeping in a tent in potentially adverse weather conditions.

  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.


  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.

  • U.S. Vehicle Operators License required.

  • A current Journeyman or Master Electrician license, or your jurisdictions equivalent, is required.

  • Thorough knowledge of the National Electrical Code and of the principles of electricity.

  • Minimum four years (8,000 Hours) of documented experience in all phases of electrical work, including rough wiring, power distribution wiring, wiring of electrical equipment and fixtures, and installation of conduit is required.

  • Experience with or certification on NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is desired.

  • Experience in repair and maintenance of electrical motors, transformers and other electrical equipment is required.

  • Experience in repair and maintenance of airfield lighting and/or heat tracing of outdoor insulated piping is preferred.

  • Ability to diagnose electrical issues and to maintain, adjust, repair, and replace electrical systems and components.

  • The ability to read design drawings and wiring diagrams is required.

  • Experience working up to 480 volts is required; Experience working with voltages up to 4160 volts is desired.

  • Experience in construction and maintenance of commercial and/or industrial facilities is preferred.

  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.

  • Must be able to use sound judgment and possess solid decision making ability to quickly, safely and effectively solve problems.

  • Must be able to pro-actively identify job hazards and communicate those hazards effectively.

  • Must have computer experience and be able to learn and utilize work order and timesheet software programs.

  • Must successfully complete the physical, dental and psychological (if applicable) examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica

  • Ability to communicate effectively with others and get along well with co-workers, grantees and other community members.

  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts and safety objectives.

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.

  • US citizenship or Permanent US Resident status is required.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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