Marine vessel design and naval architecture is a constantly evolving industry. Driven by competitive markets and increasing pressures from environmental regulations, ship designs are rapidly changing. Marine design engineers are leading this evolution, they are at the forefront of marine vessel design and will play an increasingly important role in shaping the future of the marine and shipbuilding industries.
Marine design engineering is unique to similar specialist marine engineering roles as it is typically involved with every component and process of building a ship. From 3D modelling and fabricating the exterior frame - to implementing intelligent combustion engine components, design engineering typically covers every stage of the development process.
Over the last decade technology has played a significant role in the development of marine design engineering. Developments in technologies such as 3D printing have allowed marine design engineers to create and implement more complex and productive components.
Research into new eco-friendly fuels such as nuclear power, hybrid engine technology and solar power has provided design engineers with the knowledge and guidance on how to implement energy efficient solutions. This is all to the benefit of organisations specialising in the marine and shipping industries, making operations quicker, more efficient and meeting regulatory standards.
Main function of the marine design engineer role:
Interpreting complex design briefs
Researching design solutions
Utilise specialist technology to create blueprints of solutions
Testing the effectiveness of potential solutions and leveraging cost
Analysing data taken from test results
Fabricating components / solutions
Assist in the implementation of components / solution
Monitor performance of new solutions
Marine design and engineering careers
As the industry is so vast and covers so many different aspects of engineering and design, choosing to specialise in a certain area of expertise is often a good way to secure a design engineer career. The benefit of choosing a career within the marine and shipbuilding industries are design engineers can specialise within a sector without limiting themselves in terms of projects, learning new skills and career progression. The marine sectors are diverse and are made up hundreds of sub-sectors, including exciting sectors such as military and defence, commercial cruise ship and travel and international shipping.
Each sub sector has its own processes, materials, systems and challenges that require design engineers to possess a variety of different skillsets. Demand for skilled design engineers continues to grow as modern fleets are being designed to meet 21stCentury requirements.
Choosing to specialise within the marine and shipbuilding industries can sometimes require design engineers to go through specialised training and qualification programmes that can help progress their careers outside of those industries, including health and safety programmes, naval and marine engineering certifications and government / civil sector clearance.
Are you looking for marine design jobs?
As the UK’s largest recruiter specialising in the marine and shipbuilding sectors we help professionals working in all sectors find their next career. Our specialist marine and shipbuilding recruitment team are dedicated to helping you realise and achieving your career goals.
Whether you’re a qualified design engineer looking to start your job search or an experienced engineer looking to further your career, we can help you. For more information about the roles we cover, get in touch with us today on 0161 707 1516 or email a member of the marine recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronics Design EngineerDorchester
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK develop, supply and support cutting-edge maritime technology for customers worldwide. Based in Winfrith, Dorset, they work closely with the UK Royal Navy and global customers to create products which protect lives at sea. Due to the growth of our business we are seeking an Electronics Design Engineer to join our Sonar Electronics team. The successful candidate will be supporting the delivery of bespoke electronics for integration into complex Sonar Systems, with a significant focus on high performance sensor technology and high bandwidth telemetry systems. This includes the design of digital circuits using FPGAs, Analogue low-noise interface circuitry and power amplifier design. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, innovative and versatile and be able to work collaboratively as a Sonar Electronics team member and also alongside engineers in other disciplines and departments across AEUK. Additionally the successful candidate will: * Translate customer requirements into an electronics specification. * Create feasible preliminary architectures from the electronics specifications. * Carry out detailed design and implementation of electronic circuits. * Derive verification plans to address design requirements. * Prepare test procedures and traceability of these results back to the original requirements. * Produce accurate written documentation to fully support the design. * Be responsible for the delivery of Electronics and Sub-System designs This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Electronics Design Engineer who wants to challenge their technical capabilities and to develop cutting edge technologies for a world-leading organisation. The role is based at the AEUK offices in Winfrith, Dorset, offers a significant benefit package and will require SC Clearance. What we are looking for in you: Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (or equivalent) Essential: Mixed Signal and Analogue Circuit Design Digital Circuit Design Debugging, Simulation, Validation and & Testing of PCBs and sub-systems Design from specification through to delivery, with consideration for DFT & DFM. Practical experience in schematic capture and PCB design tools Desirable: PA Design and test experience General RF design & test experience Experience of taking products through to volume manufacturing Pre-Amplifier Design SAR or Sigma-Delta ADC Design Implementing designs using Microcontroller, Microprocessor & FPGA Knowledge in EMC/ LVD regulatory testing and product design approval process
Configuration Controller / Configuration EngineerPortsmouth
