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Refrigeration 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). Refrigeration Mechanics perform refrigeration repair and maintenance on maintenance and construction projects, or any combination thereof, under the supervision of the Preventative Maintenance Foreman. Tasking is based on ASC schedule requirements.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

Perform refrigeration equipment installation and maintenance tasks on maintenance and construction projects
Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on refrigeration and cooling equipment in accordance with the preventive maintenance program This includes installation and startup of refrigeration and cooling equipment utilizing special tools and equipment
Diagnose, repair, and perform scheduled Preventative Maintenance on existing refrigeration systems and equipment
Effectively communicate with affected parties regarding planned tasking, issues, or impacts
Advise the Preventive Maintenance Foreman on job progress and material/labor requirements
Maintain up to date refrigeration inventory
Assist Facilities Maintenance Supervisor and PM Foreman in determining materials for inventory re-supply
Order replacement parts as needed
Act as EPA required “Refrigerant Manager” for CFC tracking, leak detection and reporting functions
Work with all electrical components from disconnect throughout 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 required in refrigeration mechanic work, including installation and maintenance of refrigeration equipment
Ability to diagnose, maintain, adjust, repair, and replace refrigeration systems and components
Current EPA Section 608 Universal Technician Certification
Current HVAC-R license
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.

Experience in commercial and/or industrial facilities
Ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, and diagrams
Experience with Maximo or other Computerized Maintenance Management System
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. PAE is a drug free workplace.

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