Senior Marine Equipment Specialist

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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UVic compensation is competitive with

Annual salary increases – 3% progression increases up to the salary job rate, and 2% performance increases from the job rate to the ceiling, of the salary range
7 hour work days and 35 hour work weeks
Generous vacation time off - 22 days to start, increasing to 25 days – 15 days for term employees
Leaves – maternity, parental, adoption, personnel, sick and long term disability*
Flexibility in arranging work schedules
Access to personal and central professional development funds*
Diverse range of learning and development opportunities*
Sustainability initiatives including discounted transit passes and a pedestrian and bike friendly campus*

UVic contributes to your and your family’s health and well-being through its

Comprehensive medical, dental* and pension* benefits
Employee and family assistance program
Discounted athletic facility membership
Access to health and wellness tools and resources to support you in finding work-life balance

  • Some eligibility criteria apply for term positions
The salary range for this position is:
Recruitment range: $71,810- $80,821 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $93,865 is available through annual performance increase.

Job Summary

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is 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. These instruments 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 and coastal and sub-sea infrastructure that facilitates the goals of the observatory user communities. As a department within Observatory Operations, 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.

The Testing and Development unit designs, develops and maintains instruments and equipment, tests and qualifies both prior to deployment, and supports the planning and execution of field operations related to the observatories maintenance. The Field Services unit is primarily responsible for preparing for and executing field service operations related to the day-to-day workings of the cabled observatories and other mobile and land based assets. Both units' responsibilities include 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 Senior Marine Equipment Technologist (SMES) provides technical expertise, consulting on and undertaking instrument, equipment and infrastructure maintenance and installation and instrument, equipment and infrastructure design and development. The SMES provides technical leadership to Marine Equipment Specialists and Project Engineers, supports the installation and maintenance of other mobile and land based assets, and participates and/or serves as Expedition Lead during smaller at-sea observatory maintenance and installation expeditions and field operations as required.

This position is expected to maintain certifications in forklift and crane operation, standard first aid or marine basic first aid, and a Transport Canada approved marine safety course.

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.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have a technical education at a degree, or technologist level with a diploma from a college or technical institute and additional specialized training, and a minimum of nine years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Essential qualifications include experience with marine scientific instrumentation and equipment, field experience in deployment of equipment, as well as a strong technical background in relevant technologies.


Mechanical workshop experience; capable with hand and power tools
Strong electronics assembly and wiring, soldering and cable potting skills
Experience with electronics testing equipment and tools
Knowledge of PC based command, control and data acquisition
Knowledge of communications protocols (e.g. 232, 422, 485), Ethernet hardware, TCP/IP, Modbus and UDP facility with systems-level hardware integration
Facility with systems-level hardware integration
Strong electronic troubleshooting skills
Experience with CADD software systems (e.g. SolidWorks), database applications and standard office software
Documentation, diagram and technical writing skills

Competency Requirements

Resourceful, with strong problem-solving abilities
Strong interpersonal, verbal, written and computational communication skills
Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
Ability to provide leadership and work collegially within a team as well as independently
Ability to plan, organize and monitor the work and activities of self according to priorities, established schedules and deadlines
Ability to analyze, interpret and evaluate problems and provide practical, cost effective solutions
Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, scientists, technologists, customers, contractors and the general public, both orally and in writing


Programming experience (e.g. C, Python, Matlab)
Experience developing kernel drivers for embedded systems
Experience developing software and hardware involving microprocessor-based control systems
Ability to process data from oceanographic instruments and assess data quality
Forklift certification
A Transport Canada approved marine safety course such as Small Craft Basic Safety
A current Standard First Aid or Marine Basic First Aid certificate

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

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