As the Mechanical Services Balancing Technician you will be responsible for the balancing of mechanical services air and water systems in all buildings at Casey station. You will also assist other trades as required.

Technicians can be employed in either a summer or winter job and shorter winter opportunities may also arise.

The Australian Antarctic Program’s (AAP) vision is to ensure Antarctica is valued, protected and understood. Working with the AAP provides a unique opportunity to experience Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, while supporting world-leading science.

The AAP aims to support expeditioner growth, professionally and personally, with a focus on wellbeing. We strive to employ versatile, proactive and community minded people. Expeditioners will need to contribute to a small team and be resilient as they face the challenges of living in an isolated environment.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the job description document and link to more information on the application process below.

Employment conditions

  • The annual base salary when in Australia starts from $79,801 per annum.
  • Base salary + additional allowances when in Antarctica starts from $145,142 per annum.
  • A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.
  • 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.


For general enquiries, please use our contact form to speak to the Expeditioner Resourcing team.

For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please contact the technical supervisor Ben Harrison on (03) 6232 3655.


You must be an Australian citizen, Australian resident with work rights in Australia, or a New Zealand citizen. Please note: Jobs requiring a security clearance are only open to Australian citizens. Applications from persons who are not Australian citizens will usually only be considered where there are no suitable Australian applicants.

To apply for this role you must have the skills and licences listed below:

Qualifications/licences (provide copies in your application):

  • A White Card (issued after May 2009), or the ability to attain prior to commencement.
  • A current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence.

Recent hands-on experience (within the last 5 years):

  • Balancing reticulated primary and secondary heating hot water and associated pumping systems
  • Balancing supply and return air systems including fans and motorised and manual dampers
  • Fume cupboard annual testing requirements
  • Fault finding and calibration for temperature and pressure sensors
  • Motorised HHW control valves and motorised air dampers
  • Experience with building management system hardware and software including installation, fault finding, programming and tuning
  • Using a Tour and Anderson computerised balancing instrument
  • Using a Shortridge flow hood
  • Preparing reports and commissioning information using word processing and spreadsheet software.

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