The Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department is seeking an Engineering Assistant III/Senior Engineering Assistant I to join its team! This is a non-exempt full-time position and is eligible for benefits.
JOB SUMMARY: This individual will provide direct operational and technical engineering support to the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV’s) at WHOI. These vehicles are heavily utilized by the science and military community with field projects or cruises ranging from a week to several months. Shore side responsibilities include the general maintenance and testing of the vehicle systems and the implementation of engineering changes or upgrades.
SPECIFIC DUTIES: Perform maintenance, testing and repairs to vehicle electrical systems; to include vehicle power distribution, acoustic navigation systems, imaging sensors and data acquisition instrumentation. This includes the reading of engineering drawings and using lab instrumentation to assist in troubleshooting. Troubleshoot vehicles computer and logic systems; to include embedded hardware and operating systems, networking, serial device protocols. Efficiently use software applications and utilities as related to performing needed work. Participation in all aspects of vehicle operations at sea to include, mission programming, pre-mission checkout, vehicle tracking and post mission analysis. This position will require extended time at sea, up to 4 months per year, depending on vehicle scheduling. The ability to work cooperatively with others within a team based environment is a must.
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DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: EA III - High school diploma or equivalent plus six years’ experience or technical school training plus four years’ practical experience. SEA I –-Considerable experience with the maintenance and operations of electrical equipment is required. Both Levels- Previous experience with common oceanographic acquisition instrumentation and underwater acoustic navigation systems is strongly desired.
SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Must be able to obtain and maintain a TWIC card Sea duty required Travel required Position drives WHOI vehicles
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to lifting more than 50lbs above the shoulder approximately twice per day; carrying more than 50lbs approximately 3-4 times per day; kneeling, bending and stooping; occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation; use of hands for fine manipulation; peripheral vision and depth perception; hearing; and ability to work around and with others. Working conditions include excessive cold; excessive heat or humidity; dust or other irritants; grease and oils; hazardous substances or specimens; electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards; high locations; extended periods at sea; severe weather conditions; and prolonged work hours.
SEA DUTIES CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES: 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.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
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