Shop Foreman (VMF) in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 8/1/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Shop Foreman (VMF)

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Directs the maintenance and repair of equipment and vehicles.
  • Functions as recognized technical expert in the field of equipment and vehicle maintenance and repair.
  • Performs extremely complex repairs on a broad range of equipment in the shop and in the field.
  • Responsible for accomplishing corrective maintenance as outlined by VMF Supervisor.
  • Directs the work of VMF staff engaged in the repair and upkeep of mobile and stationary equipment, associated tooling and materials, and supporting parts stock.
  • Ensures work request priorities are completed and adjusts tasking as required to meet urgent needs.
  • Coordinates work orders and assigns personnel to specific tasks.
  • Executes and/or monitors all in-progress work to ensure quality, timely completion and control of material.
  • Documents work order progress and communicates issues with customers and VMF Supervisor.
  • Maintains records of shop activities, on both individual work orders and permanent technical documentation (printed shop manuals i.e. Caterpillar, Canadian Foremost, some Ford manuals, etc).
  • Prepares and submits reports on the progress of all work projects.
  • Writes end-of-season performance evaluations on the heavy and light equipment technicians, and the technician assistant.
  • Generates purchase requisitions for materials. Provides assessments of and recommendations for equipment.
  • 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 strong 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 eight (8) years’ experience with heavy and light vehicle & equipment maintenance and repair, required.
  • Experience with generators, mobile cranes, light plants, compaction, ski resort grooming, waste management and firefighting equipment is highly preferred.
  • Requires knowledge of sound mechanical practices as applied to commercial and special-purpose equipment, to include electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems.
  • Proficiency in lifting and bracing large and heavy parts/equipment with jacks, cranes, floor lift and cribbing is required. 
  • Two (2) years’ supervisory or leadership experience is required.
  • 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 without sponsorship
  • 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.

EEO is the Law Poster

EEO is the Law Poster Supplement