Electrical Power Generation Technician

£23,937 per annum pro rata + 10% tour completion bonus
18 Jan 2018
28 Feb 2018

Job reference: BAS 18/18

Contract type: Antarctic Contract

Duration: Antarctic Winter (Up to 18 months)

Salary: £23,937 per annum pro rata. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus on your Antarctic Service.

Benefits: We offer generous benefits

Team: Antarctic employment pool team

Location: Antarctica

Closing date: 1 April, 2018 11:59 pm


We are recruiting experienced and skilled technicians to take responsibility for maintenance, repair and support of all static and mobile electrical power producing plant and equipment at our research stations in Antarctica.

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 within the petrol/diesel fuelled engine maintenance 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 static and mobile electrical power producing plant and equipment on Station, including all non-mobile plant and equipment i.e. Nifty Lift, air compressors, chain saws etc. 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 petrol / diesel fuelled engine maintenance 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:

- All electrical power producing plant and equipment.

- All non-mobile plant and equipment.

- All aspects of Station electrical power production.

- All Mobile generator plant.

- All non-mobile plant and equipment i.e. Nifty Lift, air compressors, chain saws etc.

- All aspects of power generation controllers.

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

- Responsible for all generator maintenance schedules

- Responsible for refuelling the Station wide fuel tanks.

- 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.

- Maintaining and revising material and tools stock lists, to ensure that sufficient and adequate spares, equipment and materials are available to carry out all required PPM. Including all planned and programmed repair / replacement works for the following year.

- 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.

- Recording and documenting weekly and monthly installed meter readings.

- Production of an annual report on the condition of Station plant conditions and services, which should include any recommended improvements.

- 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.

- To undertake other duties as required by the director of BAS

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website by clicking APPLY.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 18/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st April 2018

Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 18th May 2018

Proposed start date: TBC

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at http://www.ukri.org. From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.