PAE, Inc HVACR Technician, Lead in Baghdad, Iraq

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HVACR Technician, Lead

The HVACR Technician, Lead will be based at one of four locations in Iraq. This position will work out of the HVAC Shop and will be responsible for leading installation, maintenance, and repair to HVAC equipment throughout the site. The HVACR Technician, Lead reports to the HVACR Supervisor. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.


  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Comply with all Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Provide information and materials to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.

  • Perform maintenance and repair to 200T direct drive semi-hermetic rotary twin-screw MTS compressor chillers, AHU’s, fan coil units. Maintain DX’s units ranging from 1T to 150T modular equipment working with a range of refrigerants.

  • Perform maintenance on VFD’s, motors ranging from 5hp to 40hp.

  • Perform maintenance and repair on chill water circulation pumps.

  • Proficient in troubleshooting chiller control boards working around high AC and DC voltages.

  • Perform maintenance and repair on VAV boxes, electric heaters, and exhaust fans.

  • Perform daily inspections of equipment as part of the RCM program maintaining daily inspection reports, maintaining daily log books, maintaining inventory control records.

  • Proficient using refrigerant charging equipment and recovery equipment.

  • On-call 24/7 and must be willing to quickly respond to critical issues.

  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Minimum Acceptable Experience Level: Ten (10) years HVAC repair experience on commercial equipment.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform physical labor including safely lifting a minimum of 70 pounds.

  • Expertise in standard shop computations and measuring instruments.

  • Experience in OCONUS operations and maintenance projects in an international environment preferred.

  • Able to collect, analyze, and summarize data and prepare daily reports and work orders.

  • Good organizational and communication skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently.

  • Knowledge and use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

  • Education: A high school diploma or GED.

  • Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid drivers’ license from Home of Record.

  • Skilled trades certificate in HVAC.

  • Security Vetting: Already possess a Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) or be able to obtain a favorable MRPT certification prior to being hired is required for the position. Must maintain eligibility at the required certification level for the duration of the contract.

  • Language Skills: Strong, professional, oral and written English communication skills.

  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is not required.

  • Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination.


  • Previous out of home country experience is highly desirable and previous work experience in harsh environmental conditions is a plus.

  • Experience working with PAE.


  • Knowledge of principles and processes involved in supporting HVAC functions at an overseas facility.

  • Experience providing excellent customer services.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • Expert computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team.

  • Must have the ability to be innovative and be an agent for change.

  • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information.

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Iraq for extended periods is required. Position may be located in a war zone in an environment with harsh and dangerous working and living conditions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be exposed to extreme and austere desert-like environment - temperatures can reach 120- 130 degrees Fahrenheit/50-55 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Must be willing and able to perform regular job requirements in this austere and extreme environment.

  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including but not limited to heavy lifting and moving of items, parts, assemblies and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum; climbing in and out of equipment; crawling; and working outdoors. This includes being able to lift and carry 40 pounds of personal protective equipment for extended periods of time; and being capable of running and ‘duck & cover’ during emergencies without putting oneself or others at risk.

  • Must successfully complete and pass the medical and dental examinations as required by PAE and our customer for deployment to Iraq. Must maintain physical and dental requirements for duration of deployment.

  • Must be able to work a minimum of 6 days per week and 10 hours per day, some jobs have higher daily and weekly minimums.

  • Must possess satisfactory English proficiency to meet job requirements and to adhere and comply with safety, health and security measures.

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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s 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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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), should you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a currently open position with PAE, please call Recruiting at (703) 656-6064 or email with "Disability Assistance" in the subject line.