University of Hawaii
Closing Date: 
Aug 21, 2019

Provides technical and logistical support for all cruise-related activities of SOEST research vessels. Assumes major responsibilities for seagoing instrumentation and systems. Operates, maintains, and repairs OTG shared-use shipboard oceanographic instruments, navigation and communication systems, and computer, network, data acquisition, and operating systems. Manages calibration and maintenance schedules for oceanographic instrumentation and laboratory equipment. Designs, constructs, and troubleshoots new electronic and mechanical systems; modifies existing systems to meet changing needs. Repairs both mechanical and electrical equipment as needed. Oversees cruise mobilization and demobilization  efforts primarily involving OTG oceanographic and laboratory equipment. Serves as lead technician and trains visiting scientists and junior marine technicians in the correct operation of shared-use shipboard oceanographic instruments. Higher level technicians serve as lead technician for cruises involving more complex and a wider array of OTG equipment, and provide technical guidance and training to lower level technicians. Requires spending extended periods at sea, typically 120 to 150 days per year in 20 to 60 day rotations, teamed with peers. Worldwide travel is required. This is  a  progression job beginning with an entry level (Level I). It will assume the employee to start at Level I (unless justified and qualified to start at a higher level). Through experience, demonstrated competence, and operational needs, may be promoted to a higher level. Availability and ability to perform duties independently is expected to increase with each level of progression.



EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college  or university in Marine, Physical, or Engineering Science. (Combination of technical schooling and relevant job experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree). 

EXPERIENCE: Progression job with minimum experience requirements for Level I, and combination of experience and demonstrated competence and abilities for Levels II, III, and Senior. It will assume the employee to start at Level I (unless justified and qualified to start at a higher level). Experience including significant work in the areas of installation, maintenance, and operation of shipboard research equipment, research instruments, and support systems. Experience with troubleshooting computer systems (program and system level) and hardware (PC/Windows, UNIX/Linux). Experience with data acquisition systems. Level I – Up to one (0-1) year of experience.  Level II – One  to three (1-3) years of experience at Level I. Level III – One to three (1-3) years of experience at Level II.  Senior Level – One to three (1-3) years of experience at Level III.

ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Good working knowledge of mechanical and hydraulic systems. Working knowledge of electronics, electronic systems, and associated testing hardware (e.g., multimeters and scopes). Working knowledge and ability to work with synthetic lines, wire rope, cranes, winches, blocks, and capstans. Computer literacy interms of computer programming, such as C, C++, or script languages such as PERL, Awk (for Level I, computer literacy is not required but must be able to obtain on the job). For Levels II, III, & Senior, progressive knowledge and familiarity of OTG equipment, systems, and procedures must be obtained to move to higher levels. Level II – Knowledge of general OTG operations, equipment, and procedures. Level III – Advanced knowledge of OTG operations, equipment, and procedures. Senior Level – Advanced knowledge of all OTG operations, equipment, and procedures. Mechanical skills and aptitude, skills in the use of hand and power tools. Demonstrated ability using electronic test tools to troubleshoot analog and electronic circuitry. Must have good verbal and written communications skills. Able to operate and maintain heavy equipment (e.g., winches, cranes, capstans, and blocks). Able to obtain a valid  passport and international travel visas. For Levels II, III, & Senior, progressive ability to operate, repair, build, and maintain OTG equipment and systems and ability to serve as lead technician must be demonstrated to move to higher levels. Lead technicians are able to operate, service, and repair all OTG equipment and systems on specific cruises. Progressive ability can be demonstrated by the complexity of equipment and systems used. Level II – Able to serve as Lead Technician on select research cruises. Capable of operating 45-75% of primary OTG instrumentation and equipment. Level III – Able to serve as Lead Technician on research cruises using advanced OTG equipment and systems. Capable of operating 75-99% of primary OTG instrumentation and equipment. Senior Level – Able to serve as Lead Technician on all research cruises. Capable of operating 100% of primary OTG instrumentation and equipment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: (All Levels) Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. Must be able to obtain forklift certification and maintain throughout the duration of employment.

PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Able to lift and carry equipment weighing at least 50 pounds assisted. Must be able to lift, carry, and move moderately heavy equipment. Must be able to work aloft and in confined spaces, and be able to climb ladders aboard seagoing vessels. Medical and physical fitness must be adequate for working continuously at sea for up to 60 days. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to obtain and maintain medical clearance to work on University of Hawai‘i (UH) research vessels or other appropriate vessels and maintain throughout duration of employment.

POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Electrical Engineering.  Knowledge of and experience with commonly-used oceanographic instrumentation and shipboard equipment. Experience in scientific and troubleshooting operations at sea, preferably aboard University of Hawai‘i research vessels. Knowledge of and experience with instrumentation operated by OTG. Experience in shipboard over-the-side operations and recovery of equipment or instrumentation. Skilled in the use of standard working knots and in the use of hauling equipment such as horizontal/vertical capstan and winches. Scientific diving certification. Experience with training marine technicians in shipboard operations. Background in sonar, multibeam, and sound sources. Mechanical knowledge, such as hydraulics. Awareness of International Labor Organization (ISO)/Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) rules governing weight handling equipment, and of regulations regarding the handling and disposal of hazardous and radioactive materials. Possess a valid driver’s license. 

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