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Electrical Power Generation Technician

Please quote ref no: BAS 03/14
Closing date for applications: 20 Apr 2014

Main Description

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

We now require Electrical Power Generation Technicians to take responsibility for all planned maintenance, reactive repair, support and upkeep of all static and mobile electrical power producing plant and equipment on Station. Including the planned maintenance, reactive repair, support and upkeep of all non-mobile plant and equipment i.e. Nifty Lift, air compressors, chain saws etc

Qualifications: Served full apprenticeship or relevant City & Guilds.

Recognised qualification within petrol / diesel fuelled engine maintenance industry.

Duration: Appointments will be for a period of 6 months or 18 months

Salary: will be from 23,700 per annum.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.antarctica.ac.uk/employment

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 03/14
Closing date for receipt of application forms is. 20th April 2014
Interviews are scheduled to be held on. w/c 16th June 2014


We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.
You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.


Formal Description

Electrical Power Generation Technician
Ref No.: BAS 03/14
Closing Date: 20 Apr 2014

1. Job Title: Electrical Power Generation Technician
  Reference No: BAS 03/14
  Department: BAS Estates
  Line Manager: Facilities Engineer
  Contract Type: Antarctic Employment Pool (AEP)

2. Location:
Antarctica

3. Purpose:
To take responsibility for all planned maintenance, reactive repair, support and upkeep of all static and mobile electrical power producing plant and equipment on Station. Including the planned maintenance, reactive repair, support and upkeep of all non-mobile plant and equipment i.e. Nifty Lift, air compressors, chain saws etc.

4. Duties:
- Maintenance and repair of all electrical power producing plant and equipment.
- Maintenance and repair of all non-mobile plant and equipment.
- Responsible for all aspects of Station electrical power production.
- Responsible for all generator maintenance schedules.
- Responsible for all maintenance of mobile generator plant.
- Responsible for all non-mobile plant and equipment i.e. Nifty Lift, air compressors, chain saws etc.
- Responsible for all aspects of power generation controllers.
- 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 other staff to ensure efficient and effective operational needs of the Station are maintained.
- Undertake other general duties as required or directed by the line manager and Station Commander.
- If deployed to Bird Island or Signy, be responsible for all mechanical and electrical services, including electrical power generation.

Skills Specification

Electrical Power Generation Technician
Ref No.: BAS 03/14
Closing Date: 20 Apr 2014

Characteristics Essential Requirements
Importance rating in parenthesis
  Desirable Requirements
Importance rating in parenthesis
Decision Making
* Ability to report any problems or issues to line manager.  
* Be self motivated.  
* Ability to work within a management structure.  
 
Literacy, Numeracy & Computer Skills
* Use of e-mail systems  
* Basic computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite of programmes.  
* Able to read and interpret drawings.  
* Fluent in both written and spoken English.  
 
* Report writing. (3)
* Use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM). (3)
Managing
 
* Able to plan and manage both time and workload. (3)
Personal Skills
* Ability to work either individually or as part of a team.  
 
* Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given. (3)
* Good problem solving skills. (3)
Qualifications
* Recognised qualification within petrol / diesel fuelled engine maintenance industry.  
* Served full apprenticeship or relevant City & Guilds.  
 
Resource Management ability
* Ability to use tools and materials in a workmanlike manner.  
 
* Understanding and experience of the importance of stock control, monitoring and ordering. (3)
Skills / Experience
* Knowledge of engine maintenance.  
* Knowledge and experience of light industrial electrical power generators and systems.  
* Practical post qualification / apprenticeship experience.  
 
* Experience of pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM). (3)
* Knowledge of power generation control systems i.e. Deep Sea controllers. (3)
* Knowledge of maintenance for small petrol and diesel fuelled plant and equipment. (3)