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Mechanical Engineer

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Mechanical-Electrical Engineer to join the Acoustic Communications Group within the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department (AOPE). This is a regular full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.

The Mechanical-Electrical Engineer will perform a wide range of design and fabrication tasks to support multiple programs in underwater acoustics and Arctic sensing systems. The position will include both mechanical (70%) and electrical (30%) engineering, with a focus on detailed design of mechanical systems and integration of multiple electrical subsystems, sensors and power sources.

The internal working titles for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate’s level of education & experience.

Essential Functions

  • Use solid modeling tools such as Inventor or Solidworks to design mechanical devices including pressure housings, chassis parts, instrument cages, underwater vehicle assemblies and related items from a variety of different materials.
  • Utilize electrical design tools such as Altium Designer to create and modify system schematics and design simple circuits.
  • Prepare designs for fabrication and work with suppliers, machine shops and finishing houses to create complete products.
  • Integrate mechanical and electrical systems, incrementally test and document results.
  • Prepare systems for laboratory and dockside testing.
  • Use existing software tools or create appropriate tools in Python or a high-level language to aid in testing, calibration and verification of instruments.
  • Support operation and use of systems at sea and in the Arctic during cruises (cruise time can vary from one to six weeks).


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

Engineer I Level : Bachelors (4 or 5 year) degree in mechanical, electrical, biomedical or environmental engineering

Engineer II Level: Master's degree in a relevant engineering or science environment or 2-3 years of experience in a relevant field

For both levels, the desired experience includes the following, in order of importance:

  • Relevant experience with 3D CAD modeling software such as SolidWorks or Inventor.
  • Recent tactical experience working with electrical design tools .
  • Previous experience in an industrial or research setting including interaction with machinists, machine shops
  • Previous experience with electrical and mechanical systems in a marine environment.
  • Background in Microsoft Office tools plus project management and team coordination software.

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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