NOAA GLERL – Engineer II

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This position is in support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). The Engineer II will provide support in marine instrumentation, mooring design, remote operation vehicle platforms, and observing system support, working in GLERL’s Observing Systems and Advanced Technology (OSAT) branch.

Responsibilities Include:

Working with technicians, engineers, and scientists to develop hypoxia, climate, and ecosystem observational components
Working on GLERL research vessels in offshore and on shore environments
Working with Observing Systems and Advanced Technology (OSAT) technicians, engineers, and principal investigators to develop observing systems
Preparing instrumentation for deployment
Deploying instrumentation and mooring systems
Retrieving instrumentation and moorings
Archiving data at the end of each field season
Preparing instrumentation for calibration
Working with Real-time Coastal Observation Network (ReCON) and harmful algal bloom (HAB) observing systems teams on engineering systems development projects
Assisting in piloting autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) as part of a team for long term deployments
Performing field work as a passenger on marine vessels
Required Qualifications and Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
4 years + of full-time engineering experience
Advanced degrees or certifications may qualify for shorter periods of required experience
Experience with programming instrumentation, designing, and deploying moorings
Willingness and ability to work on a marine vessel in the Great Lakes
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a technical team
Excellent programming skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Basic familiarity with troubleshooting marine electronics and instrumentation
General knowledge of freshwater ecology/biology/limnology
Ability to operate material handling equipment (MHE) safely: 6K forklift, pallet jacks, working around overhead cranes, loading equipment onto trailers
No prior certification is required, and hands on training will be conducted prior to operating MHE
Ability to work with small hand tools and familiarity with machine shop environment
Ability to lift and carry a 50lb load


2+ years of experience working on marine instrumentation
2+ years of experience working at sea on research cruises
Computer networking skills
Familiarity with sensor installation and integration into a real-time environmental observation network
Familiarity with programmable underwater sensors
Experience with instrument programming and data retrieval, quality control, and upload to relevant data archives
Work Setting and Environment:

Work will be conducted at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI and applicable field locations
Travel is not anticipated to exceed 30% for the year, within the Great Lakes basin
Telework to be approved for tasks conducive to remote work