Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for an Ocean Electronic Technician to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department in the Oceanographic Systems Laboratory (OSL) . This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. Within the lab, staff members 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 Ocean Electronic Tech 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 internal working title for this position could be either Engineering Assistant I (EAI), Engineering Assistant II (EAII), or Engineering Assistant III (EAIII). The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.
With close supervision, uses established procedures to perform prescribed tasks related to the engineering support of oceanographic research.
With some supervision, applies acquired knowledge of established procedures to the assembly, testing, and use of equipment in support of engineering projects related to oceanographic research.
With little supervision, applies a broad knowledge of established procedures to the assembly, testing, or calibration of equipment developed and used in support of engineering projects related to oceanographic instrumentation.
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 and trouble shooting.
Familiarity with basic instruments 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
Assists in assembly, maintenance, and repair of equipment with specific instructions and review of work upon completion
Assists in functional testing of instrumentation following well-defined procedures for set-up and operation of standard test equipment.
Assists in assembly, maintenance, and repair of equipment with instruction and advice; exercises judgment in selecting or adapting procedures and equipment;
Selects and operates standard test equipment, records test data, and performs routine analyses;
Conducts various tests or experiments to troubleshoot and correct minor malfunctions.
Performs non-routine assignments of substantial variety and complexity given well-defined objectives and technical advice from a supervisor or engineering staff member;
Fabricates and constructs complex components of instrumentation requiring care and accuracy, seeking advice as necessary;
Uses computers to run application programs or to do simple programming tasks;
Uses CAD systems to prepare schematics, drawings, or parts lists; makes recommendations concerning these items;
May direct field operations in area of specialty.
As deemed necessary by supervisor
Education & Experience
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.
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.
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.
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).
Must be able to acquire a TWIC card
Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtainSecurity Clearance
Valid driver's license to drive WHOI vehicles
Physicalduties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to liftless than 40 lbs independently, 2 times per day;carry 25-40 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.
Sea Duty, typically includes day trips from Woods Hole or may include being away at remotea locations for up to two trips a year which could be up to two weeks per trip.
May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Must be able to climb up and down a ladder several times a day. 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: 2020-1340
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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