Careers at Makai

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. was established in 1973 as a diversified ocean engineering and naval architecture company providing service primarily in Hawaii and the Pacific. In Makai’s early years, we took a technical lead in a number of innovative projects that helped develop a unique set of skills and expertise. Deep water pipeline design for energy applications, marine vehicles and deep water cable installation software development were some of those projects.

Today Makai’s services have greatly expanded, and we are more global in nature. Our clients are found throughout the world. Makai has developed a broad spectrum of engineering expertise and provides services in research and development, design, construction engineering support, construction management, testing, and systems analysis, cable lay planning, analysis and support and other diverse operations in the marine field. Makai takes pride in providing innovative award winning design solutions to complex ocean engineering challenges. Our personnel have extensive engineering, software development and technical backgrounds and are experienced in working on new and unique projects and in the preparation of comprehensive design documentation, specifications, cost estimates, engineering reports and presentations.

Why work at Makai?

Makai has developed a unique and powerful culture where creativity, intelligence, hard work, and independence are celebrated. These values are tempered with respect, humility, flexibility, and an open, cooperative demeanor. Our engineers truly love working here and they feel as though they are part of a carefully selected team of only the very best engineers.

Makai has about 39 employees, with 32 engineers who hold advanced degrees and experience in mechanical or civil engineering, computer science, physical oceanography, physics, and chemistry. We are seeking engineers who want to be the best at what they do. At Makai you’ll have the opportunity to make significant contributions that advance the state-of-the-art of your profession.

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Open Positions

We are looking for outstanding people for the following positions:

Ocean / Mechanical Engineer

Makai is looking for exceptional undergraduate, or graduate, Ocean and Mechanical engineers to fill an immediately available position. The Makai design team has a variety of challenging and exciting projects developing subsea robotics systems, submarine pipelines and cables, and marine energy technologies. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and design skills; with responsibility for hydrodynamic modeling and mechanical design. Employees will get to work on the state-of-the-art as part of a collaborative, innovative, and experienced team on a range of projects.

This is a permanent, full-time position in beautiful Waimanalo, Hawaii. Makai will consider hybrid-remote work arrangements.

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Qualifications:

    • Possession of U.S. citizenship or Green Card is required.
    • Possession of an M.S. degree in ocean, mechanical, chemical, or aerospace engineering field is required; or a B.S. degree with at least 2 years of applicable project or work experience. High GPAs will be given preference.
    • Ability to think logically and communicate and present ideas clearly and concisely verbally and in writing, including for technical reports.
    • Proficiency with SolidWorks and experience with Finite Element Analysis or Computational Fluid Dynamics.
    • Strong numerical and computational engineering skills are a big plus. Knowledge and proficiency of Excel, Orcaflex, Autocad, Matlab or Python are desirable.
    • High level of technical curiosity and strong engineering fundamentals to enable unique solutions to design challenges.
    • Practical experience with the ocean environment, scuba certification, or similar backgrounds are a plus.

Candidates with many of the above qualifications will be most highly considered.

High priority will be given to candidates who are local to Hawaii or have strong connections to the islands.

Makai provides engineers and scientists with interesting and challenging projects, a competitive salary, full health and dental coverage, company matching retirement plans, excellent comp time and vacation policies, a dynamic and innovative company culture, and a beautiful and unique work atmosphere.

Makai participates in the Department of Homeland Security “E-Verify” Employment Eligibility Verification system for all new employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

To apply for this position, please email your resume including your overall GPA in graduate and undergraduate studies, year(s) of graduation, current location, and U.S. citizenship / green card status to Hermann Kugeler at Hermann.Kugeler@makai.com.

Sr. Project Manager

Senior Project Manager within our Marine Services group. The position is based at Makai’s office located in Ventura, California and involves a wide variety of multi-disciplinary projects.

The Marine Services group is largely underpinned by the NAVFAC EXWC OMAC-3 contract, providing services to the U.S. Government that includes at-sea testing, marine construction, submarine cable installations, prototype systems development and specialty materials procurement. Primary responsibilities for this position include technical design support, fundamental engineering analysis, project planning, and systems testing.

Requires a Bachelor level (or higher) degree in an engineering or related technical field, and have over 20-years of relevant experience on similar projects as described above, and strong communication and problem-solving skills. Responsibilities include subsea systems design and evaluation, client communications, as well as proposal and bid preparations.

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Minimum Requirements:

    • Undergraduate (bachelor) degree in a mechanical, aerospace, chemical, civil or related field of engineering or physics.
    • Possession of U.S. citizenship, and a willingness and ability to obtain Department of Defense Security Clearance.
    • Prior work experience of at least 20 years.
    • Applicants must be willing to perform field or at-sea work for extended periods of time (typically for 1-2 weeks).
    • Prior experience and an interest working with Microsoft Excel, Word, VISIO and Project Management software.
    • Applicant resumes should include education history and previous work history.
    • Persons with clearances that are active or were previously held and currently in good standing are preferred.
    • Marine construction and/or subsea cable installation experience

Candidates with many of the above qualifications will be most highly considered.

Makai provides engineers and scientists with interesting and challenging projects, a competitive salary, numerous company benefits, and a beautiful and unique work atmosphere.

Makai participates in the Department of Homeland Security “E-Verify” Employment Eligibility Verification system for all new employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

To apply for this position, please email your resume including your educational history, year(s) of graduation, work experience, current location, and U.S. citizenship / green card status to Richard Argall at Richard.Argall@makai.com.

Benefits of Working at Makai

Makai’s staff of engineers and scientists have a diverse skillset, many of whom are experts in their fields. This allows the business to carry out a wide range of projects; both in and out of the water. From large marine construction, to custom hardware and software research and development, Makai likely has someone on staff with the experience to solve our clients’ problems.

Beautiful Workplace

The Makai Research Pier provides a beutiful place to work.

Innovative Company

Makai provides our employees with engaging projects.

Informal Workplace

Makai’s workplace environment is fun and informal.

9 Annual Holidays

Makai provides its employees with 9 paid holidays annually.

Full Health Coverage

Makai provides its employees with full health coverage. 

Competitive Salaries

Makai provides competitive pay, with an excellent comptime policy.

Retirement Matching

Makai provides IRA retirement plans with employer contributions.

Freedom from Traffic

Makai’s location avoids traffic that is common for other locations in Hawaii

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