PAE, Inc Engineer - Architect in Patuxent River, Maryland

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Engineer - Architect

Duties, Experience, Skills, Requirements, and Information:

  • All candidates will be required to pass a Drug Screenings

  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

The Senior Naval Architect position is highly technical and requires the incumbent to apply established engineering principles and processes and to develop new approaches in the absence of existing standards in a project/production/operations team environment. Major duties and responsibilities that require the requisite engineering competence are:

  • Provide naval architectural and marine engineering support to the Division’s larger support vessels.

  • Develop shipyard work packages for maintenance and repair.

  • Responsible for on site management, quality assurance inspections, and surveys at the shipyard during ship availability periods.

  • Design the arrangement of target platforms to accommodate mission requirements. Makes technical assessments of existing arrangements for new or novel test and training missions.

  • Design target and support craft/vessel hull form to accommodate the arrangement, minimize resistance, maximize maneuverability, and optimize seakeeping. Makes technical assessments of existing hull forms for new or novel test and training missions.

  • Employ standard naval architectural software for hydrostatics and seakeeping. Develop custom tools on standard desktop applications when existing tools are inadequate for the task.

  • Employ computer based modeling, design, and drafting software to produce design data and production documentation in support of efforts to maintain or design modifications for seaborne platforms.

  • Develop weight estimates for new or existing targets and support craft/vessels.

  • Perform deadweight surveys and inclining experiments for new or existing craft/vessels as required to suit new or novel training missions.

  • Perform trim and stability calculations.

  • Perform damaged stability calculations.

  • Perform estimates of speed loss in waves for new designs or to evaluate the suitability existing platforms for new or novel training missions.

  • Design target platform structure to support the hull form, platform arrangement, main equipment, auxiliary equipment, weapons, and outfit.

  • Perform engineering trade-off studies and speed/powering calculations to select target platform propulsion systems. Apply model or prototype test results when the direct estimation of resistance is not possible.

  • Select, size, and integrate auxiliary systems, equipment, and machinery including electrical generating or power systems, steering system, stabilization system, fuel system, ballast system, sanitary system, dynamic positioning, anchoring, communications system, navigation system, safety and firefighting systems, weapons, and deck outfit including cranes, booms, and winches and related foundations.

  • Create concept level, preliminary design level, detail design level, and production level drawings, calculations, analyses, reports, and technical memoranda.

  • Create engineering tools and algorithms.

  • Develop test plans for speed/power, maneuvering, course-keeping, sea-keeping and related effector controllers. Perform data acquisition. Reduce data and prepare reports.

  • Provide technical guidance to junior engineers. Performs review of junior engineer and peer work product.

  • Provide guidance to management, operations, and engineering on applicable statutes, such as those in 46CFR, applicable classification requirements, such as those in ABS, applicable standards such as those in ABYC, API, ASME, AWS, IEEE, and the USN NSTM.

  • Supports management with technical and product support process development.

Knowledge required:

Professional degrees in naval architecture are required to satisfy the requirements of the position. Professional competence in maritime operations should also be demonstrated by the incumbent holding, or having held, a United States Coast Guard engineers license or its equivalent. (The USCG license demonstrates that a candidate has accumulated the sea time and passed the written test showing that they have acquired the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to practice the engineering art for maritime machinery systems in a shore-based support capacity.)

The position requires demonstrated mastery (sufficient to design, integrate, and test) of marine structure, marine systems and equipment, marine electrical and electronics equipment, control systems, and communications systems. The position requires the ability to create time-domain platform performance simulations and to use existing time-domain and frequency-domain performance simulation packages for seakeeping and maneuvering.

The position requires communications and leadership abilities consistent with the need for thorough engineering documentation (drawings, reports, and presentations), and leadership of technical teams that include peers, junior engineers and highly experienced technicians.

Note: This job description describes the general nature of the duties and requirements of the job.

It is not intended to be an exhaustive list or to limit the supervisor's ability to modify work assignments as appropriate.

Education Required:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent GED

Security Clearance:

  • U S Citizenship required

  • Ability to obtain a US DoD Secret Security clearance, and ability to maintain clearance throughout employment. If the position requires a clearance.

Our benefits and perks include:

  • Tuition and training assistance program

  • Wellness program & Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Paid vacation and sick leave & 10 Paid Holidays

  • Mobile phone service discount

  • Discounted gym membership

  • Medical, dental, vision, 401(k), Life/AD&D/STD/LTD insurance

Work Conditions:

Most work performed in enclosed buildings. Work will include sitting, standing, walking, lifting and reaching. This classification’s activities range from, an office-like environment with extensive sitting demands to a flight line-like environment with extensive climbing, standing, stooping, bending, pushing, kneeling, stretching, and walking demands. May occasionally be required to lift objects whose weight exceeds 50 pounds. Special vision abilities to perform this job are close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust and focus. The diversity of work conditions may range from an office environment where there is little or no physical discomfort to a flight line environment where inclement weather may subject the individual to severe changes in temperature, wind, rain, etc. May be required to work in areas where high noise hazards prevail. May be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, and electrical shock hazards.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), should you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a currently open position with PAE, please call Recruiting at (703) 656-6064 or email with "Disability Assistance" in the subject line.