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Gutierrez operates heavy equipment on the National Science Foundation research vessel, which is operated by Lamont’s Office of Marine Operations. Wearing a harness that tethers him to the back of the ship, Gutierrez deploys its seismic recording system: four 3.7 mile long cables that are pulled behind the ship to capture 3 D images of the ocean floor with sonar waves released from a series of pneumatic sound sources. He makes sure the equipment is working properly. “You don’t want a bad air gun in the water,” Gutierrez says. When he’s not working with the ship’s scientists, Gutierrez helps paint, remove rust and generally keep the Langseth shipshape. He spends an average of four months each year on board but is sometimes out longer, such as the 14 month voyage he made on his first trip as ship’s mechanic.

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Gutierrez followed an older brother to Queens in 1969 looking for adventure. “I got my first job at a handbag factory making purses,” says the 68 year old Gutierrez. His interest in electronics soon got him transferred to a job working on the factory’s machinery, and he decided to pursue a degree in electronics at what is now TCI College of Technology. His first job after graduating was as a data processor for Lamont Doherty, where he also did some electrical work on its first research vessel Vema, a 235 foot long three masted schooner. He soon found that he preferred working aboard a ship to sitting in an office. Although his initial ocean voyage in 1973 wasn’t what he expected, he persevered and eventually got used to it. “Because Vema didn’t have a ballast tank, it couldn’t stay balanced,” Gutierrez recalls. “I got really sick, and I needed the noise of a fan to fall asleep.”
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