Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
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The Ocean Engineering team at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington is hiring – see yourself at APL!
The Applied Physics Laboratory is a research unit at the University of Washington. Our research expertise is in ocean physics and engineering, ocean and medical acoustics, polar science, environmental remote sensing, and signal processing. We conduct research and development that is sponsored by a variety of federal and state agencies, and take great pride in our long-standing status as a US Navy-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Our work takes place not only on the University of Washington campus and medical centers, but in field locations around the world – at sea, in the air, and on polar ice caps. We apply rigorous scientific inquiry and engineering excellence in pursuit of solutions to important problems for the good of our region, nation, and world.
Diversity is a core value at University of Washington and the Applied Physics Laboratory shares this commitment. We are focused on building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable research environment for all students, staff, and collaborators. We believe every member on our team enriches our community by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.
Mechanical Engineer-4, Ocean Technology (level 4) in the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Ocean Engineering Department will be responsible for the design, construction, testing and field deployment of specialized mechanical systems for oceanographic, marine renewable energy and acoustic research. Design tasks will be varied and may range from structural frames and pressure vessels to electronics chassis and hydraulic systems for extremely specialized and unique marine hydrokinetic and robotic devices. Special emphasis will be placed on the design of mechanical and electromechanical systems for long term operation in the ocean. Design decisions are complex and involve non-technical factors such as budget and project timelines and milestones.
Detailed Mechanical Design and Analysis:
Works with scientists and engineers to meet grant/contract objectives by designing mechanical parts and assemblies using the CAD software package SolidWorks. Performs stress analysis using both structural analysis software (ANSYS FEA) and empirical equations.
Mechanical Fabrication, Prototyping and Testing:
Submits work orders for mechanical parts and assemblies to the APL Machine Shop and resolve any issues that arise. Assembles and bench tests mechanical parts and assemblies in the lab prior to deployment to the field. Performs data collection and technology characterization of effectiveness. Presents performance results and calibrations from bench testing to scientists and engineers. Specifies and procures parts, materials and assemblies.
Deploy and Operate Mechanical Systems:
Works with researchers to develop and execute equipment deployment/recovery plans. Performs installation of oceanographic equipment, and operation/maintenance of systems in the field (e.g., Puget Sound or at sea).
Ensures laboratory and fieldwork meets UW safety standards including managing lab chemical and equipment inventory. Supports OE department strategy and planning (e.g., staffing, proposals, estimates, standards, etc). Contributes to APL sponsored research proposals and reports. Supports laboratory functions in fast paced environment through auxiliary tasks as needed.
Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and 4 to 5 years of related experience.
• Mechanical engineering design experience using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
• US Citizenship.
• Demonstrated ability to execute a complex project with high attention to detail.
• Ability to independently prioritize and organize work to meet deadlines; ability to seek help.
• Willingness and ability to learn new systems and to implement new processes in response to changes.
• Capability to work well with a team of interdisciplinary engineers and scientists
• Able to meet the physical requirements necessary to work at sea in small to large vessels for extended periods and willing to perform the required duties aboard ships.
• Able to work independently, and as part of a research team, interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds, academic levels, and nationalities.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Heat transfer analysis.
• Fluid mechanics analysis.
• Hydraulic systems.
• Corrosion control theories and methods
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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