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Heavy Equipment Technician II

Government and Military

Aircraft Technician



Position Responsibilities:

All Heavy Equipment Technician II:

  • Diagnoses, troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains some and/or all of the following: construction, agricultural and heavy equipment.
  • Corrects deficiencies in components and ancillary equipment.
  • Performs service, maintenance, repairs and overhauls in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  • Performs equipment repairs in response to maintenance requests, in shop or in field locations.
  • Uses diagnostic procedures and test equipment to identify and correct equipment faults.
  • Analyzes and diagnoses mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electric, and electronic faults.
  • Operates some and/or all of the following shop equipment including overhead cranes, welders, compressors, presses, grinders, hand tools, and tire servicing equipment.
  • Lifts, moves and/or installs heavy parts and assemblies safely, using basic tooling and PPE. May be required to perform work outside in severe weather conditions.
  • Complies with all ASC Environmental, Health & Safety, and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Provides documentation as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.
  • May workdays, nights or swing shifts depending on operational needs.
  • Assists other mechanics and members of the Traverse, Field Camp and VMF team as required.
  • Documents all work performed including diagnosis, root cause, labor and parts. Conducts parts and repair requirements research and maintains records. Prepares reports as required.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Maintains a clean and safe workplace and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Performs other duties as required

South Pole Traverse (SPoT) only:

  • Operates heavy equipment on assigned traverse for no less than a 50-day duration to the South Pole and back at least once, max twice.
  • Live and work in close quarters with up to 10 people for the duration to the traverse.

Field Camps only:

  • Diagnoses, troubleshoots, repairs and maintains small engines and diesel fired heaters in a remote field camp or traverse setting
  • Live and work in close quarters with coworkers for the duration of the remote field camp or traverse season.
  • Operates heavy equipment for assigned traverse or camp

Required Education, Experience, Certificates and Licenses:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience in heavy equipment maintenance and repair required; or a minimum of four years’ experience with heavy equipment maintenance and repair, in addition to one summer or winter Antarctic deployment working as a heavy equipment technician.

Expected Skills and Competencies:

  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in lifting and bracing large and heavy parts/equipment with jacks, cranes, floor lift and cribbing
  • Team player and group dynamics are of the utmost importance.
  • Must be able to live and work with as a productive member of a high functioning team


  • Two years training at a technical school is highly desirable.
  • ASE certifications, and dealership certifications
  • Experience on a broad range of construction equipment, specifically Caterpillar tractors
  • Knowledge of sound mechanical practices as applied to commercial and special-purpose equipment, to include electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems
  • Welding experience is preferred
  • Previous experience with remote polar operations

Physical and/or Other Requirements:

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods
  • Successful completion of Medical and Dental examinations required by the NSF for deployment to Antarctica
  • Successful completion of drug screening and background check required by employer
  • Successful completion of Federal Background Check required by the NSF
  • Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum as required by the position.
  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors in extreme cold as required by the position.
  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts & safety objectives.
  • Valid Driver’s License issued in the United States
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain facility credentials/authorization. Note: US Citizenship is required for facility credentials/authorization at this work location.

Amentum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our 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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