Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$31.45 - $37.62 / Hour
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TX Contract
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8 hrs/day

#117168 Oceanographic Mooring Technician

Filing Deadline: Wed 7/6/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/25/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/5/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


This position is for a senior technician to assemble oceanographic instrumentation and mooring structures, and to deploy/recover these during field work at sea. It includes a supervisory function to coordinate a small team of less experienced technicians or students, who participate in these assemblies and deployment/recovery field work. Participation in field work at sea is required; typical expeditions are cruises on research vessels of one to three weeks duration. Maximum durations are two consecutive months at sea for a single expedition, and a cumulative maximum of three months per year; typical is a total time at sea of about 2 months per year.

Required at-sea skills include the following deck functions: independently prepare, test and deploy instruments during research cruises alone and without supervision, as well as in a team; coordinate or lead deck operations at sea, instructing other, less experienced team members throughout the operations; operate electronic devices to communicate with science instruments, both in the lab as well as through remote data telemetry (e.g. acoustically); operate deck equipment including cranes, A-frames, winches, capstans, and small boats. The onshore aspects of this position include the following work and skills: proficiency in operating general laboratory equipment including scales, vacuum pumps, and various measuring devices such as gauges; use of mechanical machinery and tools such as saws, drilling devices, grinders, sanders, etc.; maintenance of tools and mechanical machinery including winches, spoolers, and cranes; familiarity with materials used for the wires/ropes and instrument housings, and with corrosion-prevention; modification to existing mooring and deck hardware; computer skills to perform basic documentation and office tasks; proficiency in reading and implementing engineering drawings and procedures, and updating existing drawings and documentation; use of electronic devices such as multimeters and power supplies as well as computers to communicate with scientific instruments; installation of batteries and memory media in instruments and sealing them in pressure cases prior to deployment.

The applicant will work in a team supervised by a senior scientist. Other team members are engineers, technicians, scientists, and students. The applicant will supervise students and temporary employees to operate machinery and refurbish equipment, mainly while working in the highbay facility but sometimes in one of the labs and/or at sea. Candidates should possess interactive, cooperative, communicative, and written skills to interact with all team members and outside partners efficiently, and have a positive and respectful team working attitude.


  • Graduation from high school and six years of experience in machine shop work, tool and die-making, welding and steel fabrication, mechanics, or oceanographic shop work, three years of which must have been in marine fabrication, assembly, or repair work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Read and interpret blueprints, mechanical drawings, ship deck layouts, schedules, instructions and schematic details

  • Employ proper interactive skills while assisting scientists, engineers, technicians, students, temporary personnel and machinist

  • Coordinate and delegate tasks to students, machinist and temporary personnel

  • Demonstrate a capacity to work cooperatively and constructively with others, in small teams and sometimes for extended periods

  • Work at sea for extended periods and travel abroad

  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures and regulations while working with machinery on land and at sea

  • Train and oversee other technical staff

  • Possess documentation skills necessary to produce testing information. Tests consist of analyzing corrosion, fatigue, product reliability and production quality control

  • Utilize available resources efficiently, including electronic and mechanical test equipment, heavy machinery, machine tools, computers, lifting and transportation equipment

  • At-sea experience including the preparation, deployment and recovery of oceanographic equipment

  • Sea-going skills involving rigging, deck safety, deck layout, stowing and securing gear, crane, A-frame and winch operations, ship handling, "set and drift" navigation and small craft use

  • Familiarity with computers and software

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with machine shop equipment including the grinder, cutter, drill machines and power hand tools

  • Ability to build tools and fixtures used to create better production methods

  • Ability to train and supervise students and temporary workers on how to operate machinery, assemble/refurbish instruments and do sea operations


  • Must be able to spend 3 months at sea annually, max. 2 months continuously.

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

  • Must be able to operate heavy machinery including cranes, winches, fork trucks, large trucks, capstans and A-frames.

  • Passport required for seagoing operations and travel to foreign ports.

  • California driver's license.

  • Occasional overtime and irregular hours.

  • Must be able to obtain certification to operate various forklifts

  • Must be able to obtain TWIC card

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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