AUV Operations Engineer

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moss Landing, California
Jun 14, 2017
Jul 14, 2017
Ocean Science
Education Level
Associates Degree
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


AUV Operations Engineer


The incumbent ensures that MBARI oceanographic equipment (primarily the Dorado class AUVs) operate in an efficient and effective manner. The incumbent assists in the design, development, testing, and operation of MBARI’s fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles, unmanned surface vessels, and associated scientific payloads. Primary responsibility will be design, modification and maintenance of COTS and custom systems for data acquisition and embedded control applications and operating assigned autonomous vehicles. 


Duties involve the design, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment as assigned. This includes integration of new instrumentation into vehicles, sustaining engineering on existing vehicle platforms, research cruise planning and preparation, mobilization, and at-sea operations. Areas of technical responsibility include design and integration of electrical hardware, embedded software, and mechanical assemblies. In addition, the incumbent will participate in vehicle launch and recovery and other associated on-deck work as needed.


An Associate’s degree, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline, plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in oceanographic instrumentation or a related field is required. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired: mechanical design (using Solidworks or other CAD software)  and fabrication (machining, welding), electrical design using OrCad or Altium, software development in C++/C. Experience in the development, integration, and operation of bio-acoustic and/or geophysical sonar systems is highly desired. The position requires the willingness and ability to go to sea and work offshore for up to two months at a time, up to 150 days per year. The position requires the ability to lift up to 35 pounds. The AUV Operations Engineer must be able to work well as part of a team, independently and with diverse groups of people.  Excellent communication and organizational skills are required.  


MBARI, Human Resources
Job code: AUV-OE
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Submit your cover letter and resume by e-mail to, or by mail to the above address, or by fax to (831)775-1620.


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