PAE, Inc Controls Technician in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Controls Technician

Supports the Antarctic Support Contract and the National Science Foundation's United States Antarctic Program, accomplishing hands-on systems controls tasks on maintenance and construction projects as needed.

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.

  • Responsible for the commissioning, diagnosis, calibration, repair of environmental-control systems, and process, utilizing knowledge of electronics, direct digital control (DDC), airflow, hydronics, refrigeration theory, pH sensors, flow meters, electrical meters and system control techniques.

  • Analyzes, diagnoses, and repairs direct digital control system components.

  • Performs preventive maintenance, component replacement and corrections as needed.

  • Maintains adherence to the configuration control process and proposes changes to the existing systems via the Configuration Change Request (CCR) process in concurrence with the responsible engineers for each area.

  • Works with the Controls Engineer, Power Plant Engineer, Power Plant Supervisor(s) and the Facility Engineer to keep all control systems, mechanical and electromechanical field devices operating according to the basis of design.

  • Works to keep these systems operating as efficiently as possible.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High School diploma or equivalent is required. Associates degree in controls, systems, mechanical or electrical engineering is preferred.

  • Minimum of eight years of experience in the maintenance of complex controls systems with multiple interactions is required.

  • Must have knowledge of how DDC, PLC, and/or other industrial control systems work to include some minor programming. Must know and understand controls and electromechanical systems. Must have knowledge of troubleshooting some or all of the following equipment: furnaces, boilers, pumps, fans, modulating valves, fluid flow and air flow systems, heat trace, electrical and controls systems.

  • 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.

  • US citizenship is required

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.

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