• Systems Engineer

    Job ID
    2019-1074
    Category
    Engineering
    Type
    regular
  • Job Summary

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Systems Engineer with a working title of Engineer II/Research Engineer-Systems to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.

     

    Looking for a little more adventure and challenge in your career?  How about designing equipment to work while submerged at 10,000 psi or fixing your mistakes in the dark on a moving ship north of the Arctic Circle?  Want to work on cutting edge underwater robots for both scientific and military applications?  The Autonomous Vehicles Group in the Deep Submergence Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a world leader in autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology.  Not only do we design and build some of the most unique and advanced vehicles in the world, but we take everything we build into the field and test it in the crucible of the ocean.  Successful candidates will have a mix of design, build, and field work with worldwide travel potential, significant challenge, and generous annual and cruise leave policies offering a true work-hard/play-hard opportunity.  We are looking for not only a jack of all trades, but also a master of some who can make unique contributions within the group.

     

    Candidates will work on a combination of DoD technology development project, scientific development projects and may be involved in other more established vehicles such as the Nereid Under Ice Vehicle, or the vehicles of the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF). NDSF vehicles typically spend 100 - 200 days per year at sea gathering data and samples for ocean scientists and testing new technology.    Members of this team all spend time both in the office/lab and in the field.  Field operations range from test missions to science, exploration, or disaster response.  Previous missions have included oil spill response, locating black boxes, studying sub-sea volcanoes, and looking for mantle rocks to name just a few.  In between deployments, you will be working in the Deep Submergence Lab at Woods Hole developing new autonomous underwater vehicles, new diver equipment, and other undersea instruments and technologies.  Past project sponsors include NSF, NOAA, Office of Naval Research, DARPA, NASA, NTSB, foreign governments, philanthropic organizations, and corporations. 

     

    Engineers within the group are expected to routinely deploy with the systems that they work on.  This entails both testing deployments where new technology is refined and validated, but may also operational deployments where the systems developed are utilized in direct support of a science mission or other national need.  These deployments are worldwide, often offshore and typically range between 7 and 40 days.  Candidates MAY be expected to deploy up to 120 days per year, but 20 – 60 days per year is more typical in technology development focused positions.  Candidates must be comfortable balancing multiple projects and priorities with limited supervision.

    Essential Functions

    This position seeks predominantly systems engineering skills, but also seeks limited project management skills, limited cost estimation skills and a technical area of expertise (Mechanical, Electrical, or Software) that can fill in any time not required for Systems Engineering.

     

    Specific tasks include but are certainly not limited to:

    1. Systems Engineering lite - System Requirements, test plans and test review, ICDs where required, etc.
    2. Project scheduling - not full on scheduling, but management of project milestones, customer deliverables, and some basic critical path monitoring - will likely eventually morph into some degree of project management
    3. proposal assistance - principally on costing and BOEs
    4. A secondary technical specialty (Mechanical, Electrical, or Software) that can fill any workload gaps from items 1-3 especially in the short term.
    5. Some degree of field project coordination - making sure that required elements for field operations are in place and will meet the test plan.

     

    A significant commitment to success of the program and the mission will be required particularly while at sea.  This is a group that is known for going to extreme measures to make a cruise succeed even in the face of significant setbacks and any long term part of the group will need to have the same attitude.  Candidates must be highly creative when it's time to be creative but must be able to become highly focused and effective as deadlines approach.  The ship will sail whether the vehicle is ready or not.

     

    A significant commitment to success of the program and the mission will be required particularly while at sea.  This is a group that is known for going to extreme measures to make a cruise succeed even in the face of significant setbacks and any long term part of the group will need to have the same attitude.  Candidates must be highly creative when it's time to be creative but must be able to become highly focused and effective as deadlines approach.  The ship will sail whether the vehicle is ready or not.

     

    NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    • As deemed necessary by supervisor

    Education & Experience

    • Minimum of a BS in an engineering field or naval architecture plus significant experience with systems engineering, scheduling, and costing.  Advanced degree in engineering preferred but not required.
    • Systems Engineering
    • Scheduling
    • Cost Estimation for complex engineered systems including Basis of Estimate documentation
    • Deep technical experience in either Mechanical, Electrical, or Software Engineering
    • Familiarity with Subsea systems and/or Robotics is strongly desired

    Physical Requirements

    Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25-50lbs independently, 2-3 times per day; carry 25-50 lbs, 3-4 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish 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, reaching above and below the shoulders, kneeling, bending, and stooping. Will be exposed to electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, excessive cold, excessive heat or humidity, grease and oils, hazardous substances or specimens, extended periods at sea, and prolonged work hours. Physical duties are subject to change.

    Sea Duty

    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.

     

     

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