Electrical Engineering Technician

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Electrical Engineering Technician to join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.


The role of this position consists of working in an electronics assembly environment primarily supporting the Applied Propagation Physics (APP) group in the Ocean Acoustics & Signals Laboratory (OASL) of the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering (AOP&E) Department.  This role will also support the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Electrical Engineering Laboratory and the AVAST (Autonomous Vehicle and Sensor Technology) program.  The work for the OASL-APP group would be the next phase in the development of the 3-Dimensional Acoustic Telescope (3D-AT), upgrading the data collection and signal processing components as well as the power systems. The OOI Electrical Engineering Lab is responsible for maintaining 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 AVAST program is an initiative providing subject matter expertise and specialized fabrication and testing spaces for multiple highly technical projects at WHOI.


The primary role of this position is that of an Engineering Assistant in an electronics assembly environment reporting to a Research or Senior Engineer from the individual project.  Responsibilities include; building new electro-mechanical assemblies, and wiring harnesses, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting, and repair of all electronic, electrical, and computer-based equipment.  Skill level requirements vary from electronics troubleshooting, to board or component-level repair.  Candidate must be familiar with most electronics test equipment; oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and command line interfaces.


3D-AT:  https://www.whoi.edu/press-room/news-release/whoi-awarded-1-million-3d-acoustic-telescope/


The internal working title for this position could be Engineering Assistant III.


Essential Functions

  • 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 engineers in building and/or testing prototypes or new products, processes, or procedures.
  • Perform procurements of components.
  • Build product subassemblies and/or final assemblies, including wiring harnesses and mechanical chassis.
  • Test products or subassemblies for functionality or quality.
  • Troubleshoot problems with equipment, devices, or products.
  • Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.
  • Familiar with command line / serial interfaces.
  • Occasional sea duty may be required.



  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience


  • High School diploma or equivalent plus six years' electronics experience, or Technical School training plus four years' practical experience, or two to three years' progress toward an engineering or related degree.
  • 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.


Special Requirements

  • Must be able to obtain TWIC card
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Selected candidate will drive WHOI vehicle
  • WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.  

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 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, 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. 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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