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Do you love to compete? Are you hungry for achievement? Are you an A player? Do you want to work with other A players? For a company where culture is nurtured and managed as a critical source of advantage? Where every employee knows and cares about direction and strategy?

AML Oceanographic has clocked average annual growth of 20% over the past 8 years. How? Most importantly, we’ve built a team that provides outstanding service and truly cares about our customers. AML has a market reputation for two things:

  • Going to the ends of the earth to make our customers successful.
  • Bringing fresh ideas to an established market

We manufacture ocean sensing solutions – sensors, instrumentation, and deployment systems – for business and government customers on all seven continents. As a hi-tech business, our technical team includes experts and engineers with experience in the acoustic, mechanical, electrical, software, and embedded software domains. We operate from locations at either end of Canada: Halifax (Dartmouth), Nova Scotia on the Atlantic Coast and Victoria (Sidney), British Columbia on the Pacific Coast. Learn more about us here.

It goes without saying that we give preference to qualified candidates who already have had exposure to the oceanographic or hydrographic industries. Similarly, we see a formal education in Oceanography, Hydrography, Environmental Science, or Engineering as a significant advantage.

One last requirement: at AML, we’re looking for individuals who are excited by the idea of coming to work to contribute. We expect each of our team members to dedicate their hands, head, AND heart to his or her position.

How to Apply

To submit your application, select the job posting then click on "apply" and follow the steps. You can also submit your application package via email to hr@AMLoceanographic.com. In addition to your resume and cover letter, please clearly identify the personal values that you use to guide your decisions, and explain why these specific values are so important to you. Finally, please clearly indicate your compensation expectations. No phone calls please.

Operations

Mission of the Role

Parts never stop us!

Accountabilities

  • Team: Ensures every team member is an A player
  • Strategy: All team members endorse AML’s corporate strategy
  • Execution: Achieves plan in 6 of last 8 quarters, on time and on budget
  • Cash: Improves inventory turnover to 5 turns per year
  • Inventory Valuation Accuracy: NetSuite inventory valuations are accurate to within 1% at all times
  • Material Costs: Reduces parts costs by 2% per year for 3 years while maintaining required quality standards

Competencies

  • Leadership & Team: Is an effective enterprise leader and is able to create leadership capabilities in others: Enterprise thinking; Self-aware; Able to adjust own behaviour to match context; Able to create strong interpersonal bonds; Coaching and mentoring emerging leaders towards better; Understanding of how to manage culture; Team builder
  • Transformational: Knows, teaches, and applies growth tools and frameworks like One Page Plan, Rockefeller Habits, Metronome, 5 Dysfunctions, Top Grading
  • Relationship builder: Is able to build strong relationships with key stakeholders: Strong interpersonal skills; Sufficient application knowledge to be customer relevant; Able to add value to customers, suppliers, and partners; Ability to successfully balance conflicting interests
  • Strategic: Is able to assess value chain and ID opportunities; Is able to identify step changes required in supply chain model, sell impact, and execute accordingly
  • Manufacturing / Supply Chain: Able to prioritize appropriate frameworks; Knows, teaches, and applies best practices in manufacturing management (LEAN, JIT, supply chain, Six Sigma, and similar); Working knowledge of modern manufacturing techniques (injection moulding, machining, casting, PCB manufacturing, additive manufacturing)
  • Forecasting: Has the ability to marry demand forecasting with strategic and operational procurement decisions
  • Market Expert: Expert in the hydrographic, oceanographic science, environmental monitoring, and subsea positioning markets; Understands market, customer, supplier, competitor, and financial dynamics

Metrics

  • % of work order kits delivered to Production in full before business unit’s required by date (95% by year 3)
  • % of sales orders delayed by part availability
  • Inventory turns (5 by year 3)
  • Price improvement on current parts (2% per year)
Mission of the Role
 
Undisputed owner of inventory, physical and electronic!
 
Functional Accountabilities:
 
  • Kit delivery – Importance: 95% of WO kits delivered to Production before required by date in a manner that optimizes delivery schedule 
  • Inventory Quantity Accuracy – Importance: Netsuite item quantities are accurate to within 5% at all times
  • Inventory Receipts – Importance: Same day receipt of all inventory items to expected standard 
  • NC Creation – Importance: Creation of NCs that are inventory related 
 
Competencies:
 
  • Effective and proactive planner; understand what’s needed and by when; ability to prioritize
  • Ability to apply manufacturing best practices (LEAN, JIT, TPS) to inventory control and management.
  • Effective communicator. Responsive to the needs of manufacturing and proactively communicates issues.
  • Relationship builder; Commands the respect of affected individuals
  • Understanding of AML’s ERP system and it’s application to inventory management.
  • Familiarity with all parts that comprise AMLs product line; machined components, PCBs, molded assemblies.
 
