Electrician

Electrician with sunscreen on her face
Sunsmart sparky (Photo: Rodney McCulloch)
Geoff fitting out new field store at CaseyElectrician undertaking electrical checks in the Main Power House at CaseyElectrician working on the site services heat trace at MawsonSparkies testing heat trace on site services at CaseySwitching in the main power house at DavisTesting electrical circuits in Davis Main Power HouseRemote area power supply (wind & solar) is used at some field huts on Macquarie IslandWorking on the cable tray for the new Met satellite receiver facility at Davis

As an electrician or instrument electrician on one of our Antarctic stations, your work will be interesting and challenging. You are likely to gain a more wide ranging experience within the trade than you would at most other workplaces in Australia, as you will basically be maintaining the electrical network of a small town.

Your tasks will range from domestic house wiring to commercial industrial activities: installing power points to maintaining diesel generator sets and wind turbines! In addition to your own trade, you will often called upon to work with other trades people such as carpenters, diesel mechanics and plumbers.

What will you actually do on the job?

  • Conduct the efficient and effective operation and maintenance of the power generation facilities at a station.
  • Operate and maintain the electrical distribution facilities and equipment.
  • Operate and maintain all refrigeration equipment.
  • Maintain the automatic fire alarm systems including all fire detection and protection equipment.
  • Operate and maintain the BMCS.
  • Properly maintain the electrical, refrigeration and fire group stores, record stock movements and re-order stores.
  • Prepare and submit monthly and annual reports.
  • Assist in science programs when necessary.
  • An instrument electrician will additionally:
    • Maintain and install control systems and associated equipment. Tasks will include troubleshooting, routine maintenance, calibration and fault-finding.
    • Install, configure and troubleshoot instruments and sensors including flow meters, variable speed drives, temperature sensors, pressure and level transmitters, air quality sensors, communications devices and interfaces.
    • Carry out limited control programming and configuration changes such as the development of alarm settings, sensor limits, time schedules, temperature set points, control strategies and interface graphics.
    • Maintain complex plant and associated control systems such as reverse osmosis units, waste water treatment plant and wind turbines.

As well as these specific job roles you will also be required to perform station duties rostered by the station leader to support community life, such as general kitchen duties, garbage clearance, water duties, and assisting other expedition members with official programs. You may volunteer for other duties such as firefighting, hydroponics and boating.

Interested in working in Antarctica?

Jobs in Antarctica are advertised during a recruitment period towards the end of each year. Some positions are not available every year. For more information, see Jobs in Antarctica.

This page was last modified on 25 March 2013.