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Engineering Technologist (CAD Technician) - DSA Ocean

Engineering Technologist (CAD Technician) - DSA Ocean

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Be responsible for collaborating with engineers, clients, and contractors to ensure seamless execution of marine infrastructure projects.


DSA Ocean is an ocean engineering and environmental consultancy based in Victoria, BC. Our specialization lies in marine hydrodynamics and mooring design, catering to a diverse range of applications such as oceanography, marine energy, and aquaculture. Our team is passionate about sustainable development, cutting-edge technology, and preserving our oceans. We support customers and projects both here in Canada and worldwide. We have a mission to protect the marine environment in every project we support. Our diverse marine experience has taught us to be agile and collaborative in providing our clients with practical and sustainable solutions.

Located in the beautiful maritime city of Victoria, BC, we offer a flexible and supportive working environment.  We recognize the importance of work-life balance and offer hybrid work arrangements, allowing our team members to work both remotely and on-site. While the majority of our work is completed in our physical offices during core business hours, we understand that schedule and work-location flexibility contributes to a productive and engaged team.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Director of Technical Services, the Engineering Technologist will play a crucial role in our projects. Your responsibilities will include collaborating with engineers, clients, and contractors to ensure seamless execution of marine infrastructure projects. These projects span various sectors, including aquaculture, maritime transportation, marine renewable energy, naval architecture, and oceanography. We work on everything from seaweed farms to ferry terminals, to wave and tidal energy projects.

Your expertise in civil, mechanical, or marine engineering, combined with proficiency in GIS, CAD, and drafting, will help DSA Ocean deliver projects to customers around the world. There will be opportunities to learn new skills and lead in the design and deployment of marine mooring systems, deploy marine equipment, and assist in engineering field reviews. A practical and hands-on mindset is required.

What Will You Do

Technical Support: Provide technical assistance to engineering teams during project planning, design, and execution.

GIS and CAD Expertise: Utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to create accurate maps, schematics, and engineering drawings.

Drafting Best Practices: Apply industry-standard drafting practices to produce detailed plans, elevations, and cross-sections.

Field Assistance: Be willing to visit project sites, collaborating with engineers and ensuring designs are implemented correctly. Support in the deployment of oceanographic instruments such as current meters and CTDs.

Data Analysis: Support the analysis of geospatial data, hydrographic surveys, and marine environmental data.

Design:  Using experience gained through projects, develop mooring solutions for customers based on industry and company best practices.

Quality Assurance: Review engineering plans for accuracy and compliance with industry and company standards.

Collaboration: Work closely with multidisciplinary teams, including oceanographers, naval architects, mechanical/civil engineers, ocean engineers, marine construction contractors, and project managers.

Continuous Learning: Stay updated on marine industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices.

About You


Graduation from a recognized institute of technology or college in a civil, marine, or mechanical discipline with a diploma of technology (technologist), or,

Certificate or diploma in a CAD/Drafting Technology program

Experience: Minimum of 5 years experience in an engineering firm or technology company, with a focus on producing engineering construction plans using CAD and GIS tools.

Technical Skills:

Strong command of CAD tools (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, etc.) for drafting and 3D modeling.

Proficiency in GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.) for spatial analysis and mapping.

Hands-on experience with ropes, shackles, rigging, chains and marine hardware is desirable.

Familiarity with hydrodynamic modeling and simulation software is a plus.

Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent digital communication aptitude (e.g. Slack, email) is a must – as we heavily rely on these platforms for internal communication.

Problem-Solving: Ability to troubleshoot technical challenges and propose effective solutions.

Team Player: Collaborative mindset and willingness to work in a dynamic environment.

Site Visits: Comfortable traveling to project sites as needed.

Love for the ocean: Are you a surfer, sailor, or paddler? Do you have a desire to protect the marine environment? At DSA Ocean our mission is to protect our oceans by minimizing risks and looking for ways to lessen environmental impacts in every project we complete.

Why Choose DSA Ocean

Here are a few things to get excited about:

Competitive salary: $70,000 - $95,000

Great Benefit package including Extended Health and Dental Benefits, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Vision Care, and more!

RSP contribution 

Time Off: all employees enjoy 3 weeks of vacation, and sick and personal days.

Opportunities for professional growth and development 

Engaging and diverse projects that make a positive impact on our oceans.

Supportive and inclusive work culture.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Did you read the requirements above and feel you might be missing one or two? Please consider applying anyway.  DSA Ocean is looking for the right candidate and encourages you to apply even if you don’t meet all the requirements.

DSA Ocean is committed to the practices of equity, diversity, and inclusion for all employment opportunities. In line with EGBC’s 30 by 30 target, we are committed to achieving at least 30% women on our team. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. We strive to ensure that we are fairly evaluating candidates based on EDI best practices.

Our Hiring Process

  1. We review all applications as they are received so consider applying early
  2. Our Hiring Manager will contact selected candidates for a Phone Screen Interview
  3. Successful candidates will be invited for a virtual 1st round interview and onsite 2nd round interview to meet with key members of our team
  4. Reference Check for successful candidate and Offer
  5. Welcome to the team!

If you’re passionate about marine engineering, environmental stewardship, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, we’d love to hear from you! Apply now to with your resume and become part of our dedicated team.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Location : Victoria, BC

Experience Level : Intermediate Level

Salary range : $70,000 - $95,000 / year

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