Engineering Assistant III (2 openings)
Job Reference14-06-01
Job TitleEngineering Assistant III (2 openings)
The Scientific Ship Services Group is searching for Engineering Assistant III's to join their team. These are temporary full-time positions and are not eligible for benefits. There are 2 available positions.
Provide relief at-sea electronic and mechanical technical support for science programs utilizing WHOI Ships. The individual selected will be expected to perform with a minimum of supervision, tackling non-routine assignments on his/her own initiative.
Installation, maintenance, calibration and operation of shared use science equipment provided with Woods Hole's research vessels. This includes the following: data logging and display computers, Ethernet network electronics, navigation instruments, echo sounding/bottom profiling sonar systems, acoustic beacons and transponders, acoustic current profilers, meteorological sea surface and water column parameter sensors, sensor interface hardware and electronics and variou radio and satellite communication systems.
Bachelor's Degree in a technical field preferred. High school or technical school training plus six years work related experience will be considered. Experience at sea is required. The ability to work cooperatively with the ship personnel and cruise scientific investigators is essential. Experience with the operation and maintenance of personal computers is required. Familiarity with computer programming (Windows and UNIX operating systems) and related equipment interfacing is desirable.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift up to 50 lbs (independently) knee to floor. Lifting under 50 lbs at least 2 times/hour - up to 3 times/day. Carrying up to 50 lbs independently to a distance of 50 feet. Carrying 25 to 50 lbs at least 1 time/hour - up to 2 times/day. Visual abilities include depth perception and ability to see peripherally. Hearing abilities include ability to hear safety commands on deck. There is occasional standing/walking, use of hands for fine/basic grasping/manipulation, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching. May be exposed to electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, extended periods at sea, severe weather conditions, prolonged working hours. Physical duties are subject to change.
Sea Duty conditions and physical attributions: 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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