ROV Mechanical Engineer, Subsea Systems – Schmidt Ocean Institute – Hayward, CA

Position – ROV Mechanical Engineer – Subsea Systems

Employment Type – Term Employment, expected 18 months term with possible extension

Location – Hayward, CA

Program Overview

Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI, is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit operating foundation established in March 2009 to advance oceanographic research, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing of information about the oceans. SOI is developing a series of advanced undersea robotic research vehicles for use on SOI’s research ship Falkor. The vehicles will support scientific research throughout the full range of ocean depths, including operations at hadal depths, thereby providing scientists with access to the deepest parts of the ocean. The vehicles will be outfitted with a suite of sensors and scientific equipment to support collection of a broad range of data and samples.

Purpose / Role

The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Mechanical Engineer will support a range of tasks from initial vehicle and component design through commissioning, sea-trials and will include technical support for at-sea operations of multiple technical and scientific systems related to the goals of the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) and collaborators. The Mechanical Engineer will work with the Program Manager and technical team to contribute practical and innovative designs for SOI’s new subsea vehicle systems.


Bachelor, Masters, or Professional degree in mechanical engineering with 3-5 years of experience with design and development of subsea systems. Similar degrees and practical experience may be considered.


Mechanical Engineering

Develop mechanical designs and conduct technical analyses of structural components in support of the overall design and build, and also in support of the integration of scientific instruments, sensors and other sub-systems.

Layout design of mechanical/hydraulic/electrical systems and machinery.

Conduct stress, strain, and other calculations and FEA to support designs.

Creating Bills of Materials for your design and liaising with purchasing and production personnel.

To work in multi-discipline project teams on specific aspects of the machine design.

To be involved in the design, build, commissioning, testing, and trials of new build machines. This can involve working abroad/offshore.

Working with electrical, control, and software engineers to ensure correct interfacing between different all aspects of designed systems.

Additional duties: provide assistance to support fellow engineers, project managers, commissioning, and the offshore technical team.

Other duties as assigned.


Sound understanding of engineering principles.

Competent in use of CAD/CAM systems – e.g. SolidWorks (preferred), SolidWorks Simulation, AutoCAD, PRO-E or similar space frame design and analysis packages

Proficient in Agile or PDM/PLM Works (or similar), Excel.

A minimum of 3 years previous post-graduate experience in a design role preferably of low volume high-value machinery and/or equipment.

Knowledge of fabrication design and machine tools.

Good understanding of pressure vessel design, analysis, and testing

Good experience in creating detailed manufacturing drawings

Understanding of geometric tolerances, weld symbols, surface finishes etc.

An enthusiasm for engineering, practical experience and a varied background is essential.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English)

Valid passport

Desired Skills

Operational experience with ROV Launch & Recovery Systems

Experience in operating Scientific ROV’s

Experience with conventional ROV Systems (Mechanical, Electrical & Communications)

How to apply

Send a letter of interest and a resume / CV to: that clearly outlines how you meet the above requirements. References check will be conducted. Should a candidate make it to the formal interview stage, a design / project portfolio will be an asset.