Marine Installation Engineer

Ocean Networks Canada

July 28, 2014

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Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. Operating as a not-for-profit society, ONC is responsible for the management of several ocean-based observatories, including VENUS and NEPTUNE and a mini-observatory in the Arctic, on behalf of the University of Victoria. ONC’s cable arrays, together over 900 km in length, host several hundred sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed. They are strategically located to address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments. For more information, visit

Job Summary: 

Marine Installation Engineer - Posting 2014206

The position includes a comprehensive total compensation package including a pension plan, extended health and dental plan, generous vacation entitlement and professional development financial support. Relocation assistance is available.

The Marine Installation Engineer provides engineering technical expertise and consultation in the design, planning and contracting for the maintenance and expansion of the wet plant and scientific instrumentation of the ONC observatory. The observatory is an integrated system of cables and instruments, which requires expertise to ensure that the various components of system work effectively and efficiently.
Reponsibilities of the of the Marine Installation Engineer include:

  • Oversight and management of the specification, design, and procurement of cabled ocean observatory equipment.
  • Assist scientists in preparing budgets and plans of work for the engineering aspects of instrument testing and deployments
  • Collaborate with experts in the oceanographic community to share experience in instrumentation design and operations strategies.
  • Design rigging plans using technical calculations of loads, breaking strengths, material applicability, staging, order of operations, etc. to safely and efficiently deploy equipment from the ship’s deck to the seafloor.
  • Prepare at-sea operations plans and act as Dive Chief at sea.  While at sea, direct ROV and deck operations and provide senior technical advice.  Interact with ship’s bridge staff and manage data loggers and other support staff aboard. Work is at sea is 12hr shifts over multiple days.

The position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering or in an associated field and requires a broad understanding of subsea engineering technology applicable to the ONC observatory and the systems integration with the wide spectrum of science instruments.

4-6 years of experience is required and should include the following:

  • Professional Certification (or eligibility for registration) as a member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. Engineer-in-training designation is also acceptable.
  • Three or more years of experience in design, specifying, construction and maintenance of underwater electronic equipment and underwater instrumentation, including some supervisory experience
  • One or more years of experience in the long distance transmission of data using fibre optics
  • Seagoing experience, including participation in offshore crane and ROV operations
  • An appropriate level of physical fitness to participate in maintenance cruises and an ability to lift over 5 pounds.

Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

How To Apply: 

Please apply from the University of Victoria Job Posting's page: