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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering department seeks an Engineer in Research to assist in the planning and coordinating of the activities at the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory (MHL) in West Hall on Central Campus. Research duties include collaboration with faculty, staff, and students in the preparation of papers, reports, and presentations.  This Engineer will be responsible for performing complex work in the fabrication, modification, maintenance, and repair of specialized scientific or engineering equipment and related devices; participating in design activities and resolving operational problems; coordinating with other technicians; conducting laboratory experiments; and constructing/modifying LabView programs.


Class Support – 35%

  • Preparing for, advancing mechanically and electronically, and conducting academic experiments. This includes set-up, tear-down, maintaining and storing laboratory equipment specific to undergraduate and graduate classes as well as constructing/modifying LabView programs for this same purpose.

Research Support - 35%

  • Preparing for and aiding in the conduct of graduate student research experiments. This includes set-up, demobilization, maintaining and storing laboratory equipment. 
  • Plans and designs the construction and modification of complex research equipment systems and subsystems.
  • Selects appropriate materials and parts, and prepares cost estimates.
  •  Prepares some test specifications and performs engineering tests and subsequent results.
  • Coordinates the fabrication of component parts.

Design Equipment– 10%

  • Designs and builds new equipment or modifies existing equipment.
  • Tests, repairs, and calibrates equipment for education and research.

Repair/Maintain Equipment – 10% 

  • Maintains infrastructure equipment, procedures, policies and documentation.
  • Resolve design problems or malfunctions in specialized and general equipment.
  • Fabricates and installs fixtures such as floating beam dynamometers, load cells, strain gages, etc. to ensure that such instrumentation and equipment function for commercial and educational experiments.
  • Repair/Maintain mechanical and electrical equipment.

Safety Issues – 5%

  • Instruct new laboratory users on lab specific safety procedures and document their training.
  • Determine safe operating procedures for test equipment.
  • Instruct new users on safe operation of the MHL/Department truck.

Facilities Issues – 5%

  • Interact with Plant Operations, Moving & Trucking, Property Disposition and Waste Management personnel to help maintain the facilities.

Required Qualifications*

  • One to three years of professional experience. Knows and applies the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of his/her particular field of specialization, especially as regards naval architecture and mechanical engineering.
  • Under supervision, able to perform work that is varied and that may be somewhat difficult in character.
  • Some evaluation, originality or ingenuity is required.
  • Bachelor's degree in a recognized field of science or learning which is directly related to the duties of the position.
  • Operate hand and power tools and laboratory instruments, including soldering equipment and strain gage instrumentation.
  • General machining skills, operation of lathes, and welding/cutting of metals and plastics (a plus).

Funding requires the incumbent to have US Citizen status.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ability to analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and have the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of his/her responsibilities.
  • Considerable experience in the design, fabrication and repair of scientific or engineering equipment systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and materials used in the repair and maintenance of mechanical and electromechanical devices, especially those used in naval architecture and offshore engineering projects.
  • Reasonable knowledge of engineering mathematics.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex drawings and specifications and to design and modify complex mechanical apparatuses. The ability to work in SolidWorks a plus.
  • Engineering degree or suitable/equivalent experience.

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