The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is searching for an Engineering Assistant II/III (Instrument Calibration Lab Technician) to join the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) team. This position is non-exempt, full-time position and is eligible benefits.
With some/little supervision, applies acquired knowledge of established procedures to the calibration, testing, refurbishment, and use of instrumentation in support of the Ocean Observatories Initiative.
- Assist with the preparation, calibration, testing and repair of mooring-based oceanographic and meteorological instrumentation.
- Provide shore and field support for this instrumentation as required, including instrument and mooring preparation in U.S. and foreign ports, and time at sea on research vessels.
- Assist with the mechanical assembly of instrument related hardware and other mechanical or electrical components of oceanographic research buoys and assemblies.
- Assist with instrument performance evaluations.
- Provide detailed record keeping. Perform similar or related duties as directed by supervisor.
- Responsibilities and duties will increase with proven performance and experience.
- 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.
- Performs other related duties as required.
PREVIOUS EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE* DESIRED:
- 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.
- Both Levels
- Technical school training plus 1 to 4 years related work experience is preferred. High School diploma or equivalent plus 3 to 6 years related work experience will be considered.
- 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;
- Experience with mechanical and/or electrical assembly;
- Familiarity with underwater instrumentation, pressure housings, and sea water corrosion prevention is desirable.
*Education and experience will determine level of hire.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a TWIC card.
- A valid driver’s license is required for this position. All applicants must be able to meet the requirements set forth in the Driver Safety & Motor Vehicle Policy.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to lifting 25-50 lbs up to 4 times per day. Visual abilities include depth perception, ability to see peripherally, ability to distinguish basic colors. This position is requires occasional prolonged standing/walking, use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation, use of hands for fine manipulation, and reaching below the shoulder, and involves working around/with others and working alone. 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.
Please submit an on-line application at www.whoi.edu/jobs by March 31, 2017.
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