Mooring Fabricator

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Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Mooring Fabricator to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The role of the position is to work with the Mooring Lab team, contributing to the fabrication of deep ocean moorings and preparing equipment to support the research conducted by the oceanographic community. This position will require the selected candidate to work onsite.


The internal working title for this position could be either Engineering Assistant I or Engineering Assistant II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education and experience.


Essential Functions

  • Measuring, cutting and splicing line
  • Measuring and terminating wire rope for moored applications
  • Measuring and cutting chain
  • Preparation of buoys
  • Maintenance of deck handling gear
  • Sandblasting/pressure washing/sanding/scraping and painting
  • Assembling hardware for field experiments
  • Assembling glass ball buoyancy
  • Maintenance of mooring winches
  • Documentation of work (electronically and manually)
  • Possible opportunity to occasionally go to sea



  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience



  • Experience working with hand and power tools
  • Mechanical assembly experience required
  • Splicing experience helpful, but willing to train
  • Experience working in marine environment and/or with equipment deployed in the marine environment


Engineering Assistant I:

  • 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.


Engineering Assistant II:

  • 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.


* Position level will be determined by the selected candidate's level of education & experience.

Special Requirements

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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