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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.

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 30 employees, with 25 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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We are looking for outstanding people for the following positions:

Recent Engineer / Software Developer
Makai’s submarine cable group is looking for a candidate with an engineering or physics-related background with strong programming skills. Candidates should have strong programming skills
to perform in-house development of our subsea cable software, and develop software for Makai’s subsea technologies group. As part of the software development team, the candidate is expected to write, upgrade, document and maintain our proprietary code and help with customer support issues. As part of the subsea technologies team, the candidate is expected to write code for subsea robotics systems.
 
This is a permanent, full-time position in Waimanalo, Hawaii.

Duties:

  • Maintain and upgrade software including MakaiLay, MakaiPlan, and MakaiPlan Pro
  • Develop software for various Makai programs
  • Provide customer support for software products
  • Provide software training to Makai software clients
  • Interface software products with in-house, 3rd party, and Government systems
  • Write, edit and review Technical Reports and test results in clear, concise language

 
Qualifications:
Minimal applicant requirements include:

  • Applicants must have a technical background (e.g., at least an undergraduate degree and ideally work experience in Science/Physics/Engineering/Math)
  • Possession of U.S. citizenship or a green card is required. U.S. citizens preferred
  • Experience in .NET, C++ or equivalent and willingness to learn new software languages
  • An ability to think clearly to solve technical problems
  • Strong written/oral communication skills
  • Willingness to adapt to a flexible work schedule
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience with the Windows and Linux programming environments with the aptitude and willingness to learn more
  • Willingness to periodically travel domestically and internationally (usually 1-2 weeks)
  • Willingness to go out to sea on client vessels (usually 1- 2 weeks)

 
Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Experience operating MakaiPlan or MakaiLay
  • Experience with any GIS applications is highly desirable
  • Most of Makai’s work is in the ocean or is marine related. Therefore, ocean experience or background is always a plus
  • Experience working on a team project using svn or other code repository systems
  • Experience in reviewing and debugging other developers’ code
  • Good understanding and experience with any cloud services (AWS, Azure)
  • Electromechanical or hardware integration experience is 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, 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.

Recent Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence Software Engineer
Makai is looking for a Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence (ML/ AI) Software Engineer with a strong background in ML/AI algorithm development and utilization. Candidates should have interest and experience in solving real world problems via ML/ AI software development. This candidate will have the opportunity to shape the future of the world’s #1 subsea cable modeling software, as well as take on challenging problems in our subsea technologies group that may include processing of large datasets, machine vision, object identification, classification, tracking, autonomation, and more. The chosen candidate will immediately start working on Navy and DARPA projects with ML components.
 
Candidates should be self-starters with the ability to take a project from inception to usable software prototype or product. The candidates should have strong programming skills to perform in-house development of ML/ AI software algorithms, and be able to use existing ML/ AI algorithm databases.
 
This is a permanent, full-time position in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Remote work will be considered for this position.

Duties:

  • Develop and apply ML/ AI algorithms for marine systems
  • Interface AI/ ML algorithms with in-house, 3rd party, and Government systems
  • Write, edit and review Technical Reports and test results in clear, concise language
  • Provide input to technical proposals seeking future research and development funding

 
Qualifications:
Minimal applicant requirements include:

  • Possession of a technical degree (B.S. or M.S.) in any engineering or related field is required
  • Candidates with an M.S. degree shall have 2 years’ professional experience, and candidates with a B.S. shall have 5 years’ professional experience as a software engineer or data scientist working with ML/AI algorithms
  • Strong computer programming skills in Python, .NET, or C++
  • Ability to learn other computer programming skills
  • Ability to communicate concepts to team members or clients
  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Willingness and ability to obtain a Department of Defense Security Clearance; persons with clearances that are active or were previously held and currently in good standing are preferred.

 
Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Experience working on a team project using svn or other code repository systems
  • Experience in reviewing and debugging other developers’ code
  • Good understanding and experience with any cloud services (AWS, Azure)
  • Experience with GIS applications is a plus
  • Experience in related fields such as engineering, oceanographic data analysis and signal processing, or computational ocean modeling is 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, 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.

Recent Senior Software Engineer
Makai is looking for a Senior Software Engineer with experience in ML/ AI algorithm development and utilization. Candidates should have strong fundamental software development capabilities, and the interest and exposure in solving real world problems via ML/ AI software development. This candidate will have the opportunity to shape the future of the world’s #1 subsea cable modeling software, as well as take on challenging problems in our subsea technologies and robotics group that may include machine vision, object identification, classification, tracking, autonomation, and more. The chosen candidate will immediately start working on Navy and DARPA projects with ML components.
 
Candidates should be self-starters with the ability to take a project from inception to usable software prototype or product. The candidates should have strong programming skills to perform and supervise in-house development of software.
 
This is a permanent, full-time position in Waimanalo, Hawaii.

Duties:

  • Manage team of engineers to develop and maintain software systems
  • Develop and apply software and ML/ AI algorithms for marine robotics systems
  • Interface software with in-house, 3rd party, and Government systems
  • Provide input to technical proposals seeking future research and development funding

 
Qualifications:
Minimal applicant requirements include:

  • Possession of a Ph.D. in any engineering or related field is required
  • 5 years’ experience as a developer, engineer, researcher, or data scientist working with ML/AI algorithms
  • Strong computer programming skills in Python, .NET, C++ or equivalent
  • Ability to learn other computer programming skills
  • Strong written/oral communication skills
  • Ability to lead teams and communicate software and engineering concepts to team members or clients
  • U.S. citizenship is preferred; candidates with green cards that are close to taking citizenship will be considered
  • Willingness and ability to obtain a Department of Defense Security Clearance; persons with clearances that are active or were previously held and currently in good standing are preferred

 
Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Experience working on a team project using svn or other code repository systems
  • Experience in reviewing and debugging other developers’ code
  • Good understanding and experience with any cloud services (AWS, Azure, etc.)
  • Experience with GIS applications is a plus
  • Experience in related fields such as oceanographic data analysis and signal processing, or computational ocean modeling is a plus
  • Experience and capabilities in writing Technical Reports

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, 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 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.

Recent 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.

Duties:

  • Design, build, and test electrical assemblies for various hardware systems
  • Design, 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
  • Develop and document software APIs and user interfaces
  • Read technical datasheets for sensors, actuators, and microcontrollers and implement drivers for them
  • Write, edit, and review Technical Reports and test results in clear, concise language

 
Qualifications:
Minimal applicant requirements include:

  • M.S. degree with 3+ years relevant experience in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related fields
  • 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
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • 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:

  • Experience leading small project-based software teams and mentoring Jr. level engineers
  • 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
  • Strong understanding of control systems
  • Experience with analog, digital, and serial electronic sensor selection and integration is highly desirable
  • 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 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 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.

Recent Junior Robotics / Mechatronics Engineer
Makai’s subsea technologies group is looking for a Jr. 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.

Duties:

  • Design, build, and test electrical assemblies for various hardware systems
  • 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

 
Qualifications:
Minimal applicant requirements include:

  • B.S. degree with 3+ years relevant experience or M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related fields
  • 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
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • 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
  • 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 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 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.

Makai Research PierMakai is a great place to work.

 

Makai Research PierOur office is on Makai Pier in gorgeous Waimanalo, Hawaii,  featured in National Geographic Magazine.

 

Makai Research PierOverhead view of Makai Pier from the cliffs of Makapuu.

 

Makai Research PierSunrise of Makapuu Point as seen from Makai’s offices.