Junior Marine Equipment Technician

Ocean Networks Canada

May 07, 2015

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Job Category: 
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 Testing and Development (T&D) unit is primarily responsible for testing and qualifying instruments and equipment prior to deployment to the cabled observatories and other mobile and land based assets. The Team designs and develops instruments and equipment, repairs and maintains instruments, and supports the planning and execution of field operations related to the observatory maintenance. 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 Marine Equipment Technician participates in observatory maintenance, instrument testing activities, maintenance of the laboratory testing facility, equipment design, equipment development, and documentation of instruments and related 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 Instrument Testing: (40%)

  • Test and qualify scientific instruments and equipment to be integrated into ONC observatories according to established standards and protocols
  • Create test reports according to instrument qualification processes and procedures
  • Prepare and stage qualified instruments for observatory deployments.
  • Repair, maintain, clean and requalify marine instruments and related equipment according to established practices and standards
  • Provide technical support on shore or at sea during observatory maintenance cruises as required, including the handling of heavy items, readying instruments for deployment etc.

Complete other related duties as assigned. Laboratory Operations (30%)

  • Ensure the laboratory and testing facilities are maintained at a high operational standard and are a clean, healthy and safe working environment
  • Maintain laboratory testing equipment and salt water test tanks to ensure that instrument preparation and testing are not disrupted.
  • Assist with shipping and receiving duties for laboratory equipment.
  • Ensure equipment and instruments are properly stored and inventoried Equipment Design and Development: (20%)
  • Maintain up-to-date testing documentation for marine instruments
  • Create design documentation for equipment and cables using standard document templates
  • Assist in the design and manufacture of equipment, platforms and structures under the supervision of senior T&D staff.
  • Update workflow documents to ensure that operation schedules are maintained
  • Build and test marine cable assemblies for instruments and equipment.

Consultation with other ONC staff and external parties: (10%)

  • Communicate with venders and equipment providers as required to confirm technical specifications for scientific instruments
  • Support Digital Infrastructure staff in charge of software development, instrument communications and testing by setting up and connecting instruments on an agreed upon schedule
  • 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 can shared between Teams Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have an electrical/electronic education at a degree or technologist 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
  • Strong electronic troubleshooting and soldering skills
  • 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
  • Documentation, diagram and technical writing skills


  • 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 field support at sea would be an asset
  • Forklift certification an asset.
  • Previous maritime experience 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 Basic Safety would be an asset

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

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

Opening Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 13:15 Closing Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 13:15 

How To Apply: 

Please visit this site to apply https://uvic.mua.hrdepartment.com/hr/ats/JobSearch/viewAll