Configuration Controller/Configuration Engineer - Naval Portsmouth - 3 month contract - Pay rate £18.88 p/h PAYE basic (£21.63 p/h including holiday pay) or £24.27 p/h Umbrella We are looking for a Configuration Engineer to work for our defence client on a complex naval engineering project for T45. Position Description: Under the UK MOD Common Support Model (CSM) complex Warship Design Authority is comprised of the DE&S Warship Approving Authority (WAA) and the client Warship Technical Authority (WTA). This role forms part of the Hub WTA and provides governance and oversight of Engineering decisions that primarily affect the Hub platform . In certain situations, this may extend to wider WTA supported platforms as the business requirements develop. The individual will undertake a defined range of engineering activities in line with the extant CSM Work Breakdown Structure, the CSM Business Processes and relevant Business Management Processes/Procedures. The primary responsibility of this role is to ensure the design intent and safety of the Hub platform and to collate the assurance evidence of this for the corresponding WAA while working under the definitive engineering authority of the Hub WTA Class Lead Engineer (CLE). The individual will report into the Hub WTA and support the wider engineering team and other functions as required. This role will organise and co-ordinate aspects of engineering activity ensuring defined objectives are achieved whilst continually maintaining quality and service requirements. The individual will be responsible for providing capability across a broad set of challenges to meet the needs of internal projects and customer programmes across the different Class Output Managements (COMs) as required. The occupant of this role is required to support the Configuration team as follows: Maintenance and update of Configuration Management Matrix (CMM) Provides Technical advice and guidance to T45 Configuration Team on Configuration Management best practice. POC / SME for the Windchill application Core Duties: Maintenance and update of the Configuration Management Matrix (CMM) SME for Windchill Administration and User Permissions including day to day use and application of the Windchill Document Management system and facilitator of Windchill advisory clinics Expert in the use and application of Microsoft Office suite to include running reports, data manipulation and analyse. Transition Management of existing WTA CM processes to CSM compliant methods. Liaises with the Capability Insertion Team to ensure that the status of the CMM, irrespective of origin can be clearly demonstrated Liaison with key project stakeholders, specifically to ensure that each change to the CMM is adequately captured and that information is made available to support timely progress. Related decision making at tactical level and assist in developing strategic solutions for Configuration Management Mentors junior team members to assist with their understanding of the CM Teams deliverables and cross train them in their responsibilities Leads Best Practice forums and challenges the existing processes and procedures to drive efficiencies and cost savings within Configuration Management. Requirements: In-depth knowledge of the operation of Configuration Management systems Expert in Change Management with experience and knowledge of RN/MoD process and practice relating to Change Management Expert in the use of Windchill and an SME in the functionality and tailor-ability of processes Good understanding of Configuration Management standards, principles and processes and their application to Naval vessels Familiarity with the T45 IKM solutions and proficient with Microsoft Office Software. Awareness and understanding of the range of information required to support a Naval warship and importance of good configuration and change management Understands how the outputs from the CM Team are used by the WTA/ILS teams to support Certification of Design for T45 Changes Transition Management of existing WTA CM processes to CSM compliant methods An understanding of the defence maritime industry, especially the MoD Maritime structure and departments. An understanding of the MOD/RN configuration management related engineering and project processes, in particular the DE&S CSM Business Procedures. Knowledge of defence related Trades Controls, e.g. the US ITAR and EAR. Additional information: Please note, due to the sensitive nature of this role all candidates must be capable of gaining a UK MOD Security Clearance to SC level. The successful candidate will be able to start under a baseline clearance whilst the SC application is progressing. This role has been deemed Inside IR35.
To support Project Managers in the delivery of projects by providing a high level planning service for the preparation of project plans, producing baseline scheduled tasks, resource profiles and financial models. HNC or equivalent in a relevant engineering subject. Principal tasks and responsibilities to include: *Prepare robust tender and contract programmes using the designated planning tool *Fully resource programmes, produce resource histograms, resource level programmes, understand and communicate the effect on programme schedules to project team *Include appropriate financial data in the programme to produce a project cost/time distribution profile and communicate the results to the project team *Display and analyse the project Critical Path and advise the project team of the results and any appropriate corrective action *Produce/maintain project baselines and execute the change control process as appropriate *Correctly record project progress in the programme, reschedule programme to take effect of the progress data and communicate the results to the project team and advise of any appropriate corrective action *Produce project reports/data directly from the planning software arranging the data to align with the company accounting software *Understand and report on project using Earned Value Analysis techniques and interpret/communicate the results and any corrective action to the project team *Produce programmes that satisfy contractual requirements *All programmes and documentation to be produced to company practices and procedures *Manage a portfolio of project programmes and supporting Planning Engineers/Junior Planning Engineers including supervision and checking of work to ensure that all work complies with company standards and procedures *Act as mentor to Junior Planning members to assist in their personal development 5 years planning experience in a project based engineering environment using Primavera P6.
The world’s first autonomous oil spill response vessel makes debut
INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READThe world’s first autonomous oil spill response vessel has made its debutWhen functioning in fully autonomo...Read more
The world’s first all-electric container barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships’ are launching this autumn
INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READThe world’s first fully electric and emission-free container barges are to set sail this autumn.They have b...Read more
Britain’s future frigates | BAE invest in virtual reality to construct the ground-breaking Type 26 destroyer
INDUSTRY NEWS | 4 MIN READ BAE systems is constructing the ground-breaking Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy. Cutt...Read more