Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Engineering Assistant / Sr. Engineering Assistant with a working title of Instrument Calibration Technician to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department working on the Coastal & Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) team of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Program.This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
In this position, you will be expected to conduct laboratory and field calibration of meteorological and oceanographic instrumentation using the WHOI Calibration Lab and associated facilities. Attention to detail and a commitment to quality and ability to take initiative and responsibility for completion of specific project goals while working as part of a team are important.
The internal working title for this position could be either Engineering Assistant II, or Engineering Assistant III or Senior Engineering Assistant I. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.
Conduct laboratory calibration of meteorological instrumentation (e.g., sensors measuring temperature, pressure, humidity, wind, solar radiation, and precipitation).
Repair and refurbish meteorological instrumentation.
Assist with preparation, configuration, testing and repair of instrumentation for deployment at sea.
Maintain detailed records of instrument inventory, maintenance, calibration and testing.
Conduct functional and electrical testing of procured instruments.
Provide shore and field support for this instrumentation as required, including instrument preparation in U.S. and foreign ports, and occasional time at sea on research vessels.
Assist with the integration and test of other electrical components of oceanographic research buoys and assemblies.
Supports at sea deployment of instrumentation.
Other activities as deemed necessary by supervisor.
Education & Experience
Minimum Qualifications: At a minimum, the candidate should have technical School training plus at least one year of related experience; or progression towards an engineering or related degree. The level of the position will be determined with consideration to the selected candidates education and experience as it pertains to the job, and ability to perform at specific levels.
Previous Experience Desired:
Experience with sensors, data collection, and data analysis;
Troubleshooting analog and digital circuitry (including knowledge of associated test equipment);
Familiarity with personal computers (Windows and Macintosh operating systems) and serial and ethernet communications;
Familiarity with time series data processing and presentation;
Experience with mechanical and/or electrical assembly;
Familiarity with underwater instrumentation, pressure housings, and sea water corrosion prevention is desirable.
Engineering Assistant II
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.
Engineering Assistant III
High School diploma or equivalent plus six years' mechanical or electronics experience, or Technical School training plus four years' practical experience, or two to three years' progress toward an engineering or related degree.
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.
TWIC - can obtain once in role
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Physicalduties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to liftless than 65 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.
Must be able to comfortably climb a ladder.
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: 2020-1293
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