Fire Systems Technician Foreman in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 11/28/2019

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Fire Systems Technician Foreman


Supports the National Science Foundation managed United States Antarctic Program as part of the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC). Fire Systems Technician Foreman will supervise and perform maintenance and installation tasking under the supervision of the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor or PM Coordinator. Tasking is based on ASC schedule requirements.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Supervise the activities of FEMC Fire Systems shop and Fire Systems Technicians
  • Supervise and perform hands-on maintenance of fire alarm, detection, notification, reporting, and suppression systems Suppression systems include, but are not limited to CO2, FE-13, Dry Chemical, Stove hood and sprinkler systems
  • Supervise and perform hands-on diagnosis, repair, and scheduled Preventative Maintenance on existing fire alarm, detection, notification, reporting, and suppression systems
  • Supervise and perform hands-on periodic maintenance on fire systems equipment in accordance with the Preventative Maintenance Program, NFPA and manufacturer's guidelines
  • Ensure proper installation and/or function of electronic aspects of fire systems on maintenance and construction projects
  • Ensure compliance with the applicable IBC, IFC and NFPA codes, and satisfaction of the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Coordinate testing, maintenance, and repair activities with applicable parties as required Parties may include Antarctic Fire Department, Station Management, Facilities Management, and building occupants, among others
  • Timely response to emergency service calls during and outside normal working hours
  • Maintain effective communication between departments and represent department as needed at operational meetings
  • Assist with ensuring accurate material and labor charge code use, and accurate timecard submittal
  • Interact with the National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person
  • Accurate and thorough documentation of hours worked, tasking performed, materials used, and processes involved
  • Advise supervisor of job progress, material/labor requirements, and personnel matters
  • Accomplish tasking utilizing design drawings, specifications, and 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
  • Routinely utilize independent judgment and discretion to identify potential issues and solve problems
  • Proactively identify any unsafe conditions, hazards, or Code violations and communicate them effectively
  • Work directly with other departments to plan and complete tasking
  • Learn and utilize computer based labor, material, and maintenance tracking applications
  • May deploy to remote research support facilities for day trips or extended periods (McMurdo Only)
  • Evaluate labor and material needs for tasking and assign duties to subordinate staff as appropriate
  • Interpret schedules, design drawings, specifications and diagrams to carry out tasking
  • Routinely inspect worksites and evaluate staff tasking
  • Ensure staff attendance of required trainings and maintain records of departmental trainings
  • Evaluate and identify job hazards and effectively communicate information to staff verbally and in writing through various venues, including weekly and daily crew meetings
  • Responsible for providing timely performance feedback to staff and timely submission of end-of-season evaluations to Human Resources
  • Provide suggestions and recommendations for re-hiring, termination and advancement of staff
  • Works with Human Resources to address conflict or personnel issues as they arise
  • Handle confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy and with the highest degree of professionalism
  • Communicate 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, Quality Assurance procedures, and safety practices
  • Assist with the ordering of resupply materials for the department to maintain adequate inventory on station
  • Access, review, and approve employee Deltek timesheets and Maximo Work Orders,
  • 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
  • Implement and maintain Work Center Safety Program and participate in 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 


  • NICET III or higher in Fire Alarms Systems or Water based system design, inspection and testing certification
  • 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
  • Must have been in a lead, Foreman, or supervisory position for a minimum of three of the eight years of experience
  • Experience in rough wiring, detection device installation, appliance termination, and head end termination
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable IBC, IFC and NFPA codes
  • Experience in construction and maintenance of commercial and/or industrial facilities
  • Ability to diagnose, maintain, adjust, repair and replace fire alarm, detection, notification, reporting, and suppression systems and components
  • 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 prior computer experience and 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
  • US citizenship or US Permanent Resident Status


  • Experience with Keltron Life Safety Event Management Systems
  • Experience with a variety of Fire Suppression systems
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. PAE is a drug free workplace.

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