Water Plant Mechanic in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 7/30/2020

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Water Plant Mechanic

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Maintains a safe workplace program and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Complies with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH), Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements, goals, policies and procedures.  Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.
  • Responsible for operation, preventative maintenance and repair of the sea water desalinization and treatment system.
  • Performs preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs on reverse osmosis units, pumps, valves, piping systems, water monitoring equipment and all auxiliary equipment as required.
  • Maintains cleanliness of water plant.
  • Responds to unscheduled equipment or process failures.
  • Ensures efficient and economical operation of station water production equipment.
  • Completes maintenance records and maintains operating logbooks and databases as required.
  • Maintains control of plant tools, manuals, repair parts, assemblies and consumables. Maintains inventory accuracy at 98% or better.
  • Works closely with and takes direction from the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) and coordinates in ordering repair and/or spare parts, maintenance parts, assemblies and consumables.
  • Trains Water Plant Operator’s on mechanical equipment as directed.
  • Complies with applicable Safety, Environment, Health, and Waste Management policies and procedures.
  • Advises the Power & Water Supervisor of the status of water production equipment and systems.
  • Monitors liquid nitrogen production equipment.
  • Monitors and performs preventive maintenance on waste heat recovery system and components.
  • Performs preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of all auxiliary systems including but not limited to glycol pumps & motors, ventilation fans and air compressors.
  • Assists the Waste Water Treatment Plant operator in performing troubleshooting, maintenance, or overhauls of plant equipment.
  • Works a rotating shift; day, swing or night shift
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Performs duties in support of division metrics (as provided by supervisor).
  • Supports the achievement of PAE and ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly, effected by this position's work activities.
  • Works to achieve ASC goals and contractual commitments.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Colorado Class “D” Certification (or other states’ equivalent) preferred .
  • Minimum four years’ experience in Reverse Osmosis Plant and/or water production and treatment operations, maintenance and repair.
  • Successful completion of HAZWOPER 40 Hour Certification preferred.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Millwright experience highly preferred.
  • Plumbing / Pipefitting 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 and safety objectives.
  • Must be able to obtain employment within the United States without sponsorship.

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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