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Heavy Equipment Mechanics Needed in Antarctica

Discussion in 'Employers Seeking Employees' started by Raytheon, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Raytheon

    Raytheon Member

    May 18, 2011
    Heavy Equipment Mechanic (2011-2012)

    Raytheon Polar Services – Experience Antarctica

    Seeking a unique adventure as well as employment? How would you like to be one of the few people on the planet to have the opportunity to live and work in Antarctica? Raytheon Polar Services is the primary contractor for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) U.S. Antarctic Program. We are currently looking for a Heavy Equipment Mechanic to deploy to the McMurdo or South Pole Antarctic research stations on a contract basis beginning approximately August/October 2011. We are also looking for Heavy Equipment Mechanics to work in remote field camps along with mechanics to work on the South Pole Traverse during the austral summer season (October – February). Mechanics working in remote locations may perform work under severe conditions. The ideal applicant must be able to work independently and safely.

    There are three contract lengths: Summer - (Approximately) October through February, Winter - (Approximately) February through October, or Year-Long - (Approximately) October through October.

    We are looking for Primary and Alternate employees to fill all contract positions. The Primary is first in line for the position. The Alternate is next in line to deploy should the Primary be unable to meet deployment requirements.


    You will be responsible for diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining construction and heavy support equipment. In this position you will be responsible for repairing a variety of equipment such as: Caterpillar bulldozers, loaders, generators, Foremost heavy ATVs, Case IH & Cat tractors, Pisten Bully & Tucker snow-cats, heavy trucks, trailers, and sleds from the past 40 years comprising the world's most varied equipment fleet. Corrects deficiencies in components and ancillary equipment. Repairs equipment in shop or in field locations. Performs service, maintenance, repair and overhaul in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.

    Responsible for ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace. Performs equipment repairs in response to maintenance requests. 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. Maintains a clean, orderly and safe working area. 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.

    Required Qualifications:

    High school diploma or equivalent is required. A valid driver’s license is required. Requires a minimum of five years experience in heavy equipment maintenance and repair.

    Desired Qualifications:

    Two years training at a technical school is highly desirable. State inspector certifications, ASE certifications, and dealership certifications a plus. Experience on a broad range of construction equipment and specifically Caterpillar tractors preferred. Certification in structural welding along with the ability to work independently and safely in remote locations is desired. Wilderness First Responder certification is desired for mechanics working field camps.

    Additional Polar Info:

    All contract positions include competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. For the time you are in Antarctica compensation also includes travel to and from the ice, room & board, and you are eligible for a performance-based bonus upon successful completion of your contract. FYI – Only authorized personnel are allowed on station and you need to remain on station for the duration of your contract except in case of emergency. Check out our website at http://rpsc.raytheon.com. All applicants must be able to provide proof of U.S. or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency once employment is offered and pass strict physical, dental, and psychological (for winter-over positions) examinations in order to qualify for deployment. Offers of employment are also contingent upon ability to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action. All employees must also comply with applicable safety, environment, health, and waste management policies and procedures.

    If you like to live on the edge and are interested in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – go to RayJobs.com and apply today.