• Play a key role in the renewal of water infrastructure assets.
• Seeking technical knowledge/experience in the harvesting and treatment of potable water and treatment of wastewater.
• Become the AAD technical subject matter expert for water systems and equipment.Who we are
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is part of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. As primary agency for Australia’s Antarctic Program (AAP), the AAD is responsible for achieving the Australian Government’s Antarctic goals. These goals are to:
• maintain the Antarctic Treaty System and enhance Australia’s influence within it
• protect the Antarctic environment
• understand the role of Antarctica in the global climate system
• undertake scientific work of practical, economic and national significance.
The AAD also has responsibility for administering the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands.
The Assets and Infrastructure Branch provides and maintains the equipment and infrastructure to support the Australian Antarctic Program. This ranges from maintenance of existing assets through to developing or procuring new assets and capability. The Assets & Infrastructure Engineering Group:
• assures the safety, capability and environmental compliance of the built environment at each of Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic facilities
• provides expert engineering advice and support to AAD personnel to assist in ensuring the technical integrity of infrastructure and the safety and reliability assurance program
• provides branch wide engineering support and services in the areas of strategic asset management, master planning, compliance management, technical publications and technical drawings.
The Antarctic Infrastructure Section is responsible for the management, maintenance and engineering development of the built infrastructure at Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic. The section consists of an expeditioner workforce which carries out construction and maintenance activities at the stations and a management group of engineering and technical staff at the AAD’s head office.
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has 3 Antarctic stations and another station on the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. All of these stations have a series of water storage tanks to provide for the day-to-day fluctuations in demand and to maintain a quantity of water for fire response. Casey and Mawson utilised their proximity to the Antarctic ice sheet to melt snow/ice for daily potable demand. Davis is situated in a large ice-free area (Vestfold Hills) and as such seawater is desalinated every January/February and the entire year’s needs is stored in additional large, heated tanks. Macquarie Island utilises a small dam to provide raw water to the supply tanks. The AAD is currently in the process of replacing the day-to-day water storage tanks as part of the overall plans for the renewal of the water infrastructure assets and development of new infrastructure as part of the station modernisation program.
The Project Engineer will work at head office as a member of the Antarctic Infrastructure Section. Key duties will include, but are not limited to:
• being the technical subject matter expert for water systems and equipment
• being the responsible authority for the whole of life planning for maintenance and replacement of water systems and equipment
• project ownership for water systems and equipment projects executed by others
• in conjunction with the trades team, reviewing and approving project deliverables and operational readiness materials such as O&M manuals, maintenance strategies and spares lists
• participating in the acceptance and commissioning of new systems and equipment as required
• through the Trade Supervisor – Plumbing, lead the management and delivery of plumbing trade activities for:
– potable water harvesting, purification and distribution, including treatment plant operations
– wastewater collection and treatment, including treatment plant operations
– sheet metal work, including HVAC ducting
– the hydronic heating system
– the fuel farm and associated piping
– other related activities*
• supporting Trade Supervisors to incorporate WHS and environmentally sound execution practices in the trade tasks on station
• participating in, or leading, investigations and corrective actions arising from WHS or environmental incidents, near misses or hazards
• planning and preparation for the above activities, including maintenance management, procurement of materials and inventory management
• recruitment and training of the on station workforce, through the Trade Supervisor – Plumbing
• leading and supporting organisational improvement initiatives as they arise.
* Note that the team on station reports to the station leader for operational priority setting, but all technical and workload priority setting is through the Trade Supervisor – Plumbing reporting to the Project Engineer – Water – Antarctic Infrastructure.
What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience
• Technical knowledge/experience in the harvesting and treatment of potable water and treatment of wastewater, including the equipment involved in these processes.
• An understanding of the key drivers for successful operation of the above systems and familiarity with the technical standards relating to these systems.
• Demonstrated leadership in the operation, maintenance and/or construction of the above systems, ideally within environments relevant to Australia’s Antarctic stations.
• Experience maintaining appropriate work site safety procedures, including sound knowledge of work health and safety standards.
• Current or very recent proficiency in risk assessments and job hazard analyses relating to construction works or maintenance.
• Extensive use of, and experience with, a variety of technology including computer based maintenance systems and the Microsoft Office suite in order to identify programmed maintenance requirements, and produce a variety of reports and documents.
A relevant engineering degree from an Australian tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas institution, or demonstrated equivalent experience.
Eligibility and other requirements
Please note that the successful applicant may be required to travel to the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions therefore they may be required to meet specific medical, adaptability and personal qualities requirements appropriate to working in those environments. In order to undertake travel to the Antarctic & sub-Antarctic regions they will need to:
• demonstrate the range of personal qualities and interpersonal skills necessary to perform as a successful team member within isolated Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments
• demonstrate an ability to effectively adapt and respond to the demands of living and working in an isolated and confined environment as determined by a psychological (adaptability) assessment
• be certified as fit for Antarctic service by the AAD’s Polar Medicine Unit.
The successful applicant must also hold and maintain a valid Australian motor vehicle drivers licence.
For additional information, please read the Job Description below.
• Play a key role in the renewal of water infrastructure assets.