Junior Field Services Technician

Ocean Networks Canada

May 07, 2015

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Job Specialization: 
Manufacturing and Production
Company Overview: 

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is as a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on behalf of the University of Victoria that  supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean, and Arctic environments. ONC’s cable arrays host hundreds of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed along with mobile and land based assets strategically located, instruments that address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments. 

ONC's Observatory Operations' division is mandated to provide a reliable and relevant  digital, coastal and sub-sea infrastructure that facilitates the goals of the observatory user communities. Marine Operations supports this mandate through the installation, maintenance and repair of the cabled arrays, mobile systems and land-based assets that comprise the coastal sub-sea infrastructure. In this regard, Marine Operations utilizes a team-based, client-focused approach that promotes a safe work environment and fosters an environment of mutual respect, cooperation and support. Together the Field Services, Testing & Development and Operations Support units within Marine Operations, work to efficiently, effectively and safely fulfill their core purpose. The Marine Technology Centre (MTC) in Sidney serves as the department's base of operations.

Job Summary: 

The Field Services unit is primarily responsible for preparing for and executing field service operations related to the day-to-day workings of the cabled observatories and other mobile and land based assets. This includes ship based activities that occur multiple times a year for up to four weeks duration, as well as day and multi day trips to service land and marine systems. The Junior Field Services Technician also participates in equipment maintenance and repair activities at sea or on shore, and the design and documentation of equipment. This position is expected to maintain certifications in forklift and crane operation, first aid, and a Transport Canada approved marine safety course such as Standards of Training, Certifications and Watchkeeping -95 Basic Safety. This position, as with all Marine Operations positions, will on a rotating basis serve as the Marine Operations Safety Coordinator whose role it is to coordinate internal tasks required to ensure safety equipment, training and records are in place to meet Marine Operations workplace safety requirements. The Safety Coordinator sits on the ONC Joint Local Safety Committee. 


Observatories Maintenance and Repair: (50%)

· Work collaboratively with unit personnel to plan logistics for field operations

· Stage and prepare equipment, instruments and related materials for field operations

· Repair, maintain and clean instruments, instrument support systems, and related equipment in the field

· Receive, repair and recertify equipment and instruments at ONC facilities prior to and following field deployments according to established practices and standards

· Provide technical support on shore, or at sea, during observatory maintenance cruises and shore station trips as required, including the handling of heavy items, readying instruments for deployment etc.

· Supports the operation of ONC monitoring systems by troubleshooting related issues under the guidance of senior Field Services staff

· Ensure equipment and instruments are properly stored and inventoried

Equipment Design and Documentation: (30%)

· Contribute creative ideas and pragmatic approaches to the design and manufacture of equipment and instruments

· Prepare drawings (CAD) and other design drafting projects in support of operations

· Assist with the implementation of equipment designs (i.e. fabricating, assembly, etc.) under the direction of senior Field Services personnel

· Participate in generating documentation related to field activities, including checklists, sketches, summary reports etc. 

· Update workflow documents to ensure that operations schedules are maintained

Consultation with other staff and external parties: (20%)

· Work collaboratively with the Field Services, Testing and Development and Operations Support team members as required to move projects forward to completion. This requires the development of effective working relationships with Team members, and cross training so specialized knowledge is shared between Teams

· Communicate with vendors and equipment providers for understanding of technical specifications, design limitations, installation requirements etc.

· Complete small projects as directed by the Field Services Manager.


The successful candidate will have an electrical or mechanical education at a degree, or technical level with additional specialized training or experience, and a minimum of 1-2 years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


  • Experience with electronics testing equipment and tools (soldering etc.)
  • Strong electronic troubleshooting skills
  • Knowledge of systems-level hardware integration (switches, network devices)
  • Experience with PCs, computer networking, and serial communications
  • Experience with PC based command, control and data acquisition
  • Experience with serial communications protocols (EIA 232, 422, 485)
  • Experience with computer networking, TCP/IP and UDP
  • Experience with systems-level hardware integration
  • Capable with basic hand and power tools
  • Some experience with CAD software (mechanical)
  • Documentation and technical writing skills


  • Resourceful, with strong problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work cooperatively within a team, as well as independently
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with oceanographic instrumentation and equipment including time at sea would be an asset
  • Small boat experience (Transport Canada Small Vehicle Operator Proficiency an asset)
  • Forklift certification an asset
  • A current Standard First Aid or Marine Basic First Aid certificate is desirable
  • A Transport Canada approved marine safety course such as Standards in Training
  • Certifications and Watchkeeping - 95 Basic Safety an asset

Salary: $47,193.00 - $53,117.00 per year

Employment type: Regular, continuing and a member of the PEA Union

Opening Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 09:45

Closing Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 09:45