Controls Technician in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 6/29/2020

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Controls Technician

Supports the National Science Foundation managed United States Antarctic Program as part of the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC). Controls Technician will perform maintenance or construction work. Tasking is based on ASC schedule requirements.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):
• Responsible for the commissioning, diagnosis, calibration, maintenance, and repair of environmental-control systems and processes, utilizing knowledge of electronics, direct digital control (DDC), airflow, hydronic systems, refrigeration theory, pH sensors, flow meters, electrical meters and system control techniques.
• Analyzes, diagnoses, maintains, and repairs direct digital control system components.
• Performs preventive maintenance, component replacement, and corrections as needed.
• Maintains adherence to the configuration control process and proposes changes to the existing systems via the Configuration Change Request (CCR) process in concurrence with the responsible engineers for each area.
• Works with the Controls Engineer, Power Plant Engineer, Power Plant Supervisor(s), Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, and the Facility Engineer to keep all control systems, mechanical and electromechanical field devices operating according to the basis of design.
• Works to keep these systems operating as efficiently as possible.
• Timely response to emergency service calls during and outside of normal working hours.
• Accurate and thorough documentation of hours worked, tasking performed, materials used, and processes involved
• Advise immediate Supervisor of job progress and material/labor requirements.
• Accomplish tasking utilizing design drawings, specifications, and wiring diagrams.
• Follow established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and create or revise SOPs as needed.
• Perform tasking outdoors in environmentally challenging conditions including wind and extreme cold weather
• Use solid decision making ability and sound judgment to safely and effectively solve problems.
• Proactively identify any unsafe conditions or hazards and communicate them effectively
• Work directly with other departments to plan and complete tasking.
• Learn and use computer based labor, material, and maintenance tracking applications.
• May deploy to remote research support facilities for day trips or extended periods (McMurdo only)
• Occasionally utilize the assistance of other station personnel to complete tasking, or assist other trades or departments with their tasking
• Comply with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH), Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements.
• Participate in Work Center Safety Program and ASC safety objectives
• Participate in community programs such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (station clean-up), “GASH” (galley clean-up at Palmer), and recycling efforts.
• Perform other duties as required.

• Minimum five years of experience in the maintenance of complex controls systems with multiple interactions
• Knowledge of how DDC, PLC, and/or other industrial control systems work
• Previous experience with DDC, PLC or similar Ladder-Logic programming
• Knowledge and understanding electromechanical and controls systems.
• Troubleshooting experience with some or all of the following equipment, not limited to: HVAC, furnaces, boilers, generators, heat exchangers, pumps, fans, modulating valves, fluid flow and air flow systems, heat trace, electrical and controls systems.
• Ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, and diagrams.
• Minimum intermediate level computer skills with MS Office Suite experience to include Word, Excel and Outlook
• Be able and willing to learn and effectively utilize computer based labor, inventory, and maintenance tracking applications
• Possess the competencies, willingness, and ability to perform the duties of position
• Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods.
• 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.
• Successful completion of Medical and Dental examinations required by the NSF for deployment to Antarctica.
• High School diploma or equivalent
• Valid Driver’s License issued in the United States
• Must be able to legally obtain employment in the United States without sponsorship.

• Experience with Alerton Ascent Compass Software
• Experience with Alerton controls
• Experience installing DDC (Direct Digital Control) controllers

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our 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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