The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 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 full time Mechanical Engineer.The Mechanical Engineer in the Applied Physics Laboratory's Ocean Engineering Department will be responsible for the design, construction and field deployment of specialized mechanical systems for oceanographic and acoustic instrumentation. Design tasks will be varied and may range from structural frames and pressure vessels to electronics chassis and hydraulic systems. Special emphasis will be placed on the design of mechanical and electromechanical systems for long term operation in the ocean. Duties will contribute to a strategically important, highly visible, and multi-million dollar projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as well as opportunities for collaboration with other internal UW departments and other applied research centers at other universities.Specific work will be completed in the following areas:
The incumbent will use SolidWorks CAD software to design oceanographic hardware, including but not limited to deep ocean mooring design, that meets defined scientific requirements.
The incumbent will perform stress analysis of oceanographic hardware using both structural analysis software (ANSYS FEA) and empirical equations.
The incumbent will coordinate with Applied Physics Laboratory Ocean Engineering machine shop and Field Engineers during the fabrication process to ensure the finished product meets design specifications.
The incumbent will coordinate the assembly and testing of mechanical hardware with other engineers and technicians.
The incumbent will serve as the design and engineering expert for at-sea installation/deployment and recovery of the oceanographic equipment.REQUIREMENTS:
Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and at least eight years of experience; equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as license/certification/registration
Experience with mechanical and ocean engineering design
Experience using mechanical computer-aided design tools
Able to meet the 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
Able to acquire and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearancePlease note: candidates with advanced degrees and additional experience are strongly encouraged to apply as they will all be considered for this recruitment at a level commensurate with their education and experience. Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.DESIRED:
Heat Transfer Analysis
Proficient in the creation of mechanical drawings
Simulation of mechanical systems using computer tools
Scuba diving experience or certificationCONDITIONS 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
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