Undersea Acoustic R&D Engineer

  • Engineering
  • Jackson, United States

Undersea Acoustic R&D Engineer

Job description

Undersea Acoustic R&D Engineer

SeaLandAire Technologies in Jackson, Michigan is looking for an experienced Undersea Acoustic R&D Engineer to become one of several acoustic Subject Matter Experts on SLA's staff to grow our company's capabilities and reputation with our customers and partners.

SeaLandAire provides engineering services for data collection applications in difficult environments. We design, develop, and build products tailored to help our customers collect information from any environment, focusing on small unmanned vehicles and sensor systems. The job is fast-paced and requires working with top engineers, customers, and support staff. Our passion for our work is evident in everything that leaves our doors.

The Undersea Acoustic R&D Engineer performs duties in design, development, and testing of underwater acoustic transducers including hydrophones and projectors in a research and development atmosphere. The position combines elements of mechanical, electrical, and acoustic engineering, testing of acoustic sensors, and processing of test data to fully characterize the properties of the acoustic transducer.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with SLA project teams and customers during requirements definition, project feasibility assessment and acoustic performance verification
  • Train team members in key acoustic concepts
  • Work with a team to design acoustic transducers for optimum performance and low cost across the required operating envelope
  • Research new transducer designs and provide analysis of various design trades
  • Design and execute tests to characterize and validate the performance of acoustic transducers
  • Help write proposals, estimate necessary labor requirements, and provide cost estimates for new work
  • Provide inputs to written test reports and status reports
  • Develop manufacturing plans and processes specifications to build transducers in limited quantities
  • Read and interpret technical drawings including mechanical manufacturing prints and basic electrical schematics. Collaborate with CAD Designers in the development of new acoustic transducer designs.
  • Analyze test data to quickly summarize the performance of acoustic transducers. May involve Python and/or Excel
  • Provide instruction and collaborate with lab personnel to build and test transducers
  • Interface with System, Mechanical, Electrical Engineers and CAD Design Groups to integrate designs into a deliverable product

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position does not have department or company supervisory responsibilities. However, supervision within projects will be expected and may include planning, organizing, assigning, and overseeing the technical work of other engineers and technicians while communicating regularly with the Project Managers / Project Engineers.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work This is a full-time position, with a minimum expectation of 40 hours per week. Hours are somewhat flexible and some late evenings may be required.


Some travel is expected for field testing, vendor selections, and customer interface.


Core Competencies

Successful applicants should exhibit the following capabilities and traits:

  • Knowledge of underwater acoustics
  • Experience with signal analysis
  • Understanding of line arrays and beamforming
  • Understand piezoelectric ceramic material properties and applications of these materials in electro-mechanical transducers
  • Experience building prototype solutions
  • Knowledge of ceramic hydrophone pre-amp design
  • Understanding of hydrophone noise sources
  • Understanding of Direction Of Arrival (DOA) acoustic processing
  • Experience with Design/Prototype/Validate cycle
  • Experience with multiphysics simulation software preferably COMSOL

Since a majority of SeaLandAire's business is funded by the US Department of Defense, applicants must be a "US Person" (US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident).

The employee may also have to pass background checks to obtain a government security clearance.

Education and Experience

A Master's degree in a relevant field or a Bachelor's degree with at least 5 years relevant experience is required.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear (sometimes in a noisy environment), sit, stand, walk, climb (occasionally), and do repetitive movements with hands.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as a complete list of all job duties performed by persons in the position.

Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time as the needs of the company and requirements of the job change.

SeaLandAire Technologies is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. SeaLandAire Technologies makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.