PAE, Inc Chief Engineer in Multiple Locations, Iraq

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Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer

This is a supervisory position based in Iraq and will be associated with the Project Support Office (PSO). The Chief Engineer will take ownership of all utilities associated with the facility including but not limited to all generators and associated power generation, transmission and distribution equipment as well as water purification and waste water treatment. This position reports to the Operations Manager. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


  • The Chief Engineer is responsible for overseeing the prime power and life support utilities programs and will be regarded as PAE’s professional authority on all engineering questions related to operations within this compound.

  • The Chief Engineer provides daily work assignments and supervises:

  • One Assistant Chief Engineer

  • One Generator Mechanic Supervisor

  • Two Power Generation Operator Supervisors

  • Nine Generator Mechanics

  • Two Power Generation Operators.

  • The Chief Engineer will be responsible to manage and oversee the:

  • Operation, calibration, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and repairs to all mechanical, electrical equipment systems and electrical/pneumatic control systems

  • The preventive maintenance, condition monitoring, repair, installation and modernization of all power generation, transmission and distribution equipment on the BDSC compound:

  • The 113 prime power generators made by Aggreko, Aggrko, Aksa, Caterpillar, Cummins, Ghapdar, Honda, Indeks, Perkins, Wilson and other manufacturers with outputs ranging from 20 kW up to 1600 kW.

  • The Chief Engineer also has the same responsibility to manage and oversee the operations of the water treatment and waste water treatment plants to include all pumping, filtering, piping and control systems.

  • The Chief Engineer:

  • Reports any malfunctions or lack of compliance with Statement of Work (SOW) to the Operations Manager.

  • Performs scheduled and unscheduled inspections.

  • Assists in developing the Statement of Work (SOW) when requested including diagrams and specifications in compliance with OSHA and National Electric Code (NEC) standards.

  • Maintains effective, timely and respectful communication and interaction with other employees, managers, and supports other organizations.

  • Performs other administrative tasks including material ordering, inventory, work scheduling

  • Collects, analyzes and summarizes data for report preparation and submits written reports.

  • Is responsible for facility custodianship of work area and management of tools, equipment and spare parts.

  • Must be able to take initiative to analyze a situation and to make frequent technical decisions based on specifications, safety and electrical codes.

  • Must be able to evaluate operational effectiveness and develop/maintain effective operational control mechanisms.

  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years’ experience in operations and maintenance of a large plant, facility, base or municipality; with specific experience in the operation of power plants, physical plants and building operations. The Chief Engineer shall also have a minimum of 3 years management experience overseeing large facility preventive maintenance programs supervising a workforce of 20 or more personnel in an overseas setting. The Chief Engineer must also be familiar with the fuels process.

  • Knowledge of applicable U.S. Codes and accepted trade practices.

  • Knowledge and experience regarding occupational hazards of the electrical and mechanical trades, related safety precautions and considerable skill required for the installation, maintenance and repair of power generation and water/waste water treatment systems and equipment.

  • Must have good organizational and communication skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently.


  • Education : A high school diploma or equivalent education is required. The Chief Engineer must have Certifications relating to power plant and central plant operations. Technical school and/or acceptable prime power certified generator school is mandatory. An electrical or mechanical engineering degree is preferable but not required.

  • Security Vetting : Must possess an active DOD or DOS clearance (minimum Secret, or higher as required by the position). Must maintain eligibility at the required security level for the duration of the contract.

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

  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is required for this position.

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


  • Relevant overseas appliance repair experience

  • Experience working with PAE.

  • Experience working with SOW, sub-contractors, budgets, estimating, working drawings and as-builts.


  • Knowledge of ALL principles and processes involved in operating and supporting power generation, transition, and distribution as well as water and waste water treatment functions at an overseas facility.

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for 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.

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.