Field Services Manager (FSM)

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

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The salary range for this position is:
Recruitment range: $75,343- $84,797 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $98,486 is available through annual performance increase.

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
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 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. This includes 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 FSM works in collaboration with the Operations Support and Testing & Development Teams, in the installation, maintenance and repair of ONC's coastal sub-sea infrastructure. The FSM's responsibilities include:

Design, construction and installation of new equipment, platforms, structures and systems
Field operations planning and execution
Member of Marine Operations leadership team
Participates and/or serves as Expedition Lead during at-sea observatory maintenance and installation expeditions 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 such as SCTW-95 Basic Safety

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 minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a minimum of ten years’ experience in engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate must either be a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia, or eligible to become a member.

Essential qualifications include experience with oceanographic instrumentation and equipment, shipboard experience in deployment of marine equipment, as well as a strong technical background in relevant technologies.

Experience with PC based command, control and data acquisition
Thorough command of serial communications protocols (EIA 232, 422, 485)
Good knowledge of Ethernet hardware, TCP/IP and UDP
Facility with systems-level hardware integration
Experience with microprocessor-based control systems
Experience with CAD engineering design software, database applications and standard office software
Experience with financial/budget administration
Supervisory experience

Competency Requirements:
Resourceful, with strong problem-solving abilities
Strong interpersonal, verbal, written and computational communication skills
Ability to coordinate complex logistics of an ocean-going campaign, among a range of expert technical resources (ship, ROV, scientific technical staff)
Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
Ability to process data from oceanographic instruments and assess data quality
Ability to plan, organize and monitor the work and activities of self and direct reports 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 in the English language.
Ability to serve as spokesperson, facilitator or participant in meetings and presentations to discuss engineering projects or proposals.
Ability to provide leadership and establish and maintain a collegial working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.

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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Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Belinda Fontes, HR Programs and Project Manager, at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
Additional Information
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