Senior Production Engineer

About Us

Shearwater Research is a privately held, profitable technology company which is the world leader in the field of technical diving computers and rebreather oxygen controllers. Based in Richmond, British Columbia, we have dealers in over 70 countries, and service centers in Canada, USA, UK, and New Zealand. We take pride in our corporate culture of high energy excellence, with self-managed professionals who thrive in delivering results in a tangible, visible manner. We are a fast growing company with a very bright future.

We create powerful, simple and reliable technology for demanding divers.

Shearwater Research, is a privately held, profitable technology company which is the world leader in the field of dive computers for serious divers. Based in Richmond, British Columbia, and ISO 9001:2015 certified, we have dealers in over 70 countries, and service centers in Canada, USA, UK, and New Zealand. We take pride in our corporate culture of high energy excellence, with self-managed professionals who thrive in delivering results. We were recently ranked the 194th-fastest growing company in Canada, have a very bright future and are welcoming team players to expand our team.

We provide a culture that embraces innovation, passion and performance excellence. We offer professional growth opportunities and a dynamic, informal and fun workplace. Join our team and enjoy an inspiring environment where challenging and interesting work is part of daily life. We invite you to check us out at


Create innovation and champion production process improvement:

  • Take active role in designing and producing new line designs, workstation designs, space layout, ergonomic set-ups, new jigs, work instructions and equipment use
  • Increase automation on the line to reduce manual cycle time through use of PLC or equivalent

Hands-on role:

  • Act as technical lead for Production-related issues
  • Increase robustness of testing procedures during WIP and 8D quality initiatives
  • Ensure all Production Engineering-related activities for ECN/RTMs get completed on time
  • Act as liaison between Design Engineering and production floor for new product introduction and improvement projects

Complete management responsibilities for Production Engineering staff:

  • Hold individual coaching meetings every 3-4 weeks
  • Complete annual reviews for your staff
  • Complete annual budget for your area
  • Provide prioritization and direction for Production Engineering staff
  • Set quarterly rocks and hold staff accountable to them
  • Provide discipline to Production Engineering staff through performance improvement or disciplinary actions processes as needed
  • Act as trainer and mentor for Production Engineering staff

Ensure Production Engineering department represents manufacturing for new product development beginning at pilot build:

  • Assemble pilot units
  • Drafting initial work instructions
  • Training staff on assembly processes
  • Participate/lead PFMEA sessions
  • Ensure Production Engineering department provides manufacturing support for all products after release


  • Ensure regular time studies completed by Production Engineering department on all major product lines and provide updated routing information to accounting department.
  • assist Engineering and Quality in creating and implementing CAPAs when necessary
  • communicate with Engineering when their resources are required to fix problems in Production
  • follow-up with Direct Production staff that implemented solutions have generated positive results
  • Report key metrics to Director of Operations
  • Cycle time (takt time) improvements
  • Yield improvements
  • Status of quarterly rocks
  • Ensure Production Engineering department completes maintenance and calibration of equipment as necessary
  • Organize and lead cross-departmental teams to drive continuous improvement within production
  • Ensure 6S set-up on the line maintained
  • Ensure Production Engineering-related tasks assigned by Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee are implemented

Attend the following meetings as required:

  • Operations Team meeting
  • Engineering Team/ECN/RTM meeting
  • Ad-hoc improvement meetings
  • 8D Quality meetings

DIRECT REPORTS: 2 Production Engineers

REPORTS TO: Director of Operations


  • Owning and improving multiple consumer-product production lines
  • Managing and developing technical staff (Production Engineers)
  • Deploying automation (PLC) on production line
  • Reducing cycle times, improving ergonomics and safety on the line
  • Degree in Industrial/Manufacturing/Electronics/Process Engineering or similar
  • Can demonstrate use of Engineering and Production best practices such as process change control, Engineering change control, 6S, Lean, Continuous Improvement, 5 why's, time studies, release-to-manufacturing (RTM), process failure mode effect analysis (PFMEA), new product introduction (NPI)
  • Ability to use Solidworks to design jigs
  • Ability to use ERP system
  • Ability to use CNC machine an asset


These are some of the benefits Shearwater employees enjoy:

  • Group RSP with company matching contributions 100% up to an annual maximum of 3%/ $2500
  • Begin earning 3 weeks' vacation after 2 years
  • 5 personal days per year over and above your vacation allowance (after 3-month probationary period)
  • Enhanced Health and Dental medical plan $3,500 for married/$1,750 for single (extremely flexible plan, no co-pay or monthly fee)
  • MSP covered 100% for staff and immediate family
  • Diving – open water, dry suit and advanced covered; possibly more as approved by manager
  • Training available to all staff
  • $1,000 employee referral bonus
  • Toastmasters - $500 bonus for completing competent communicator; dues paid for first year while completing.
  • Quarterly social events like bowling, attending baseball games, Christmas party, summer BBQ's, etc.
  • Fresh fruit and nut deliveries weekly
  • First-come, first-served for vacation requests
  • Possible yearly bonuses based on the annual financial performance of the company


If this describes you, please apply through this website. Only possibly candidates will be contacted at this time. Good luck!

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Contact and Next Steps

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Upcoming Dive Shows

Shearwater Research will be at the following dive shows:

DEMA SHOW 2019 (Orlando)

Read More / Nov 13-16 Booth No. 2537


Read More / Dec 13-15 Booth No. 232