Mechanical Services Technician – Summer Only – Antarctica

at British Antarctic Survey
Location Any Research Station, Antarctica
Date Posted 15th February 2017
Category In the field
In the field & office
In the office
Job Type Contract/short-term


We are recruiting experienced and skilled technicians to take responsibility for maintenance, repair and support of mechanical services at our Antarctic research stations during the Antarctic (austral) summer months.

We are offering a rare opportunity to do what may seem like an ordinary job in the most extraordinary place on Earth. The UK’s polar research effort is critically important for understanding environmental issues that affect everyone. Antarctica is also the most exhilarating and spectacular workplace you could imagine.

You will have served a full apprenticeship, have a BTEC, relevant City & guilds or NVQ with a recognised qualification within the mechanical service industry and have post qualification/apprenticeship practical site experience.

With high levels of self-motivation and strong team-working skills you will be able to manage your time well, anticipate problems and take responsibility for reporting issues to your managers and fellow team members.


As a member of the Engineering and Technology Team (Estates) you will be responsible for supporting planned maintenance, reactive repair, up-keep of all mechanical and associated services including the installation of new pipework for water, heating and sewage systems. Using your own initiative you will be required to undertake duties without direct technical guidance on site, but you will know when to seek advice or guidance.


Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ.

Recognised qualification within the mechanical services industry.


Working under the direction of, and reporting to, your line manager and Research Station Leader you will contribute your expertise and skills to support the efficient operation, maintenance and repair of:

- Water systems
- Desalination systems
- Sewage systems including sewage treatment plants
- Oil fired boilers
- LPG installations
- Laboratory gas installations
- Heating & ventilation systems
- Fire suppression systems
- Domestic appliances, fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers etc
- Building management systems (BMS)
- Pumps
- Installation of new pipework, for water, heating and sewage systems

To ensure that operational needs of the research station are met efficiently and effectively you will be responsible for:

- Reporting of problems or work requests to the line manager.
- Carrying out works as directed by the line manager.
- Carrying out the pre-planned maintenance (PPM) programme.
- Carrying out non-routine repair and maintenance as necessary, to ensure the safe, efficient and effective operational needs of the Station.
- Carrying out and supervising the installation of refurbishment works as required to meet the efficient and effective operational needs of the Station.
- Maintenance of tools and resources required to complete all maintenance and repair works.
- Reporting and documenting all works carried out through the PPM system.
- Recording and documenting of all reactive works carried out.
- Recording and advising on the requirement to add elements to the PPM system.
- Work with and ‘stand in for’ other staff to ensure the efficient and effective operational needs of the Station are maintained.
- Undertake other general duties as required or directed by the line manager and Station Leader.


For further details and to apply please see the link below:

The closing date for applications is the 2nd April

We are particularly keen to hear from members of the Explorers Connect community so please mention Explorers Connect in your application.