U.S. Embassy Elevator Tech Work

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Position: Elevator Technician/Electrician Position Location: Outside North America

City: Moscow, Russia

Specific job responsibilities / qualifications required including certifications:

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PAE Government Services Inc. has held the Operations and Maintenance contract at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow since 1986. This contract requires U.S. State Department cleared U.S. citizens to perform maintenance of Embassy and Consulate facilities in support of the U.S. Department of State. In response to the excellent work of our employees and support staff, the State Department has added the U.S. Consulates in Russia and several countries from the former Soviet Union as well as the Consulates and Embassies in China and Vietnam.

Duties/Requirements PAE is looking for flexible and adventurous Elevator Technicians or Elevator Mechanics to work on our Operations and Maintenance Contract at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow. This position is available in Moscow only. Successful applicants will have experience to include a minimum of three years experience in the repair and servicing of passenger elevators and dumbwaiters. Experience with repair/maintenance of Otis elevators desired. A journeyman or master Electrician's license is desirable but not required. The experience must have included working from sketches, engineering drawings, wiring diagrams and manufacturers' operations and maintenance manuals.


$3,300/month, plus OT,income tax free, benefits


* Be a part of the Diplomatic Community * 24 Month Contract with the possibility of extension * 40-hour work week, overtime is available * Completion Bonus: $6,600 * All income tax free (except FICA & Medicare tax) * Single or Single plus Spouse status is available * Free furnished housing, free utilities (except phone) * 5 weeks paid vacation per year, with paid transportation back to the States at the 1 year mark * 10 paid U.S. Holidays per year * Up to an additional 8 paid local holidays per year * Medical insurance * A shipment of household goods to the Embassy * All tools are provided at the Embassy

Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. PAE is only authorized to hire candidates that are cleared through the Department of State for the purposes of this contract. High School Diploma and U.S. Citizenship are also required.

How to Apply:

Send an e-mail with your resume to paemoscow@paegroup.com or submit a brief online application at www.pae-moscow.com.

-- Brian Fleming (paemoscow@paegroup.com), July 07, 2004


Hi Brian I have been to the american embassy in Russia and the Russian embassy in America and if I didnt have a house and a good job I would try and get an adventure job like that. There used to be another embassy elevator job based in Brussles that covered the East Block embassies is that still in operation. I have seen this job many times posted and wonder why it is so hard to fill the position ??????????????. Moscow is supposted to be the most expensive city in the world now and when I was there in 1990 it was so inexpensive and safe. Please also describe the Vietnam and China embassy jobs, I might rent my house out for a job in Beijing one of my favorite cities. Thanks Jim

-- Jim (elevator555@hotmail.com), July 08, 2004.

Hi Jim,

Thanks for your note. Actually I think Moscow has fallen to the number 3 most expensive city in the world; but surprisingly, many things are still cheap there, public transportation for instance is about 20 cents per ride. Apartment housing is paid for by the embassy so our folks don't have to worry about rent or utilities payments, except for phone which everyone has to have in case of emergency. I think the city has probably changed a lot since 1990. We had some employees who worked for us in the mid 90s and they came back to work for us recently and they said they could not believe how much the city had changed for the better, i.e. more restaurants, museums, art galleries, and other things to do.

The only Elevator Tech/Mechanic job that PAE has is in Moscow. There is another contractor that does rotating embassy maintenance for a period of weeks at each embassy each year but I can't remember who currently has that contract. I think the contract used to be called WASHMAC.

We do have some problems filling the position because the wage isn't as high as the union jobs out there and because the Elevator Tech market is kind of a specialized market. On the other hand we're really only asking someone to have 3 years of experience and not 20 and the best benefit on this particular contract is the ability to apply for the exemption from Federal taxes and the large amount of paid leave time the contract offers, 5 weeks, 10 US holidays, up to another 8 local holidays. The job is also unique in that when the Sec State, President, or VP, are in town, they always make it a point to talk to all of the Embassy staff and whatever your politics that is always an interesting experience.

