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Boiler Mechanic – Antarctica

  • Anywhere
  • 60,000 - 80,000
  • Contract

Job Description


Supports the National Science Foundation managed United States Antarctic Program as part of the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC). Boiler Mechanic will perform hands-on boiler operation tasks on maintenance or construction projects, or any combination thereof, under the supervision of the PM Foreman. Tasking is based on ASC schedule requirements.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

Diagnose, repair, and perform scheduled Preventative Maintenance on boiler systems, hydronic and steam HVAC systems and associated equipment
Maintain boiler systems in accordance with provisions of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Boiler systems may include steam, hot water heaters, along with other types of heating systems, pumps, and air handlers
Maintain, monitor, troubleshoot and repair station boilers and associated systems, heat exchangers, pumps, controls, air handlers, commercial steam kitchens, and zone valves in all dorms
Monitor and repair circulating pumps, back-up pumps, heat exchangers, strainers, valves, expansion tanks, air separators, unit heaters, heating coils and system controls to assure adequate operations
Inspect all glycol and steam lines for damage
Perform preventive maintenance in accordance with the preventive maintenance program
Monitor, regulate and repair fuel lines and air adjustments for the boilers
Monitor, repair and maintain boiler control systems
Commissioning and startup of equipment
Submit reports as required by supervisor
Timely response to emergency service calls during and outside of normal working hours
Accurate and thorough documentation of hours worked, tasking performed, materials used, and processes involved
Advise immediate Supervisor of job progress and material/labor requirements
Accomplish tasking utilizing design drawings, specifications, and wiring diagrams
Follow established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and create or revise SOPs as needed
Perform tasking outdoors in environmentally challenging conditions including wind and extreme cold weather
Use solid decision making ability and sound judgment to safely and effectively solve problems
Proactively identify any unsafe conditions or hazards and communicate them effectively
Work directly with other departments to plan and complete tasking
Learn and use computer based labor, material, and maintenance tracking applications
May deploy to remote research support facilities for day trips or extended periods (McMurdo only)
Occasionally utilize the assistance of other station personnel to complete tasking, or assist other trades or departments with their tasking
Comply with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH), Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements
Participate in Work Center Safety Program and ASC safety objectives
Participate in community programs such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (station clean-up), “GASH” (galley clean-up at Palmer), and recycling efforts
Perform other duties as required 

Minimum 4 years’ experience in boiler operation and complete hydronic and steam HVAC systems maintenance and repair
Certificate in Steam Boiler Operation/Maintenance
Experience in construction and/or maintenance of commercial and/or industrial facilities
Possess prior computer experience and be able and willing to learn and effectively utilize computer based labor, inventory, and maintenance tracking applications
Possess the competencies, willingness and ability to perform the duties of position
Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods
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
Successful completion of Medical and Dental examinations required by the NSF for deployment to Antarctica
High School diploma or equivalent
Valid Driver’s License issued in the United States
Must be able to obtain employment within the United States without sponsorship.

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