Engineering Technician (Seasonal) - Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Massachusetts, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Engineering Technician (Seasonal) - Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently seeking seasonal Engineering Technicians to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department for the 2024 summer period (May - August 2024). These are temporary, casual, non-exempt positions and are eligible for casual benefits.

Summer hiring positions provide technical assistance to mechanical and electrical design engineers by performing maintenance, testing, and repairs to electrical or mechanical systems.

Engineer Assistant I Level:

With close supervision, uses established procedures to perform prescribed tasks related to the engineering support of oceanographic research.

Engineer Assistant II Level:

With some supervision, applies acquired knowledge of established procedures to the assembly, testing, and use of equipment in support of engineering projects related to oceanographic research.

Engineer Assistant III Level:

With little supervision, applies a broad knowledge of established procedures to the assembly, testing, or calibration of equipment developed and used in support of engineering projects related to oceanographic instrumentation.

The internal working titles for these positions could be Engineering Assistant I, II, or III. The final level of these positions will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education and experience.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Engineer Assistant I:

  • Basic mechanical or electrical assembly, testing, and troubleshooting;

Engineer Assistant II:

  • In addition to the duties of an Engineering Assistant I, this position will interface with machine and mechanical shops, generate documentation & upkeep;

Engineer Assistant III:

  • In addition to the duties of an Engineering Assistant II, this position will use machining tools, use CAD to complete draft and design work, and follow through on component part fabrication in WHOI’s machine & mechanical shop

All Levels- Must be willing to take on a variety of tasks


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

Engineer Assistant I:

  • Experience using hand and power tools is required
  • CAD familiarity is required
  • High school diploma plus 1-year mechanical or electrical experience is desired

Engineer Assistant II:

  • Working knowledge of CAD is required.
  • Basic knowledge of machining tools (lathe, drill press, milling machines) is desired
  • Interface with machine and mechanical shops is desired
  • 1-2 years’ progress toward an engineering degree is desired

Engineer Assistant III:

  • CAD design and drafting is required and Engineering Assistant II skill sets
  • Machining tool use (lathe, drill press, milling machines) is required
  • Follow thru for on component part fabrication via WHOI shops is required
  • 2-3 years’ progress toward an engineering degree is desired

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.

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