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:

Data Analyst and Software Test Engineer

Makai’s Subsea Technology Group is looking for a Data Analyst and Software Test Engineer with strong analytical skills and domain knowledge in physics, engineering or physical oceanography. Candidates should have demonstrated ability to identify trends and draw insights from diverse datasets as well as conduct and automate systematic testing for the development of proprietary software products. Candidate will become a key member working on a team with collaborative engineers developing innovative solutions for both Commercial and Department of Defense (DoD) applications.

This is a permanent, full-time position in Waimanalo, Hawaii.

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Duties:

  • Utilize data processing software programs and write custom scripts to analyze software and algorithm performance against objectives, identify issues, generate insights, and produce plots and other graphical outputs to communicate findings to stakeholders both internal and external to Makai.
  • Support the specification of test plans and conduct systematic testing of software and algorithms.
  • Periodically support offsite testing of software in both laboratory and off-shore settings.
  • Organize reports and give presentations to communicate results internally to team members and externally to customers.

Qualifications:

Minimal applicant requirements include:

  • Possession of a graduate degree (M.S. or higher) in a STEM related discipline (Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physical Oceanography, or similar) with 2+ years of relevant experienced, or possession of a Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in the above and 5+ years of experience.
  • Strong proficiency in Python and MATLAB programming/scripting, and related analyses packages and libraries. Additional proficiency in FORTRAN or C/C++ is a big plus.
  • High degree of intellectual curiosity, willingness to learn new technical skills and flexibility to support innovative projects that may be initially “out of your comfort zone”.
  • Organized approach to developing and executing test processes for software programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to both work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team as well as independently.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including writing reports and presenting to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Are willing and able to travel periodically (~4-6 weeks per year) to attend meetings or conduct tests and at facilities on the mainland USA or on vessels in port or at-sea.
  • Possession of U.S. citizenship is required.

Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Most of Makai’s work is in the ocean or is marine related. Therefore, ocean experience or background (commercially and/or recreationally) is desirable.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with signal processing techniques (e.g., time-series and frequency-domain analysis) and robust filtering of data for real-time applications.
  • Demonstrated experience with the Agile Software Development process.
  • Previous experience working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • You enjoy being in, on or near the ocean.

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 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.

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.

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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