PAE, Inc Fire Systems Technician Foreman in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Fire Systems Technician Foreman

Summary: Directly oversee all department operations and supervision of Fire Systems staff. Participate in goal-setting processes and strategic planning for mission support with other department leaders and I&O Management. Contribute to a safe working environment by coordinating employee trainings and identification and mitigation of environmental and job hazards. Maintain effective communications between departments and represent department as needed at operational meetings. Provide suggestions and recommendations for re-hiring, termination and advancement of staff. Routinely utilize Independent judgment and discretion to solve problems and identify potential issues.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority. Complies with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH), Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements, goals, policies and procedures.

  • Supervises Fire techs, craftspersons and helpers in the installation and maintenance of fire detection and suppression systems. Assures that the electronic aspects of fire systems work on maintenance and construction projects in Antarctica and comply with the applicable IBC, IFC and NFPA codes. The (AHJ) Authority having jurisdiction must also be satisfied

  • Supervises the activities of the Fire Systems Technicians, Fire Systems Technician Apprentices, and Fire Systems Technician Helpers.

  • Accomplishes hands-on tasking for all fire protection systems in Antarctica.

  • Organizes the work force and assigns duties.

  • Advises the Supervisor, Maintenance and/or Coordinator, Construction on job progress, material requirements, and personnel matters.

  • Accomplishes various projects utilizing design drawings, specifications, and wiring diagrams.

  • Assists with the ordering of resupply parts for the fire systems department to maintain adequate inventory of needed parts.

  • Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy.

  • Interacts with the National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials, in all manners of communication, in a professional and tactful manner.

  • Communicates professionally, both orally and in writing, with subordinates as needed to relay information they need in order to be successful in their jobs. This includes, but is not limited to, staff meetings, performance appraisals, job requirements, division metrics, projects, Quality Standard Procedures, and safety practices.

  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • May be required to work outside on various job sites in extreme cold weather conditions.

  • Employees and contractors may, in the course of performing their official duties, have access to a wide variety of personal identifiable and sensitive information (PII/SI) electronically and in hard copy. Personal and sensitive data including Social Security numbers, date and place of birth, demographic data, home addresses/telephone numbers/personal email addresses, passport numbers, bank account numbers, performance reviews, reviewer identity tied to performance reviews, unfunded proposals, proprietary parts of funded proposals, and other similar information should be protected according to Federal regulations and United States Antarctic Program policy, and only disclosed in accordance with the United States Antarctic program requirements.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • U.S./State Vehicle Operators License required.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • NICET III or higher in Fire Alarms Systems or Water based system design, inspection and testing certification is required.

  • A minimum of eight years of documented experience installing, testing, inspecting and maintenance of fire protection systems including fire alarm systems, suppression systems, and fire sprinkler systems is required.

  • A minimum of three of the eight years’ experience must be in a lead, foreman or supervisory position.

  • Experience must include rough wiring, detection device, appliance termination, and head end termination.

  • Ability to interpret design drawings and wiring diagrams is required.

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

  • Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum.

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

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

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

  • 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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