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Engineer I – ARGO Job ID 2022-1725 25 views

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Engineer I, to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.

The successful Candidate will join an interdisciplinary team building and sustaining a global array of profiling floats as part of the Argo program. Argo is an international program that collects information from inside the ocean using a fleet of robotic instruments that drift with the ocean currents and move up and down between the surface and a mid-water level. Each instrument (float) spends almost all its life below the surface. The interdisciplinary team at WHOI contributes to both the core physical oceanographic array that measures temperature and salinity, as well as the growing biogeochemical array which includes chemical and biological sensors to monitor ocean health and carbon uptake.

The final level of the position and track will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate’s level of education and experience. WE ENCOURAGE APPLICANTS WITH EITHER A PHYSICAL SCIENCES OR ENGINEERING BACKGROUND TO APPLY.

Essential Functions

The candidate will be responsible for:

  • Inspecting, ballasting, and shipping profiling floats
  • Contribute to developing and executing improved pre-deployment tests
  • Evaluating sensor performance in the laboratory prior to deployment
  • Travelling to deployment ports to conduct technical checkout tests and work with vessel crews to load, secure the floats, and train them in safe deployment methods.
  • Help remotely monitor array performance, pilot floats and analyze failure modes
  • Contribute to organization and management of program engineering, metadata and data
  • Applies basic research principles and standard laboratory instrumentation to
    engineering design efforts;
  • Tests designs, calibrates instrumentation, troubleshoots mechanical/electronic
  • Develops computer code, microprocessor code, and uses CAD, CAE tools;
  • Participates in report writing to document instrumentation developments and
  • Develops basic practical engineering skills to enhance technical competence
    and versatility.

Education & Experience

Engineering degree or other appropriate discipline with minimal work experience, or evidence of an established, specialized engineering skill gained through experience in the absence of a formal degree. (Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and minimal experience in an unrelated field will likely start on the Department Assistant ladder.)

Career Potential: As an initial position on the Technical Staff, an Engineer I is not expected to remain at this level for more than two to three years. During this time, the Engineer I is expected to demonstrate the appropriate engineering skills, intellectual motivation, and growth in independence and creativity to warrant promotion to the Engineer II position. Failure to reach the level of Engineer II within two to three years may warrant reclassification or termination.


  • Ability to work independently and identify needs with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work professionally with people from many different disciplines, including scientists, engineers, technicians, manufacturers, and vessel operators.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, both domestically and internationally, sometimes on short notice.
  • Be highly organized.
  • Basic proficiency and experience with tools and mechanical systems and/or instrumentation
  • Basic proficiency in one or more programming languages such as python, matlab, C/C+


  • Proficiency working with a terminal, command line and macros interface with instruments
  • Experience with python, django, github, relational databases, AWS is a plus
  • Experience with data QA/QC
  • Proficiency assembling and testing electrical and mechanical systems
  • Experience with sensors and/or environmental instruments
  • Experience at sea is desired.

Special Requirements

• Eligible to obtain a TWIC card ( )
• Must have a valid drivers license
• Must be able to lift 60lbs

*Optional Sea Duty

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

*Sea Duty is Optional 

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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