PAE, Inc MEC Shop Foreman in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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MEC Shop Foreman

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • In summer, responsible for day-to-day shop operations. In winter, responsible for the operation and supervision of the winter-over operations of the MEC.

  • Responsible for the maintenance and repair of, but not limited to, snowmobiles, ATVs, and/or maintenance and repair of gasoline and diesel generators, up to 100kw in size, and portable gasoline and diesel heaters, ice drills, chainsaws, and other small equipment.

  • May also perform scheduled maintenance of light vehicles, filter and fluid changes while in field camp settings. May be required to perform TDY in the Denver headquarters office in preparation for upcoming field seasons.

  • Provides direct supervision of maintenance and operations activities on all winter-over activities within the MEC. Provides direction to floor mechanics on a day-to-day basis during the Austral summer while working under the Supervisor MEC.

  • Provides direct supervision of all MEC mechanics, in the absence of the Supervisor of MEC, including the handling of personnel issues.

  • Assigns tasks, coordinates the flow of work, and inspects the quality of workmanship on equipment.

  • Supervises the work of all mechanics, skilled workers and helpers engaged in the repair and upkeep of MEC Science Support equipment.

  • Ensures work request priorities are complied with.

  • Monitors all in-progress work to ensure quality, timely completion and control of material.

  • Documents work order progress.

  • Prepares and submits reports on the progress of all new and on-going work projects.

  • Generates and approves requisitions for supplies and equipment.

  • Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy.

  • Performs duties in support of Science Support metrics. Trains and orients subordinate employees on performance, documentation and activities that effect the achievement of Science Support metrics.

  • Supports the achievement of metrics, whether metrics can be directly or indirectly affected by this position's activities.

  • Provides direct support, using staff resources if necessary, to the achievement of all metrics related to program.

  • Complies with all Environmental Health & Safety, and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.

  • Ensures that all subordinate employees are trained in, and understand Environmental Health & Safety, and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.

  • Maintains documentation as necessary to meet these requirements.

  • Performs maintenance, diagnosis and repair of generators and small equipment. Performs diagnosis and repair of snowmobiles, ATVs.

  • Performs rebuilds on engines, drive trains or components of equipment.

  • Provides training for personnel on the safe use of the above equipment.

  • Provides training in operation and field maintenance to grantees and support personnel.

  • Performs on-site work to equipment in field as required.

  • Provides training as needed to mechanics.

  • Documents all work performed and maintains pertinent records.

  • Assesses suitability of equipment to grantee needs, designing and implementing modifications and custom fabrications as required.

  • Operates and maintains shop equipment, including welders, compressors, presses, etc.

  • Maintains adequate supply of spare parts and tools, in coordination with the materials person.

  • Employees and contractors may, in the course of performing their official duties, have access to a wide variety of personal identifiable and sensitive information (PII/SI) electronically and in hard copy. Personal and sensitive data including Social Security numbers, date and place of birth, demographic data, home addresses/telephone numbers/personal email addresses, passport numbers, bank account numbers, performance reviews, reviewer identity tied to performance reviews, unfunded proposals, proprietary parts of funded proposals, and other similar information should be protected according to Federal regulations and United States Antarctic Program policy, and only disclosed in accordance with the United States Antarctic program requirements.

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

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Technical school is preferred.

  • Minimum of five years of experience in equipment maintenance, with three years experience at the supervisory level, is required.

  • Complies with applicable safety, environment, health, and waste management policies and procedure.

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.

  • 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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