PAE, Inc Heavy Equipment Mechanic in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Maintains a clean and safe workplace program and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Diagnoses, troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains construction and heavy support equipment.

  • Corrects deficiencies in components and ancillary equipment.

  • Performs service, maintenance, repair and overhaul in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.

  • Ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Performs equipment repairs in response to maintenance requests, in shop or in field locations..

  • Repairs heavy equipment, removing/replacing components.

  • Uses diagnostic procedures and test equipment to identify and correct equipment faults.

  • Performs mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electric, and electronic analyses and diagnoses.

  • Operates shop equipment including cranes, welders, compressors, presses, grinders, heavy hand tools, and tire servicing equipment.

  • Lifts, moves and/or installs heavy parts and assemblies safely, using basic tooling and PPE. May perform work outside under severe weather conditions.

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

  • Works rotating shifts as required 24 hours/day.

  • Assists other mechanics and members of the VMF team as required.

  • Documents all work performed including diagnosis, root cause, labor and parts. Conducts research, orders parts, and maintains records. Prepares reports as required.

  • Works to achieve ASC goals and contractual commitments. Supports achievement of ASC metrics, whether directly or indirectly effected by the position’s work activities. Performs duties in support of Operations Division metrics (as provided by supervisor).

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

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or equivalent required.

  • Two years training at a technical school is highly desirable.

  • Valid driver’s license required.

  • Five years’ experience in heavy equipment maintenance and repair required.

  • State inspector certifications, ASE certifications, and dealership certifications a plus.

  • Experience on a broad range of construction equipment, specifically Caterpillar tractors is preferred.

  • 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.

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.