Ocean Career: Oceaneering AUV Field Technician

Oceaneering Technologies (OTECH) develops, manufactures, and operates customized marine systems, shipboard equipment, subsea vehicles, and engineered solutions for commercial and US military vessels.

Oceaneering Aerospace and Defense Technologies (AdTech) delivers solutions that enable humans to work safely and effectively in harsh environments—from underwater to the outer reaches of space. Our innovative solutions support the development and application of practical, cost-effective systems that meet our customers’ challenges—from routine to extreme. Our experience and expertise across multiple industries uniquely positions us as a leader in the government, space, and maritime services markets. Our products and services meet the rigorous demands of the complex environments in which they operate, delivering results without compromising safety or reliability.

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Position Summary

The Field Technician is responsible for the operation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in a safe and efficient manner, as well as the maintenance and repair of all electronic, electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems and sub-systems associated with AUV’s, including component repair, replacement, and troubleshooting. This is a remote position that requires approximately 50% work on vessels with deployments up to 90 days at a time and 50% work in a shop environment in Mississippi. Onboard ship the Field Technician can expect to work inside the skin of the vessels 50% of the time and on deck 50% of the time. Active Government Clearance required.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operate Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), subsea equipment, program vehicle functions, cameras (video or still), acoustic positioning system, sonar, and operate Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS).
  • Perform maintenance and repairs on electronic, electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical systems.
  • Use test equipment, calibrate, and align equipment, and perform general housekeeping and corrosion control.
  • Use power, video and data distribution equipment including high voltage lines and transformers; phase, current, and voltage monitoring; ground fault protection circuits; sub-sea cameras; amplifiers; coaxial cables; video monitors; video converters; microprocessor-controlled video switchers; modems; line drivers, serial ports; parallel ports; termination of both multi-mode and single mode fiber-optic conductors and modems.
  • Maintain oil-filled sub-sea electrical enclosures including oil-filled cables, cable splices, and sub-sea rated one atmosphere lights and enclosures.
  • Use surface and sub-sea navigational equipment including but not limited to magnetic compass, gyro, transducer, sonar, altimeter, GPS, and associated survey equipment.
  • Establish and maintain parts and supplies associated with all electrical and electronics devices.
  • Maintains parts and supplies inventory associated with all system mechanical and hydraulics assemblies and subassemblies.
  • Additional duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Technical associate degree or tech trade school preferred; experience may be considered in lieu of formal education.
  • Experience operating and maintaining AUVs and/or other Unmanned Underwater Vehicles or Systems.
  • Formal mechanical and hydraulic training, or formal electronic and electronics training; experience may be considered in lieu of formal education.
  • Willing to work offshore in harsh weather environments on a rotation or callout basis.
  • Must be able to pass a drug/alcohol screen and physical evaluation.
  • Will be required to ride boats, barges, and air transportation to remote areas.
  • Must be able to obtain a valid Passport and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC Card).
  • Must be willing to travel internationally on short notice for up to two to three months at a time and at least 6 months out of the year.
  • Must be able to pass a drug/alcohol screen and sea service physical evaluation.
  • Must have a Secret government security clearance to start and able to attain a Top-Secret clearance.


  • Work is conducted both indoors and aboard vessels (indoors and back deck) during the day and occasionally at night.
  • Frequently working on or near moving equipment and vibrating equipment.
  • When outdoors, humidity is frequently above 90%.
  • Noise is over 85 decibels.
  • Light is intense/glare.
  • Occasional exposure to open fire/flames/sparks.
  • Frequent exposure to airborne dust, fumes, and gases.
  • Includes exposure to contaminants.
  • Requires working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures.
  • Includes exposure to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Job tasks are performed in close physical proximity to other people.
  • Requires working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is considered MEDIUM work.

  • Lift 10 - 50 pounds.
  • Work in confined spaces, kneel, jump, run, work while lying on stomach/back, crawl, and use repetitive movements of the arms and hands.
  • Climb stairs/ladders, stand, balance, stoop, squat, reach, and lift/carry objects.
  • Twist body, sit with back supported, head forward/flexed, head tilted/rotated, and work with arms extended overhead.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Wear PPE protection for body, vision, and hearing protection.

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