Ocean Career: AUV Systems Engineer at Cellula Robotics

Cellula Robotics Ltd is seeking an AUV Systems Engineer. We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is excited about robotics. We will consider applicants of all levels, from entry level to senior engineer. You will be expected to contribute to the research, design, development and operation of both cruising and hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).

Cellula is an innovative engineering company that specializes in automated and tele-robotic systems, primarily for the offshore and subsea market. Our solutions are designed, built and tested in-house by a skilled team of engineers, technicians and support staff.

We take pride in our work and we work hard to bring the best value to our clients. We learn from the systems we develop in order to continually improve the solutions we deliver to our clients. Therefore, we encourage the same team members to assist in field installation, operational trials, and service.

As a company, we provide the opportunity to grow professionally with ever-changing projects. Our office is a casual, collaborative environment where you will develop state-of-the-art systems to solve real world problems. In addition, we offer flexible work hours, benefits and competitive compensation.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent
  • Eligible for P.Eng or EIT with EGBC
  • Eligible for Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status (security clearance requirement)
  • 1+ yrs relevant experience (in industry, co-op, or grad school)


  • Work with a small team developing AUVs. Interact with software, electrical & mechanical engineers. Liaise with business development & project management staff.
  • Work within projects and across projects to help coordinate R&D and Product objectives.
  • Generate high level diagrams that are neat, clear and impactful to support all elements of AUV design, operation & support. Detailed CAD is not a mandatory skill.
  • Become a “go to” resource for all aspects of AUV design & operation and provide technical leadership to projects.
  • Support the creation and management of QA systems for AUV design and operations support.
  • Understand and be able to explain how AUVs work, from basic hydrodynamics, through actuator motion, sensor feedback, filtering, control loops, communications stacks, and low & high level software layers.
  • Understand and be able to explain the fundamentals of key types of navigational & payload equipment, including: GPS, GNSS, INS, FOG, RLG, DVL, USBL, MBES, SSS, SAS, SVP, SBP.
  • Participate in the selection, evaluation, configuration and operation of key AUV components, software, and middleware. Be able to justify trade-offs for business or technical reasons.
  • Write clear, concise and accurate AUV system level documents, including:
    • Requirements specifications
    • Risk analyses
    • Design documents
    • Interface control documents
    • Test plans & reports
  • Lead AUV sea trials from a technical stand point. This includes:
    • Performing as lead AUV “pilot”
    • Writing & testing mission plans that meet operational objectives while minimizing risk
    • Setting operational parameters such as limits, fault thresholds and fault responses
    • Tuning AUV systems in water
    • Making operational trade-offs as needed while considering objectives, risks, resources and environment (e.g. weather)
  • Troubleshoot AUV systems efficiently
  • Contribute to academic papers & trade magazine articles
  • Stay current on relevant technologies
  • Provide AUV training to clients.
  • International travel may be required
  • Offshore work may be required

Desirable Skills & Experience:

  • 4+ yrs relevant experience
  • 4+ yrs AUV design and operations experience
  • 4+ years’ experience operating multiple types of AUVs
  • Microsoft: Windows, Word, Excel, Visio
  • Linux: Ubuntu, ROS
  • MTBF and reliability analysis
  • NMEA 0183 protocol messages
  • “Seamanship”, e.g. Small boats, knots, weather
  • Subsea electrical systems and sensors
  • ISO 9001 quality environment

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

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