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

Date Posted: 8/26/2020

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Lead Heavy Equipment Operator (Fleet Ops)

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):
  • Operate autonomously to complete specific tasks and projects in support of Fleet Operations.
  • Effectively lead small groups of people to achieve departmental goals on a daily, weekly, and sometimes longer-term basis under the guidance of a Foreman or the Supervisor.  These small teams may include equipment operators, heavy equipment operators, and others
  • Coordinate with other HEO Leads and Foremen within Fleet Operations to ensure department-wide goals and daily operations are met and department wide resources are used efficiently.
  • Ensure safe and efficient use of all equipment assets that are being used by their team at McMurdo Station and its surroundings.
  • Perform daily equipment checks and ensure that all safety and maintenance issues are reported to the Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) daily via proper reporting methods. (Ex: Submit Work Order to VMF for repair)
  • Tracks equipment hours daily and notifies fleet operations office foreman any time equipment is within 25 hours of its PM due hours.
  • Ensure all team members read and understand the equipment manual for each piece of equipment prior to using that piece of equipment.
  • Ensure all team members are properly trained and evaluated in the safe use of any piece of equipment prior to allowing that team member to use the equipment unsupervised.
  • Provide written reports as needed summarizing work completed, issues encountered, lessons learned, equipment status, etc to ensure effective passing of information from shift to shift.
  • Safely and proficiently operate and/or over-see the operation of light vehicles such as pickups, 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, and cranes.
  • Complete daily work requests and assignments in a timely manner.
  • Attend meetings as needed to gain knowledge from and ensure coordination with all other departments in support of ASC operations.
  • Provide input to the Foremen and the Supervisor aiding in the completion of pre-season, mid-season, and end-of-season team member performance evaluations in accordance with established HR procedures.
  • Ensure all spills are properly reported and cleaned up per existing SOP’s.
  • Performs duties in support of Operations Division metrics.
  • Complies with and ensures all team members understand and comply with ASC Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance goals and requirements.
  • 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.
  • Maintains self-control and represents ASC-PAE to the highest standards during on and off hours
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or equivalent is required.
  • Two or Four year College degree is preferred.
  • 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.
  • Prior supervisory/leadership experience is preferred.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office preferred.
  • General knowledge and understanding of project schedules preferred.
  • Prior project management experience preferred.
  • Prior cold-climate equipment operations preferred.
  • Snow grooming, moving experience 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 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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