Shop Foreman - 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

Shop Foreman - SPoT

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Directs the maintenance and repair of Antarctic equipment.
  • Functions as recognized technical expert in the field of Antarctic equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Performs extremely complex repairs on a broad range of equipment in the shop and in the field.
  • Responsible for corrective maintenance accomplishment as outlined by program management.
  • Directs the work of all 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 all in-progress work to ensure quality, timely completion and control of material.
  • Delegates assigned tasks and performs inspections of all work in progress on a daily basis.
  • Documents work order progress and communicates issues that arise with customers and management.
  • Maintains records of shop activities, on 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 on assigned traverse for no less than a 50 day duration to the South Pole and back at least once max twice.
  • Live and work in close quarters with up to 10 people for the duration of the traverse.
  • 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.
  • Maintains and provides documentation to others as necessary to ensure adequate legal documentation.  
  • Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy.
  • Responsible for the training and development of the crew assigned, to include a healthy safety culture and an environment of technical competence and professional execution of a world-class maintenance program.
  • Responsible for the safety and accountability of the crew assigned, to include maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • 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.
  • 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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