Heavy Equipment Operator (Fleet Ops) in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 9/16/2020

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Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Heavy Equipment Operator (Fleet Ops)

Job Description

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Is responsible for the safe and technically proficient operation of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, articulating loaders, excavators, graders, backhoes, fork-lifts, tele-handlers, snow blasters, tracked agricultural tractors, piston bullys, dump-trucks, snow moving and grooming equipment, etc.
  • Operates heavy equipment as required, including but not limited to the following activities in both dirt and snow:
    Road grading, ditch digging, trench excavating, movement, stock-piling, and loading of aggregate, snow plowing, snow removal, loading/unloading of trailers, disabled vehicle recovery, road construction and maintenance, airfield construction and maintenance, loading/unloading of shipping containers.
  • Performs daily equipment checks to ensure all equipment is properly maintained and in safe operating condition.  Notates any repair or maintenance needs on the daily check list and notifies Foreman of these items daily.  Checks all fluids and immediately notifies the Vehicle Maintenance Facility of any deficiencies and takes care of them prior to operation.
  • Performs daily safety inspection per the manufacturers daily check list and performs minor maintenance as required prior to operation of any equipment.
  • Identify and create work orders for general maintenance needs according to manufacturer recommendations or as directed by the Vehicle Maintenance Facility and Fleet Operations leadership.
  • Tracks equipment hours daily and notifies fleet operations office foreman any time equipment is within 25 hours of its PM due hours.
  • Performs general duties as required in support of Fleet Operations and ASC Operations Division metrics.
  • Supports the achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly affected by this position’s work activities.
  • Complies with all ASC Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.
  • Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate legal documentation.
  • Works to achieve ASC goals and contractual commitments.
  • Performs physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of tall vehicles and heavy equipment, crawling as needed, working outdoors in extreme cold, and walking long distances daily. 
  • Snow shoveling, ice-chipping, and other forms of manual labor required due to location of position.
  • Implements and maintains a safe workplace program and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Read and understand the manufacturers operating manual for each piece of equipment prior to operation of that equipment.
  • Accurately records time worked and equipment hours used daily in Maximo and Deltek.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or equivalent is required.
  • Valid Driver's license required. Class A or B CDL preferred.
  • Four years of experience as a heavy equipment operator (such as those outlined above) is required. Snow grooming, moving experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office preferred.
  • General knowledge and understanding of project schedules preferred.
  • Prior cold-climate equipment operations 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 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 & safety objectives.
  • Must be able to legally obtain work in the US
  • PAE covers all program related expenses for travel to and from Antarctica as well as housing and food while deployed.

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.

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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