Critical Metrics:
 
At AML, every position comes with a clear scorecard, designed to guide each employee towards ‘what is important’. The key metrics for this position are:
  • Kits delivered by required by date
  • Qty. of adjustments on core parts

Engineering

Mission of the Role

Design It – Build It – Grow It

Accountabilities

  • Achievement of project plan as it relates to electrical hardware
  • All hardware testing and procedures
  • Item and BOM creation and maintenance of components and board assemblies
  • Hardware design quality
  • Obsolescence awareness and planning
  • Support for Hardware related customer issues
  • Hardware COGS
  • Hardware non-conformance to resolution
  • Identify and address regulatory changes / requirements

Competencies

  1. Knowledge of system control hardware for harsh environments
  2. CAD for PCB design, such as Altium embedded CPUs such as ARM family, and coding
  3. Hands on electronics assembly including circuit boards, cables, and enclosures
  4. Troubleshooting of electrical systems, both hands on and schematics
  5. Knowledge of DFM and DFT processes
  6. Knowledge system control design, PLCs, etc
  7. Knowledge of shipboard and marine circuits
  8. Internet communication and geolocation hardware such as TCP/IP, Bluetooth and GPS
  9. Multi-disciplinary engineering knowledge
  10. Scrum/agile product design methodology

Metrics

  • Lead: Estimated #1 project design hours remaining
  • Lead: # of current obsolescence related issues
  • Lag: Hours logged to system projects
  • Lag: Hardware issues last 90 days

Manufacturing

Mission of the Role

Assembly and testing of MVP systems ensuring workmanship quality is delivered throughout the manufacturing process.

Accountabilities

  • Workmanship quality of completed MVP system assemblies and sub-assemblies;
  • Testing and compliance of assemblies to specifications;
  • Timely completion of tasks to ensure production schedules are met;
  • Communication of status, issues and ideas, both written and verbal, to co-workers and other stakeholders;
  • Incorporating of continuous improvement methodologies into work processes;
  • Completion of occasional field work and surpassing customer’s expectations.

Required Knowledge & Skills

  1. You are goal motivated. You find targets motivating, a game to play and win.
  2. Electro-Mechanical systems are a passion. You have a deep understanding of electrical systems as a Certified Electrical Technician / Technologist and have a strong aptitude for mechanics.
  3. You exhibit technical curiosity. You like to see what makes things tick. When something isn’t working as expected, you investigate. Your technical curiosity makes you want to continue your investigation until you’ve proven root cause.
  4. Your manual dexterity is high. You enjoy building complex mechanical and electrical assemblies. You are detail oriented. To you, 2:17 PM doesn’t mean 2:15 or 2:20, it means 2:17. You are precise and specific and you bring that approach to your work.
  5. You are detail oriented in your workmanship, but you bring that same laser focus to the electronic records that you must maintain.
  6. You have experience with electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems. You understand the complexities of these systems.
  7. You ensure the safety of yourself and others in an light-industrial work environment.
  8. You are a communicator. You have a gift for knowing what to say and how to say it; you use your communication skills to create relationships. You are comfortable asking for help when stuck.
  9. You can plan. You are comfortable forecasting into the future and you can see and resolve cause and effect relationships.

Mission of the Role

Ensuring availability and quality of instrumentation

Accountabilities

  • Assembles, troubleshoots, and tests instrumentation in a manufacturing environment
  • Diagnoses and debugs technical issues with digital and analog circuits
  • Calibrates sensors as per standards and best practices
  • Participates in continuous improvement, process flow, etc.
  • Communicates build statuses
  • Produces required build reports and documentation
  • Advises and helps maintain SOPs and build instructions
  • Meets order delivery expectations

Required Knowledge & Skills

  1. ‘People skills’ and the ability to operate in a team environment
  2. Electronics assembly expertise and best practices
  3. Experience with analog circuits, processer-based PCBs, power supplies
  4. Precision soldering
  5. High mechanical aptitude and ‘hands on’ approach
  6. PCB programming; process, troubleshooting, best practices
  7. Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, SOPs, assembly instructions.
  8. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  9. Excellent problem-solving abilities

Preferred Knowledge & Skills

  1. Lean process methodology
  2. Familiarity with LabView
  3. Experience with common ERP systems
  4. Experience with calibration techniques and best practices
  5. Best practices with o-ring seals and other pressure equipment designs
  6. Experience with document control systems, BOMs, part management
  7. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word)
  8. Familiarity with oceanographic applications

Metrics

At AML, every position comes with a clear scorecard, designed to guide each employee towards what is important. The key metrics for this position are:

  • Quantity of instrument orders in back order.
  • Quantity of instruments produced and tested.

Required Education & Experience

  • Relevant Diploma of Technology (Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial) or similar post-secondary education. Equivalent experience may be considered.
  • 2 years experience in a technical manufacturing environment.