Boilermaker Welder

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Overview of the role

As a Boilermaker/Welder on station you will be part of the team which maintains and develops the Australian stations on the Antarctic continent and at Macquarie Island.  Your responsibilities will include the safe operation of the metal working machinery and welding bays, assisting in the erection, cladding and fit out of new buildings as well as assisting in the maintenance of the existing infrastructure.

Boilermaker/Welder positions are generally only available for the Antarctic summer period, as approximately six month contracts with one month in Australia and five months at a station. Winter positions are occasionally available when required for a specific project.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the application kit below. You might also like to read more about working as a Tradesperson in Antarctica.

Employment conditions

Salary and allowances

The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $63,113 per annum ($2,420 per fortnight before tax).

Additional allowances totalling $58,026 per annum are payable while working in Antarctica.


A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.

Recreation leave

You will accrue recreation leave at the equivalent of 20 days per annum pro rata. Please note that recreation leave is not available in Antarctica, but will be paid out on return to Australia.


To discuss your application, please ring 1800 030 755 for general information or contact Ken Barrett on (03) 6232 3607 for position specific matters.

Application kit

The following documents contain important information you need to know about employment and related issues – please read them carefully.

Please note that if you do not demonstrate that you meet the required skills, knowledge and attributes for the role your application will not be considered further.

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