Share this Job

Manager, Ship Systems Engineering

Date: Jun 10, 2021

Location: San Diego, CA, US, 92113

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

Job Posting End Date: (6/30/21)

Shift:                               ALL

Security Clearance:      No Clearance






Manages the development of functional designs, underlying engineering calculations, technical requirements for equipment, and key attributes for testing of shipboard systems.  Personnel in this group include marine engineers, mechanical engineers, and electrical engineers, designers, analysts, and supporting staff.  Disciplines include propulsion, system piping, HVAC, deck machinery, powerplant components, power generation and distribution, control and communication systems, and automation.  Responsibilities extend from concept design through to activation, test, and post-delivery guarantee support, as well as design studies and other projects.  Ensures that appropriate processes, people, and tools are in place to provide high quality products to NASSCO and its customers, while meeting and improving cost and schedule performance and predictability.  Communicates and coordinates across the Ship Systems organization, with others in Engineering, as well as Supply Chain, Planning, Production, Test and Trials, Program Management, Cost Estimating, Business Development, External Customers, and Regulatory Bodies.




Develops a robust organization that embraces and capitalizes on change. Performs the following management functions for the Ship Systems Engineering organization:

  • Prepares for the Future: Plans by analyzing assigned work scope, developing budget and schedule targets, assessing technical risks, preparing alternative technical strategies, communicating technical guidance, and determining required skill mix and resources.
  • Collaborates Across Organizations: Interacts with other NASSCO organizations to clarify and/or share responsibilities, building highly effective teams within the department.  Fosters strategic relationships with engineering subcontractors, clearly defining tasks to Supervisors and subordinates. 
  • Grows Assigned Personnel: Develops competence by documenting skill needs, appraising capabilities of assigned employees, requesting training in advance of required application, and participating in both formal and informal training and orientation; administers performance evaluations and coaching for subordinates. 
  • Champions Quality: Reviews work to attain consistent performance across Machinery, Mechanical and Electrical Systems.  Develops tools, tracking, and processes to measure and improve quality.
  • Communicates Effectively: Motivates subordinates to work in teams, and to provide a high level of service to internal and external customers.  Facilitates and leads technical problem solving discussions.  Assists in negotiation of technical issues with customers.  Communicates alternatives and decisions upward to management and downward to subordinates. 
  • Demonstrates Leadership: Manages conflict fairly, objectively, and with a high degree of professional integrity.  Demonstrates loyalty to subordinates and to company objectives.  Recognizes extraordinary performance by subordinates.  Resolves personnel performance issues effectively, quickly, and with integrity.
  • Improves Processes: Analyzes and documents processes related to assigned work scope, and identifies new tools and methods that can improve the quality, schedule, or cost performance of Ship Systems Engineering. Maintains discipline to established processes, while simultaneously driving innovative process improvements.  Proactively seeks improved methods, materials, and designs for assigned work.
  • Assures Performance: Controls assigned work by routinely reviewing and reporting progress, setting and monitoring key quality characteristics, monitoring metrics established by the company, and correcting adverse performance tends.  Expedites work or services by subordinates or subcontractors as necessary.  Reports performance to management.
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.




  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required; Masters Degree in Engineering or Business Administration desirable.  Required knowledge includes: shipbuilding practice, government contracting principles, American Bureau of Shipping Rules, and US Coast Guard requirements as they apply to the disciplines managed.
  • Experience: At least 10 years of progressively responsible engineering experience required; at least 3 years of this experience must be at a Supervisor level or above.  Several years of this experience must be in a Shipyard or Ship Design organization.
  • Communications: Must be able to clearly and effectively communicate complex technical issues; will have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. 
  • Style: Pro-active leadership style required, with propensity to plan ahead, anticipate problems, facilitate strategies, and manage conflict.  Will have demonstrated planning and leadership skills.
  • Other desired style characteristics include: Team builder, process orientation, broad business view, intellectual flexibility, creativeness, and willingness to be an active participant in management teams. Must be capable of effectively advocating, driving, and implementing changes to long-held processes and work cultures.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires ability to work in office environment, go aboard ship during construction, climb ladders, work throughout yard as required, and participate in Sea Trials when required. Work will, generally, be confined to a clean office environment but will at times require participation in dusty, dirty, areas.




Reports to Director of Functional Engineering.  Manages Machinery, Mechanical, and Electrical systems through assigned Supervisors and Team Leads.  Provides technical coaching and counsel on professional development to subordinates.  Works alongside the Manager of Initial Design and Naval Architecture and is the primary engineering supplier to the Outfit Engineering design organization.  Works closely with the Manager of Project Engineering to coordinate communications.  Provides advice and professional services to internal customers within NASSCO alongside the cadre of Principal Engineers.  May represent the company to external customers and regulatory bodies.




Accountable for high quality, with efficient and timely completion of assigned projects.  Accountable for quality of technical products and deliverables.


General Dynamics NASSCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

To learn more about applicant rights under federal law, click here:

EEO is the Law Poster

EEO is the Law Supplement

Pay Transparency

If you have a disability that impacts your ability to complete the job application process and would like to request an accommodation, please contact our Human Resources Department.

Call (619) 544-8511 or email This contact information is for accommodation requests only, not to inquire about the status of applications.

Nearest Major Market: San Diego

Job Segment: Engineer, Systems Engineer, Electrical, Construction, Business Development, Engineering, Sales