Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for an Engineer Assistant I/II to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department in the Advanced Engineering Lab. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
The Advanced Engineering Laboratory is made up of engineers and technicians who work on a wide range of oceanographic systems including autonomous undersea vehicles, autonomous surface vehicles, underwater acoustics and communications, optical communications and complex sensors for physical oceanography, chemistry and biology. Within the lab, multiple groups develop cutting-edge technology for scientific and US Navy applications, and take that technology from initial prototypes to complete products.
The present opening is for an individual with some experience in electronics system assembly and wiring. The majority of the work will be construction of oceanographic systems that include multiple electrical assemblies with complex wiring harnesses which fit into pressure housings or buoys. The position may also require prototyping new electrical or mechanical systems, organizing parts inventories, packing equipment, shipping, testing equipment in the lab, testing on the water near Woods Hole on small boats, or in remote locations on oceanographic vessels.
Over a period of several months it is likely that the successful applicant will spend a significant amount of time performing electrical and mechanical assembly tasks in the lab. In addition, the Engineering Assistant I/II will work with mechanical and electrical engineers on many other tasks, including, but not limited to: ordering parts based on existing bills of materials, performing mechanical assembly of pressure housings, moving equipment between labs and test facilities, organizing parts and supplies within the lab, plus helping with preparation of equipment for shipment, including packing shipping containers.
The required skills of the position include:
Ability to read a system-level schematic that indicates circuit boards, wiring type, gauge and length.
Familiarity with wiring construction techniques including wire stripping, crimping and assembly into harnesses.
Ability to manage workflow for assembly of several to 10 or more systems, including keeping component inventories, tracking level of completeness and performing simple unit tests.
Familiarity with basic digital multi-meter functions.
Mechanical assembly skills and experience appropriate for working with nuts, bolts, bushings, adhesives and lubricants.
Basic electronic circuit soldering skills.
Basic computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
DESIRABLE SKILLS and EXPERIENCE
Other skills that are desirable include:
Ability to read component-level schematics that include integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, inductors and other circuit elements.
Experience with installation and removal of surface-mount components by hand and with appropriate rework machine.
Experience in a light manufacturing environment.
Familiarity with basic test equipment including power supplies and oscilloscopes.
Experience with machine shop equipment including basic items such as a drill press or lathe, or more advanced machines such as 3D printers.
Familiarity with computer aided design (CAD) software for mechanical or electrical engineering.
Small boat experience (training available).
Fork lift experience (training available).
As deemed necessary by supervisor
DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
EA I Level
High School or equivalent plus one-year mechanical or electronics experience, or Technical School training beyond high school level. Applicants are expected to have a basic understanding of and facility with common practical skills related to their area of work.
EA II Level
High School or equivalent plus three years' mechanical or electronics experience, or Technical School training plus one year related experience, or one to two years' progress toward an engineering or related degree.
US Citizenship required.
A TWIC card is required, or the candidate must be eligible to acquire one, see https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic.
Sea Duty is required, typically day trips from Woods Hole or away at remote locations for one or two trips per year for one or two weeks per trip.
Note the Physical Requirements below, which pertain to sea duty and some laboratory work.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25lbs independently; carry 25-50 lbs. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish 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, reaching above and below the shoulders, stooping, kneeling, and bending. Other occupational requirements include talking, hearing, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to excessive cold, heat or humidity, grease and oils, hazardous substances or specimens, prolonged working hours, extended periods at sea, and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.
SEA DUTY CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTIONS:
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.
WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.
WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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Internal Number: 3252682
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