• Bluefin Robotics Marine Operations Engineer

    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/21/2018 4:33 PM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    Secret, obtainable within 24 months
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in Ocean, Mechanical, Marine, Electrical, Software Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree.


    Department of Defense Secret security clearance is preferred at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Marine Operations Engineer.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions. 

    • 2+ years of experience operating marine technologies and subsea sensors ideally directly related to Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV's)
    • Demonstrated strong technical skills in software, electronics and mechanical troubleshooting, as well as a knack for hands-on repair and maintenance
    • Able to pass the United States Coast Guard physical examination CG-719K, which provides certification that someone is of sound health, has no physical limitations that would hinder or prevent performance or duties and are free from any medical conditions that pose a risk of sudden incapacitation while working offshore
    • Obtain a Massachusetts 1B Hoisting Engineer's License within the first 6 months of employment
    • An understanding and passion for working offshore aboard vessels of all sizes
    • Able to quickly learn new software (AUV operator, sonar tools, etc.) 
    • The job often involves carrying substantial weight, extended work hours and exposure to a wide range of weather conditions
    • Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally, sometimes on very short notice, up to 50% of the time (most travel assignments range between 1-4 weeks in length)
    • Able to analyze subsea sensor data in an efficient and thorough manner and communicate the results of that analysis effectively
    • Follows direction and is accountable for the successful completion of tasks
    • Used to working as an effective member of a small team
    • Supports continuous improvement initiative
    • Frequent contact with multiple work groups
    • Keeps abreast of technology trends


    Key Responsibilities

    The Marine Operations Engineer for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) will be responsible for designing, developing and implementing cost-effective methods of testing and troubleshooting GDMS systems and equipment. In addition, these employees prepare test and diagnostic programs, plan and arrange labor, and organize schedules and equipment required to test and evaluate standards and special devices.

    • Make safety the #1 priority in every task in the office, on the shop floor, dockside and offshore
    • Perform testing of UUV systems offshore including direct oversight of vehicle and related equipment load out and demobilization from the support vessel, vehicle pre/post dive checkouts, test procedure completion including all vehicle operations, and all deck operations including vehicle launch and recovery
    • Detailed record keeping and reporting of daily offshore activities
    • Troubleshooting AUV issues and working together with other functional engineering groups to quickly resolve a problem
    • Become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Bluefin subsea systems as well as the capabilities of the Marine Operations Department
    • Oversee and carry out service to the AUV as required, as well as perform offshore troubleshooting.
    • Apply health, safety and environmental (HSE) best practices in all operational work
    • Provide a point of external and internal customer contact that demonstrates competence, knowledge and confidence in the ability of the systems to perform its task
    • Lead training courses to operate and maintain AUV's
    • Assist in maintaining cleanliness and supporting maintenance activities aboard the 60’ research vessel (R/V) Resolution
    • Be prepared to respond quickly to urgent requests for operations support
    • Takes initiative in proposing ideas, soliciting input, and optimizing solutions
    • Very solid knowledge in use and understanding of test engineering concepts, principals and theories
    • Very solid awareness of business objectives and engineering's role in achieving them
    • Very solid ability to promote ideas that enhance productivity and efficiency
    • Willingly considers new ideas and perspectives, eager to learn and grow professionally
    • Very solid knowledge in Microsoft Office applications
    • Very solid written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to think creatively
    • Good at multi-tasking
    • Very solid ability to communicate issues and alternatives clearly and respectfully
    • Team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success, meeting and exceeding personal and team commitments
    • Willing to try and promote concepts and ideas to a diverse audience




    Company Overview

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


    General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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