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DDG 51 Sr. Systems Engineer - 27343 in Alexandria, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 11/21/2018

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Lead a team of engineers and support personnel  (and sub-contractors) providing marine engineering support to the U.S. Navy DDG 51 shipbuilding program.

Duties include reviewing the design of, and changes to, shipboard Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical ship systems including propulsion, auxiliary, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical generation and power distribution systems, aviation systems, deck fittings, and control system diagrams. Perform calculations applying engineering principles, techniques, procedures and criteria.

Conduct a variety of engineering assignments in planning and overseeing maritime research, development, design, production, test, installation, operation, and maintenance of diverse electronic/mechanical equipment and systems.

Investigate and coordinate resolution of ship design or ship system deficiencies, or alleged problems with the ship class in any/all technical disciplines.

Exercises independent judgment in conducting complex analyses and development efforts, and provides technical direction to other staff. Educates and advises peers and more junior technical staff members in the technical aspects of their efforts. 

Supervises and reviews activities of staff, scheduling and assigning work to meet program/project completion dates. Understand and utilize program management concepts and techniques.

Prepare and or review technical purchase specifications for major propulsion equipment and interfacing systems including gas turbine systems.

Prepare and perform quality assurance reviews of engineering analyses or other engineering documentation.

Prepares and reviews input to major technical reports, status reports, letters, technical memoranda, contract reports and formal briefings.  Including Liaison Inquiries

Work closely with senior customer personnel and shipbuilding stakeholders in providing solutions to complex problems and advice on technical issues.

Manage interaction between stakeholders to complete design review milestones for shipboard equipment acquisitions.

Engage in business development activities as required to sustain and grow customer base.

Conduct shipchecks onboard ships under construction to verify accuracy of system designs.  Participate in design reviews at the building yard and NAVSEA as required.

Maintain a comprehensive data archive of deliverables and correspondence to facilitate rapid retrieval.


Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related scientific discipline plus 5-7 years relevant work experience.  Master's degree preferred. Degree(s) must be in naval architecture, marine engineering, or a related engineering discipline.

In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 15 years of applicable work experience.  Work experience may be adjusted based on education, or highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data. Candidate must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent customer service skills.

Experience in Shipbuilding Program Management or NAVSEA Ship Acquisition management desired.

Ability to write clear, concise, and easily readable technical correspondence to document reviews of technical recommendations following technical reviews and collating of comments. Articulate in oral and written presentations; possess high organizational skills and the ability to multi-task to meet deadlines.

A Secret clearance or the ability to obtain one is required.

Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.

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