Mechanical Engineering Co-op

Position Description

The Marine Operations department supports all aspects of design, planning, maintenance and expansion of the underwater network and instrumentation. The Mechanical Engineering Co-op will provide essential support to the Operations group during the upcoming busy installation/maintenance season.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist with design and assembly of platforms for underwater instruments such as cameras, sonars, and current meters.
  • Help prepare for Installation cruises.
  • Source materials/parts and obtain multiple quotes for each.
  • Assist in consolidation of inventory.
  • Provide incoming inspection of materials against the ONC quality requirements.
  • Document engineering specifications of instruments.
  • Create mechanical parts using hand tools and manual machine tools.
  • Service and maintain mechanical machines including underwater instrumentation.
  • Prepare special report on one aspect of their work term.
  • Assist the operations support team with shipping/receiving duties.

Installation Cruise –Coastal and Offshore waters

  • There is a possibility for the incumbent to work on board a vessel during the installation cruise depending on our expedition schedule for 2020 which is still TBD.
  • Would need valid passport.

Job knowledge requirements:

  • Ability to use 3D CAD software.
  • Experience with Solid Works an asset.
  • Able to create mechanical parts using hand tools and manual machine tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and computational communication skills.
  • Documentation skills/experience an asset.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Forklift certification an asset.
  • Previous maritime experience an asset.
  • Must be self motivated.

Educational Requirements:

The ideal candidate will be a junior undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering Technology or have the equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • This is a 4 month term position.
  • The Mechanical Engineering Technologist will be based at the Ocean Networks Canada Marine Technology Center located at 9865 West Saanich Road, Sidney, BC.

Start Date: May 4, 2021
End Date: Aug 27, 2021
Salary: $3000/month

To Apply: email your resume and cover letter to Marja Blasé at, other methods will not be accepted.

Opening Date: 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 13:00

Closing Date: 

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 13:00

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