Heavy Equipment Operator Lead - SPoT in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 11/21/2019

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Heavy Equipment Operator Lead - SPoT

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Is responsible for the safe and technically proficient operation of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, loaders, graders, snow blasters, traverse equipment, snow moving and grooming equipment.
  • Will provide work direction if Supervisor is unavailable.
  • Operates heavy equipment as required, including the following activities:
    Grading, 9,000lb knuckle boom crane operation, snow removal, traverse and equipment recovery operations, fueling bladders, loading/unloading cargo, perform basic maintenance on sleds and housing modules, runway construction and maintenance, recovery of science equipment including NASA payloads.
  • Counting, packing, and tracking supplies, food, fuel bladder filling, and gear for assigned traverses.
  • Operates on assigned traverse for no less than a 50 day duration to the South Pole and back at least once, (twice if assigned to SPOT 1 and 3).
  • Become proficient in reading Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) for crevasse detection to act as a back up to the Supervisor and Mountaineer.
  • Lubricates, checks fluids, and performs safety inspection and minor maintenance as required prior to operation of any equipment.
  • Arranges equipment maintenance according to manufacturer recommendations or as directed by the Traverse Shop Foreman and Traverse Operations Manager.
  • Tracks equipment hours and notifies Traverse Shop Foreman of impending maintenance requirements.
  • Performs duties in support of Operations Division metrics (as provided by supervisor).
  • Supports the achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly affected by this position’s work activity.
  • 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 heavy equipment, crawling, and working outdoors. 
  • Snow shoveling required due to location of position.
  • Implements and maintains a safe workplace program and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or GED is strongly preferred.
  • Valid Driver's license required.
  • Four years of experience as a heavy equipment operator are required.
  • Must have a minimum of 1 season with MCM Fleet Operations or South Pole Traverse.
  • Team player and group dynamics are of the utmost importance. 
  • 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.
  • US citizenship or US Permanent Resident Status is required.

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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