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

Technicians can be employed in either summer or winter jobs; shorter winter opportunities may also arise.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the job description and general information for applicants documents below.

Employment conditions

  • The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $66,319 per annum ($2542 per fortnight before tax).
  • Additional allowances totalling $60,974 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.
  • 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 contact the Recruitment team on 1800 030 755 or contact form.

For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please contact the technical supervisor Tim Price on (03) 6232 3236.


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).
  • 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.

This position is not currently open for recruitment. If you would like to be notified when applications open, please register your details.