Engineering Assistant III/ Senior Engineering Assistant I (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Job Description

The Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department is seeking two Engineering roles. A Engineering Assistant III/Senior Engineering Assistant I to join its team! This is a non-exempt full-time position and is eligible for benefits.


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has a requirement for two Ocean Vehicle Operations Technicians, to support the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Coastal Global Scale Nodes (CGSN), hired fulltime at the Engineering Assistant III or Senior Engineering Assistant I. This position will be responsible for Shore-based operations for the CGSN Global fleet of ocean Gliders and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), fleet maintenance and refurbishment, and supporting the operation and monitoring of all OOI fixed and mobile platforms.


  • Support global fleet piloting operations, vehicle preparation and deployment operations, and routine vehicle refurbishment.
  • Monitor and report on the status and health of the CGSN deployed assets, including Ocean Gliders, AUV, Profilers, and Fixed Platforms.
  • Coordinate data and asset management tasks across OOI institutions


  • Demonstrable experience with operation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) including buoyancy-driven Gliders and propeller-driven AUVs.
  • Experience with field operations, and testing and maintenance of complex ocean instrumentation and ocean gliders.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and oral) to coordinate across the CGSN Organizations and prepare written briefs for internal/external dissemination.
  • US Citizen.


  • Preference will be given to individuals experienced with glider deployment and piloting operations, glider maintenance, and experience with field campaigns.
  • Experience in management of real-time and archival data sets, asset management, data visualization, or software development.
  • Experience with Linux, scripting, Matlab, or related computing languages


Candidates with a related a science degree are preferred. Must have demonstrated experience with the “Required Attributes and Skills”. Those with relevant technical and supervisory experience will be considered for appointment at the SEA I level.


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TWIC card
  • Sea duty required


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to lifting more than 50 lbs above the shoulder approximately five times per day; carrying between 25-50 lbs approximately nine times per day; kneeling, bending and stooping; occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation; use of hands for fine manipulation; reaching above and below the shoulders; peripheral vision and depth perception; hearing; and talking. Working conditions include excessive heat or humidity; grease and oils; electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards; extended periods at sea; severe weather conditions; and prolonged work hours.


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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