The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is searching for an Engineering Assistant I/II (CGSN Mooring Technician) to join the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) team. This position is non-exempt, full-time position and is eligible benefits.
The role of the position primarily consists of working to prepare and deploy sub-surface mooring hardware and instrumentation used in the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) global arrays. OOI is an NSF funded project with the purpose of providing data collection moorings to measure physical, chemical and biological processes for the scientific community.
Each array consists of 3 sub-surface moorings that are turned and refurbished annually. Candidate will be involved in all aspects of the break-down, cleaning, repair and reconstruction of mooring equipment. Once reconstructed, mooring instrumentation is reintegrated and tested. Full system checks including inductive and acoustic telemetry are performed.
- Mooring disassembly, repair, and construction
- Functional Testing and basic troubleshooting of instrumentation
- Configuration of instruments for lab testing and deployment
- Upkeep of Asset Management documentation to track component deployment history
- Download of mooring data during burn in operations, at sea testing, and post recovery
- Testing and verification during deployments
- Processing mooring data during burn in and pre-deployment testing phases
- Performs other related duties as required.
PREVIOUS EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE* DESIRED:
- Engineering Assistant I:
- 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. Education in science is a plus.
- 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.Education in science is a plus.
- Both Levels
- Motivated individual with attention to detail.
- Must have basic mechanical and electrical skills.
- Proficient using common tools, measurement and diagnostic instruments
- Proficient at using a computer
- Must have meticulous documentation skills to support Asset Tracking, data archiving, and shipping manifests.
- Able to keep lab space organized, safe and clean.
- Proficient in time management skills is desired to meet deployment deadlines.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Creativity to come up with out of the box solutions for process improvement
*Education and experience will determine level of hire.
- Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
- Must be able 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.
- This position requires handling mooring hardware and oceanographic instrumentation. Candidate will be expected to participate on research cruises up to 30 days that include foreign travel with work in port both before and after the cruise.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to lifting up to 50 lbs independently, 5 times per day; carrying 10-25 lbs, 9 times per day. Visual abilities include depth perception, ability to see peripherally, and read and respond to written instructions. Hearing abilities include hearing, talking, and the ability to hear and respond to verbal instructions, including communicating in loud environments. This position is requires occasional & prolonged standing/walking, bending, stooping, use of hands for basic & fine grasping/manipulation, reaching below and above the shoulder, and involves working with others. May be exposed to excessive heat or humidity, grease and oils, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, odorous chemicals or specimens, extended periods at sea, severe weather conditions, prolonged work hours. 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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