The electrical boiler – the interface between the plumbers & the electricians at Mawson, 2008
The electrical boiler – the interface between the plumbers & the electricians at Mawson, 2008 (Photo: Peter Schuller)
Two plumbers working on the sewerage system, Davis 2010 Plumber working on Colbeck Hut, Mawson 2008The plumbers inspecting Gadget’s damChecking the water level, Mawson 2009Plumber at workStacking rubbish in the incinerator Working in the reverse osmosis plant at DavisPlumber cutting the sewage line in order to clear a blockage Plumber fitting new outer casing to pipeShaun Gillies, plumber at Casey

As a mechanical services plumber, you have a wide range of responsibilities, which range from water production, maintaining the station heating systems and sewage to fixing the Coke machine!

One of the most important jobs is the production of water which is used for drinking, heating and fire fighting.

Unlike your counterparts in Australia, you cannot just go out and buy spare parts when you need them, so you will need to be resourceful at times.

Your skills may also be called upon at times to support various science projects, so the work is constantly varied and interesting.

As the mechanical services plumber you will be responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of building mechanical services plant and equipment including all internal/external reticulated pipe work.

What will you actually do on the job?

  • Maintain, install and operate the following building services equipment & systems:
    • Reticulated heating hot water and associated pumping systems.
    • Reticulated potable water and associated pumping systems.
    • Reticulated fire services water and associated pumping systems.
    • Air handling plant, including ventilation and exhaust systems.
    • Sewage treatment plant and associated pumping equipment.
    • High temperature incineration plant.
    • Kitchen equipment and all LPG installations, including field huts.
    • Water production plant, including melt bell or reverse osmosis.
    • Medical gases and sterilisation equipment.
  • Prepare monthly reports.
  • Assist in science programs when necessary.

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.