Port Engineer in Norfolk, VA at Orbis, Inc.

Date Posted: 12/4/2019

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Norfolk, VA
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  • Experience:
    At least 5 year(s)
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Job Description

Port Engineer
Bahrain or Guam
Job Description:
The Engineer is a subject matter expert for Navy Boats and Combatant Craft class lifecycle maintenance and modernization. The position is located in either Bahrain or Guam.
This individual will coordinate, on behalf of the Program Office, with OPNAV, Fleet Commanders, TYCOMs, Port Engineers, Technical Warrant Holders, In-Service Engineering Agents, Ship Design Managers and Regional Maintenance Centers in all matters concerning maintenance and modernization.  
This individual provides the Program Office with modernization and configuration control support, including technical problem resolution.
  • The Liaison Engineer applies technical knowledge to perform and lead others in the performance of engineering support for waterfront availabilities.  Projects at this level typically require immediate and authoritative decisions for engineering changes, for estimating the scope of work involved, and assessing the capability of local assets to accomplish the work.   Specific duties and responsibilities include: Reviewing planned work packages, assigned maintenance providers, and production schedules to become familiar with the engineering/production requirements and possible problem areas.
  • Performing shipchecks to become familiar with the craft and any unique engineering problem areas that may affect production during the availability and for risk assessments in on-time completion.  This includes an assessment of craft configuration compared to existing logistics products (eg, alignment of documented configuration with actual configuration) to address potential maintenance delays and problems.
  • Providing on-site engineering services, assisting in resolving production problems, explaining and interpreting drawings, monitoring status and addressing requests for waivers/deviations.
  • Analyzing and devising solutions to problems and deficiencies which are varied in nature and are often complex and unprecedented.
  • Generating design change documentation or Liaison Action Requests for modifications to drawings and additional information required by production.  Produce drawings, sketches, and instructions for production use.  Initiate action to PMS 325G for changes requiring higher level approval or resolution.

A highly qualified candidate will possess the following attributes:
  • Expertise in the design, configuration management, modernization, and maintenance of assigned craft, particularly the Mk 6 Patrol Boat.
  • Knowledge of the maintenance and repair capabilities and limitations of ship’s force as well as the various maintenance resources in the assigned region.
  • Broad engineering knowledge of disciplines related to ship design (i.e., electrical, mechanical, electronics, and naval architecture) and ability to identify and resolve interfaces and conflicts between related systems.
  • Ability to perform engineering analyses in order to isolate and resolve problems.
  • Ability to devise original and innovative approaches for solving engineering problems in situations where previous solutions do not apply, guidelines may be inadequate, resolution time available is very short, and various needs and requirements are conflicting.
  • Ability to generate design change documentation, including producing drawings, sketches, and instructions for production use.
  • Ability to develop, collate and brief maintenance and modernization documents and strategies to diverse audiences that include working level personnel to senior command leadership.
  • Ability to conduct detailed reviews of boat maintenance availability closeout reports to identify requirements, cost elements and impact to future maintenance availability durations and budgets.
  • Ability to document processes and work instructions as required.
  • Ability to perform scheduled analyses of Navy Boat and Combatant Craft End to End processes/products to promote the proper planning and integration of ship system maintenance and modernization and related shipyard support services.
  • Ability to support development of process/product metrics and utilize metrics to improve Life Cycle Maintenance content and recommend improvements to other Program Office internal processes/products.

  • Minimum of 5 years of related naval or marine engineering experience.
  • Broad experience maintaining US Navy ships or equivalent civilian maritime operations and maintenance experience.
  • Broad experience advance planning, planning and/or executing depot level maintenance availabilities on US Navy surface combatant and amphibious ships.
  • Superb customer relations and communication skills
  • Must have experience interacting with NAVSEA and NAVY Leadership
  • Must have experience resolving personnel challenges, monitoring performance and obtaining feedback

  • BS degree in applied sciences or engineering and a minimum of 5 years of related naval or marine engineering experience.

  • Must possess a Secret Security Clearance. Must be US Citizen

Computer skills:
  • Extensive demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc) and programs like Adobe Pro.

Personal Characteristics:
  • Self-motivated
  • Effective communicator and presenter
  • Competent individual who possess a strong work ethic and exemplary trade knowledge and management experience
  • High moral, ethical, compliance and performance standards 

Physical abilities:
  • Climb shipboard ladders and navigate narrow passageways and confined spaces. Lift, carry and move heavy object up to 50 pounds. Work at heights up to 20 feet above the deck using proper safety equipment. Good housekeeping habits, strict adherence to safety regulations. Ability to work a 6 day a week 10 hour a day schedule.

ORBIS offers an excellent benefits package and competitive salary in a professional atmosphere.


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