PAE, Inc Heavy Equipment Technician I in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Heavy Equipment Technician I

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Maintains a clean and safe workplace and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Diagnoses, troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains construction and heavy equipment.

  • Corrects deficiencies in components and ancillary equipment.

  • Performs service, maintenance, repairs and overhauls in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.

  • Performs equipment repairs in response to maintenance requests, in shop or in field locations.

  • Uses diagnostic procedures and test equipment to identify and correct equipment faults.

  • Analyzes and diagnoses mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electric, and electronic faults.

  • Operates shop equipment including overhead cranes, welders, compressors, presses, grinders, hand tools, and tire servicing equipment.

  • Lifts, moves and/or installs heavy parts and assemblies safely, using basic tooling and PPE.

  • May be required to perform work outside under severe weather conditions.

  • Complies with all ASC Environmental, Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Provides documentation as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.

  • May work days, nights or swing shifts depending on operational needs.

  • Assists other mechanics and members of the VMF team as required.

  • Documents all work performed including diagnosis, root cause, labor and parts. Conducts parts and repair requirements research and maintains records. Prepares reports as required.

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

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or equivalent required.

  • Two years training at a technical school is highly desirable.

  • Valid driver’s license required.

  • A minimum of three years’ experience in heavy equipment maintenance and repair required; or two years’ experience with heavy equipment maintenance and repair, in addition to one summer or winter Antarctic deployment working as a heavy equipment technician.

  • ASE certifications, and dealership certifications a plus.

  • Experience on a broad range of construction equipment, specifically Caterpillar equipment is preferred.

  • 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.

  • 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 physical, dental and psychological (if applicable) examinations as required by the NSF for deployment 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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