Oceanographic Instrument Technician

ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.

May 08, 2015

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Job Category: 
Job Specialization: 
Manufacturing and Production
Company Overview: 

ASL Environmental Sciences is a world class company with more than 38 years of experience in oceanographic, acoustic, remote sensing and ice research services. The staff of about 50 comprises oceanographers, engineers, scientists and support staff.  We provide clients with scientific consulting services including: Flow Measurement, Numerical Modeling, Wave Measurement & Analysis, Remote Sensing, Sediment Transport and Ice Studies.  ASL’s Product Division manufactures a series of instruments that use underwater acoustics to measure physical properties of the ocean, such as sea-ice thickness, waves and suspended sediment as well as biological properties including zooplankton and fish.

Job Summary: 

The field oceanographic group in ASL’s Consulting Services Division requires a technician to maintain, mobilize/demobilize, modify and perform limited repairs on ASL’s extensive pool of oceanographic equipment.  Instruments include Acoustic Doppler Current Meters, Ice Profiling Sonars, CTD’s, Acoustic Releases, Water Quality loggers, and other mooring related gear.  These instruments are used for both internal projects and leases to third party companies.

This role requires a person who is mature, very experienced and enjoys working with complex mechanical and electronic devices. The ideal candidate is comfortable with multitasking and juggling priorities in a very dynamic environment.  He/she is organized, has strong attention to detail, good record-keeping skills and is able to meet very tight deadlines with little supervision.

 Specific Requirements:

  • understand basic theory of underwater transducers, beacons and GPS
  • familiar with different seals, O-rings and bulkhead connectors
  • experience working with sensitive electronics, different battery types, memory devices, flash cards
  • strong working knowledge of serial communications, RS232, RS422, Bluetooth and WiFi
  • able to read basic schematics and identify components
  • ability to work in a team or independently
  • strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • familiarity with hand held and basic bench tools
  • experience with databases and meticulous about data entry
  • ability to take ownership of a problem and see it through to a solution
  • must liaise with manufacturers and suppliers for information or problem solving
  • maintain consumable parts inventory (O-rings, batteries, chain, shackles, etc)
  • maintain field gear such as inflatable life vests (CO2 cartridges, etc)
  • will take ownership for the shipping of instruments and other equipment. This will include preparation of required documents (Customs, hazardous goods etc.)


  • Diploma in Mechanical Technology (or equivalent experience)
  • At least 5 years working experience including a strong mechanical or electronics component
  • MS Office, particularly Excel
  • Experience with oceanographic instrumentation is a distinct asset
How To Apply: 

Application procedures:

Please include the following in your application:

A cover letter clearly outlining your relevant experience and why you feel you are well suited to this position.
A current resume.
The names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Please e-mail your application to hrot@aslenv.com by May 29, 2015. Please ensure the position title is in the subject line. When sending your attachment, please ensure it is in Microsoft Word (.doc), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or text (.txt) format.

Compensation will be commensurate with skills and experience. We thank all those who apply to ASL, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted; no phone calls please.