You can take a look and see what positions we have in Beijing on our website, www.pae-moscow.com under the Job Opportunities page. Any positions we have in Beijing will have (Beijing Also) listed next to it. Please let us know if you have any additional questions and whether or not you'd be interested in the position in Moscow. Thanks,

Brian Fleming Join PAE and See the World PAE Moscow/Beijing Recruiting Department

-- Brian Fleming (paemoscow@paegroup.com), July 12, 2004.

brian, i have contacted you before with regards to this job but unfortunately , being a u.k citizen i am not eligible, sorry to hear you are struggling to fill the vacancy ..maybe you can persuade the u.s authoritys to give me a dual citizenschip?i would go like a shot. good luck

-- paul lacey (pielacey@hotmail.com), July 15, 2004.


Good to hear from you again. I wish I did have some the sort of power to persuade the authorities to grant citizenship requests/applications as we'd have several Canadians working for us as well as Indians. We have had some issues with the U.S. Department of State not wanting to grant a security clearance to dual citizens as there is a loyalty issue there. Anyway, if your status changes, let us know and we'll talk at that time.

-- Brian Fleming (paemoscow@paegroup.com), July 15, 2004.

Mr Brian , I am srilankan. Now I am working With Elevator Company {OTIS} in YEMEN.I like to apply Elevator technician Position for Moscow, U.S. Embassy.O.K. Mr Brian please Advice Me, How to do it.


-- D.G.Srilal mahinda (srilal_m@hotmail.com), July 22, 2004.

If you do the math, considering the housing is free, and there are not taxes etc.. It's concieveable that one can finish the 3 year stint with $100,000.00 in the bank! Hmmmm......

-- Mike (mlardner@lardnerelevator.com), July 22, 2004.

D.G.Srilal mahinda,

Thanks very much for your response on this bulletin board. Unfortunately, all of our candidates and employees for this project have to be U.S. Citizens as is required by our customer, the U.S. Department of State. You can take a look at our corporate website, www.paegroup.com to see if there is a position there that is not bound by these constraints. Thanks for your interest in our project and best of luck in your job search.

-- Brian Fleming (paemoscow@paegroup.com), July 23, 2004.

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your note. It's actually a 2 year stint(contract) with the opportunity to extend the contract in 6 month increments for up to an additional 2 years. Yes, you are correct, living overseas does allow people to sock away quite a bit of cash and then there are the intangibles like working in an embassy, getting to meet the Secretary of State, President, or VP who always take the time to speak to the entire staff including our contractors. Regardless of politics, not many people can ever say they had that opportunity.

The other reason most people join us on this contract is the large amount of leave time. There really aren't many places in the States where you don't have to work for many years to get this kind of time off. So we have a lot of people who come on board to live and work in a foreign culture and to go and see some places they never thought they'd get to.

Anyway, if you meet the qualifications and are an interested U.S. Citizen, drop me a note and we'll continue the process. Have a great weekend!

-- Brian Fleming (paemoscow@paegroup.com), July 23, 2004.

I read your offer and i'm interested in it. I worked for OTIS like engineer-designer. Now i work for Schindler like engineer of technical support and sale manager. I'm 23. I live in Moscow. I have incomplete high education. I study in 6 course of MSTU of Bauman (Moscow State Technical University of Bauman). Next year'll be last. I can help to decide almost any issues in Moscow concerned with elevator. Best Regards.

-- Denis Platonov (av5980@comtv.ru), July 27, 2004.

Mr. Platanov,

Thank you for your note. Under our contract with the U.S. Department of State, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Additionally all applicants for this particular position must have 3 years of experience working as an elevator tech or elevator mechanic in addition to any elevator schooling, training, or apprenticeship. You don't appear to meet this qualifications but if I am mistaken, feel free to send me an e-mail and I'll get back to you. Thanks for your interest in our project.

-- Brian Fleming (paemoscow@paegroup.com), July 27, 2004.

Hi folks , i was looking at the the add , i really like the offer , actually I'm aircraft maintenace technician trainer , i work for alaska airlines , would love to work for one of US embassy around the world , i'm US citizen , i do know that i can apply my experties in aviation in repairing and installing elevator also if there is any position open in Europe i'll be more than happy to take , note : i do speak French and Arabic , looking forward to hearing you guys thank you

-- lahcen (lahcen.lhaoui@alaskaair.com), December 09, 2004.

Hi Brian,

I am a U.S. Citizen, Elevator Mechanic with 16 years experience in construction, repair and service. I just saw the post, am wondering if this position is still available.

Thank you, Michael

-- Michael Underwood (underdog_2@charter.net), January 28, 2005.

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