Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for an Sr. Engineering Technician to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for full benets.
The Sr. Engineering Technician will provide technical assistance to an engineering team in the development, assembly and testing of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), oceanographic instruments, and related support equipment. Additionally, this position will support maintenance, testing and repairs to AUV electrical/mechanical systems including power and logic infrastructure as well as imaging, navigation, and other sensors.
The Sr. Engineering Technician will be responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting critical sea tests and survey operations using AUVs and other oceanographic equipment. This includes leading an operational team, as well as participation in all aspects of vehicle operations at sea including mission programming, vehicle check out, vehicle monitoring and post mission analysis and will perform electrical and mechanical troubleshooting as required. This role will conduct user training (as needed) and will also generate test reports and contribute to proposals.
In addition to technical skills, education and/or experience in oceanography is preferred.
The internal working title for this position could be either Sr. Engineering Assistant I or II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.
Sr. Engineering Assistant I
With minimum supervision, applies experience and comprehensive understanding of relatedprocedures and equipment to complex assignments in support of oceanographic engineeringprojects or facilities.
With established guidelines, is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting significant and often critical components of an engineering or scientific effort, particularly when field work is involved;
Fabricates and constructs complex instrumentation components requiring extraordinarycare and accuracy;
conducts tests and organizes engineering data, prepares reports of such tests, andmakes recommendations for repairs or improvements;
Directs field operations in area of specialty and/or may supervise work of otherdepartmental assistants.
Substantial experience with common oceanographic instrumentation, data acquisition systems, and underwater acoustic navigation systems is strongly desired
Sr. Engineering Assistant II
With minimum supervision, applies extensive operational experience and a comprehensive understanding of related procedures and equipment to complex assignments in support of scientific or engineering projects or facilities related to oceanographic investigations.
With established guidelines, is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting significant and often critical components of an engineering or scientific effort, particularly when field operations are involved;
Supervises other technicians in the construction, testing, maintenance, and/or use of an operational suite of oceanographic equipment or instrumentation;
Conducts tests and organizes engineering data, prepares reports of such tests and makes recommendations for repairs or improvements;
Directs field operations in area of specialty.
As deemed necessary by supervisor
Education & Experience
Ten or more years of applicable experience in maintenance and operations of complex oceanographic equipment which includestroubleshooting of complex systems i.e. embedded processors, computers, networks, serial devices, acoustic systems and hydraulic systems
Must be self-motivated and be able to work well on a team environment
Senior Engineering Assistant I:
Considerable experience in specialized field
Consistently exceptional performance and a demonstrated record of reliable and timely task completion; invaluable long- term experience at the Institution coupled with technical support of the highest quality as a critical team member.
Senior Engineering Assistant II:
Substantial experience in specialized field
Consistently exceptional performance and a demonstrated superior record of reliable and timely task completion where direction of a team effort is required
Technicians at this level often combine invaluable experience in oceanography and the ability to manage a technical support group with a focus on quality and function as an operational resource.
Must be a US Citizen
Ability to obtain Security Clearance
Person drives WHOI vehicle
Must be willing to travel and spend time at sea (approximately three months/year)
Physicalduties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to liftless than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day;carry 10-25 lbs,2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability todistinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse).Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards.Physicalduties are subject to change.
May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.
Internal Number: 2020-1355
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