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 an exceptional undergraduate, or graduate, ocean / mechanical engineer to fill an immediately available position in the renewable energy / marine pipelines group. This Makai team has a variety of challenging and exciting projects developing ocean energy technologies, artificial reefs, submarine pipelines, and cables. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and design skills; with responsibility for hydrodynamic modeling, structural analysis, and mechanical design. Employees will get to work on state-of-the-art and challenging ocean engineering problems 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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Requirements:

  • Possession of U.S. citizenship or Green Card is required.
  • Possession of an M.S. degree in ocean, mechanical civil, or aerospace engineering field is required. High GPAs will be given preference.
  • High level of technical curiosity and strong engineering fundamentals to enable unique solutions to design challenges. Ability to think logically and communicate and present ideas clearly and concisely verbally and in writing, including for technical reports.
  • Proficiency with computer-aided design and experience with Finite Element Analysis or Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  • Strong numerical and computational engineering skills.

Desirable:

  •  Knowledge and proficiency of Excel, Orcaflex, Autocad, Matlab or Python.
  • Practical experience with the ocean environment, scuba certification, or similar backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of construction management best practices and project cost, time, resource control.
  • Construction phase experience in a marine or terrestrial setting.

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, 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. Watch a video of Makai’s Oahu offices here: https://youtu.be/-pj_LkZEK-4

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 the following two documents to Hermann Kugeler at hermann.kugeler@makai.com:

  1. Comprehensive Resume including your overall GPA in graduate and undergraduate studies, year(s) of graduation, current location, and U.S. citizenship / green card status.
  2. Cover Letter highlighting how your education, experience and training relevant to this position and why you want to work for Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.

Robotics / Mechatronics Engineer

Makai’s subsea technologies group is looking for a Robotics / Mechatronics Engineer with strong electrical, software and controls systems development skills. Candidates should have demonstrated electrical system design and software programming aptitude to perform in-house development of subsea robotics and other hardware systems for Makai’s subsea technologies group. This is a permanent, full-time position in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Candidate will become a key member working on a team with collaborative engineers developing innovative solutions for undersea robotics hardware and software systems for both commercial and DoD applications.

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Duties:

  • Modify, debug, and test real-time control system software using C, C++, Python and other programming languages targeting Linux and Windows operating systems, as well as embedded operating systems;
  • Interface hardware and software systems with in-house, 3rd party, and Government systems;
  • Read technical datasheets for sensors, actuators, and microcontrollers and implement drivers for them.
  • Support in-water testing of systems, both pierside and offshore from a ship.

Qualifications

Minimal applicant requirements include:

  • B.S. degree with 5+ years relevant experienced or M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related fields with 2+ years relevant experience;
  • Possession of U.S. citizenship is required;
  • Experience developing, integrating, testing and maintaining hardware and software for robotic and embedded systems;
  • Proficient in C, C++ and Python programming/scripting;
  • An ability to think clearly to solve and debug technical problems;
  • Demonstrated track record of collaborating on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Experience with the Windows and Linux programming environments with the aptitude and willingness to learn more;
  • Willingness to periodically travel and support offshore tests;
  • Either already live on Oahu or be willing to relocate to Oahu to work in-person at Makai’s offices in Waimanalo, HI.

Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Most of Makai’s work is in the ocean or is marine related. Therefore, ocean experience or background is desirable.
  • Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework;
  • Experience developing and tuning real-time control systems;
  • Experience with analog, digital, and serial electronic sensor selection and integration is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with time-series analysis and filtering of data
  • Active security clearance or eligibility to apply for a DoD security clearance.

 

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

Makai provides engineers 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 the following two documents to Hermann Kugeler at Hermann.Kugeler@makai.com:

  1. Comprehensive Resume including your overall GPA in graduate and undergraduate studies, year(s) of graduation, current location, and U.S. citizenship / green card status.
  2. Cover Letter highlighting how your education, experience and training relevant to this position and why you want to work for Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.

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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