Engineer II (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Sea Blue Company
Job Description

The Applied Oceanography Physics & Engineering Department is searching for an Engineer II to join their team! This is a full time non exempt positions eligible for benefits.


The role of this position consists of working in an electronics manufacturing environment.  The OOI Electrical Engineering Lab is responsible for maintain a wide array of electronics, telemetry systems, wiring harnesses, and sub-sea cables.  The electrical hardware consists of distributed embedded systems, Linux single board computers, primary, and rechargeable batteries, as well as a variety of satellite based, and line of site telemetry. The primary role of this position is that of an Electrical Test Engineer, reporting to the Lead Electrical Engineer.  Responsibilities include; creating, implementing test procedures, troubleshooting, and repair of all electronic, electrical, and computer-based equipment.  Candidate must be familiar with a wide variety of electronics test equipment; oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and command line interfaces.


  • Set up and operate electrical test equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.
  • Calibrate, maintain, or adjust equipment to ensure quality production.
  • Assist lead electrical engineer in developing, and building; prototypes, new products, processes, and procedures.
  • Maintain documentation of product subassemblies, final assemblies, and wiring harnesses
  • Test products or subassemblies for functionality and quality.
  • In depth troubleshooting of problems with equipment, devices, or products down to the component level.
  • Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.


  • B.S.E.E.
  • 3-5 years experience in an electronics production environment.
  • Familiar with command line / serial interfaces
  • Familiar with embedded systems hardware, firmware, and communication protocols
  • Experienced in Linux operating system
  • Motivated individual with attention to detail.
  • Proficient in the use of common electronics tools, measurement devices and diagnostic instrumentation.
  • Must have meticulous documentation skills to support test documentation.
  • 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.


  • TWIC card required
  • Sea Duty Required
  • Position drives WHOI vehicles

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift up to 50 lbs independently, 5 times per day. Carrying between 25-50 lbs 9 times per day. Visual abilities to include: depth perception, ability to see peripherally, ability to distinguish basic colors. Hear forklifts, trucks, and other moving objects while working on the dock and in many loud areas at WHOI; hear and respond to radio communications. Occasional standing/walking and occasional prolonged standing/walking; reaching above and below the shoulders as well as bending and stooping. Will be exposed to excessive heat or humidity, grease and oils, odorous chemicals or specimens, severe weather conditions and prolonged work hours. Physical duties are subject to change.
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) 289-2253or email for assistance.

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