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Senior Engineer (Topside Design) 


The Columbia Group (TCG), a design engineering and technical services company that has a successful 50+-year history of providing the United States Military with engineering, design, acquisition, logistics management, fabrication, test and evaluation, information technology and financial management support services, is seeking a Senior Engineer (Topside Design).

The Topside Design Engineer will work under general supervision to apply knowledge of integration on Navy ships to support an Integrated Topside Design (ITD) environment. Primary tasking will require developing Navy vessel topside arrangement designs to accommodate Combat Systems, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems and with support for Hull Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) equipment while ensuring their functionality. Resulting arrangements / designs must accommodate securing payloads, underway replenishment, refueling at sea, docking and maneuvering, navigation, and the safe movement of personnel. Near-term projects focus on autonomous vessels.

The successful candidate will have the flexibility to work on a broad range of challenging projects; ranging from the restoration of historic vessels to the development of autonomous craft. Tasks include:

  • Works directly with stakeholders and project managers in the planning and execution of technical activities on complex projects related to vessel (ship) design and modifications. Employs experience, existing guidelines and instructions, guidance form experienced engineering supervisors and independent judgment to plan and accomplish task objectives. Assignments may require the development of improvements to current designs, techniques and procedures and/or innovative approaches.
  • Applies vessel design knowledge in accordance with applicable U.S. Navy or American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) rules, regulations, and industry standards to develop analyses and products in one or more of the following technical areas:
    • Develop general arrangements and configuration, developing requirements for area and volume, preparing overall ship arrangement concepts and drawings illustrating primary functional allocation of spaces within the ship considering location and adjacency constraints;
    • Develop designs, arrangements, and specifications for vessel systems and compartments;
    • Performing special studies including access and line of sight analyses, assisting in detailed layouts of individual compartments such as living and berthing spaces, ship support spaces, storerooms, and shops.
  • Provide engineering support in the analysis of all technical issues and design challenges pertaining to all ship systems.
  • Communicate and participate in integrated product teams (IPTs) and working groups with Navy entities in support of the program.
  • Participate in Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs) with Navy and Coast Guard customers.
  • Coordinate and participate in the creation of technical papers, studies, and reports on emerging issues.
  • Analyze technical reports from third party design sources and make recommendations to Government customers.
  • Assist in the review/or preparation of acquisition documents such as statements of work (SOWs) and systems specifications for partners and subcontractors.
  • Occasional travel is required, within the Washington, DC metropolitan area for meetings. There is also the potential for travel to naval and private shipyards, and visits with European partners.
Position Requirements

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's in Engineering and 10 years of experience in shipboard Design and Integration focused on surface combatants are required. 18 years of direct experience required in lieu of degree.
  • Familiarity with Navy shipboard protocol is required;
  • Ability to apply regulatory body rules, ship specifications, and other technical guidance to develop conforming designs and modifications to ships and craft;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully complete engineering designs and analyses with minimal guidance and assistance;
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in Integrated Topside Design, Weapon Effects, Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) and the associated military specifications and standards, antenna design and installation,
  • Knowledge of Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Fuel, Ordnance, or Personnel (HERF/O/P)
  • Familiarity with naval radar systems, communication systems, EW systems, EM field measurements. Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).
  • Familiarity with the effect of vessel design features on the radar cross-section.
Full-Time/Part-Time Contingent  
Position Senior Engineer (Topside Design)  
Division The Columbia Group  
Req Number ENG-19-00006  
Location Washington, DC HQ  
About the Organization We are a premier federal services company with a successful history of providing the United States Military, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, and other departments / agencies of the federal government. We employ hundreds of professionals, providing client-focused solutions, across all armed forces, in multiple locations throughout the United States.  
EOE Statement We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected Veteran status.  

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