Shop Foreman (Field) in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 9/9/2020

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Shop Foreman (Field)

GENERAL DUTIES (not all-inclusive):

  • Responsible for the safety and accountability of the assigned field personnel under their direction, to include maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Directs the maintenance and repair of Antarctic, deep field equipment.
  • Functions as recognized technical expert for Antarctic field equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Performs extremely complex repairs on a broad range of equipment in the shop and in the field.
  • Responsible for planning, tracking and completion of corrective maintenance plans as outlined by program management.
  • Travels to established field sites at least every other year, where equipment is utilized to perform equipment maintenance checks, update stock room inventories, audit current work order procedures, and review quality of tools and literature available to the camp technicians.  
  • Directs the work of skilled workers, administrators and helpers engaged in the repair and upkeep of assigned mobile and stationary equipment, associated tooling and materials, and supporting parts stock.
  • Ensures work request priorities are completed and adjusts tasking as mission requires in order to meet urgent needs.
  • Coordinates work requirements and assigns personnel to specific tasks.
  • Executes and/or monitors in-progress work to ensure quality, timely completion and control of material.
  • Delegates assigned tasks and performs inspections of work in progress.
  • Documents work order progress and communicates to management and customers issues that arise.
  • Maintains records on field fleet activities, for both individual work orders and permanent technical documentation.
  • Prepares and submits reports on the progress of all new work projects, and individuals assigned.
  • Generates requisitions for supplies.   Provides assessments of and recommendations for, equipment.
  • Operates heavy equipment at assigned camps and on science traverses, as required.
  • Lives and works in close quarters during duration of the camp or traverse site visit.
  • Supports achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics can be directly or indirectly affected by this position’s activities.
  • Complies with ASC Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals, and ensures that subordinate employees do the same.
  • Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy.
  • Assists continental field supervisor with the hiring and supervision of field technicians (HETs and LVTs) and heavy equipment operator (HEO) personnel.
  • Responsible for the training and development of the technician and HEO pool, to include a healthy safety culture and an environment of technical competence and professional execution of a world-class maintenance program.
  • Responsible for the review and summary of field technician and HEO end of season reports and the production of parts and equipment order based on those reports.
  • Responsible for inventory control and management process for field fleet equipment, to include but not limited to on hand stock, stock room management, prioritization between camps/projects as necessary, and developing the most efficient practices
  • Provides annual update on status of field fleet and recommends priority of actions to Field Management
  • Assists field management with technical input on new acquisitions and recommends on best equipment for the tasking required
  • Performs other duties as required


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Two years training at a technical school is preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in machinery trades, including small engine, automotive or heavy equipment maintenance and repair, or relevant mechanical experience is required.
  • Requires knowledge of sound mechanical practices as applied to commercial and special purpose equipment, using chemicals and tools, methods of handling heavy mechanisms, internal combustion engines and electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems.
  • Supervisory or leadership experience is required.
  • Must be a team player, work collaboratively and communicate clearly with co-workers.
  • 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.

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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