As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years. The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is a national center for advanced science and engineering research and development and education. APL-UW was formed in 1943 for the U.S. Navy to bring university research resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. APL-UW has developed an international reputation for its broad based programs in science, engineering and for designing, building, and deploying the advanced technology required to meet the research needs of numerous government and commercial sponsors. With modern facilities, equipment and over 350 talented researchers and staff, APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities. APL has an outstanding opportunity for a Field Engineer.The APL Field Engineer provides APL researchers with hands-on engineering and technical support, both at the lab and in the field, for their sponsored research activities. This support includes primarily mechanical fabrication, assembly, integration, bench testing, calibration, field deployment, operation, maintenance and recovery of scientific equipment and instruments. The Field Engineer serves as the Principal Investigator's (PI) representative in the field, and makes independent judgments in support of the PI's research programs.RESPONSIBILITIES:Mechanical Fabrication, Assembly and Testing-At the direction of Principal Investigator or designated design engineer: fabricate, assemble, integrate, test, and calibrate custom mechanical components to be integrated into custom and/or modified, commercial equipment.-Maintain operational condition of equipment by cleaning, calibrating, modifying, diagnosing problems and repairing.-Identify problems with the research equipment or methods, and identify and implement solutions.-Procure equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish research program objectives.-Maintain safety standards in the laboratory.Fieldwork-Prepare, deploy, operate, repair, maintain, recover field equipment both locally (e.g., Puget Sound) and globally (e.g., Pacific Ocean).-Assist with experiment logistics, including: shipment of equipment to remote field locations, obtaining lodging, communications, and sourcing supplies; at the conclusion of each field experiment, manage the proper storage and inventory of equipment and supplies.-Maintain safety standards during operations onboard research vessels; and assume responsibility for safe and effective operation of complex experimental equipment. -Assist in all aspects of field data collection, including: small vessel operations, instrument calibration, computer data acquisition, and record keeping.Other-May instruct and supervise support staff and students on methods and procedures.-May schedule and document the work of team members.-May analyze fieldwork results; develop conclusions and recommendations.-May contribute to research results in publishable form.REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement.At least two years of relevant experience.Demonstrated knowledge and application of mechanical principles and theories is required.Demonstrated experience with advanced scientific equipment fabrication, assembly, testing, deployment, maintenance, operation, repairs.Demonstrated experience in the application of common mechanical fabrication methods and tools, especially micro-electronic component fabrication.Able to work independently, and as part of a research team, interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds, academic levels, and nationalities.Effective interpersonal and communication skills.Able to acquire and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:Experience with marine renewable energy technologies.Experience with robotics technologies.Experience with AUVs or UUVs.At sea experience.Vessel operator experience.Scuba diver certification.Experience working for research lab at an R1 University.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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