Electric Boat

Test Engineer

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General Dynamics is the world’s foremost designer and builder of nuclear submarines, the most complex machines made by man. The company’s industry leadership extends back over a century to 1899 when it produced the U.S. Navy's first commissioned undersea warship. Today, Electric Boat prides itself on being the premier shipbuilding company in the industry. We develop and apply state of the art technology to the design and construction of nuclear powered submarines. With a team of highly skilled and dedicated employees, we have successfully taken submarine technology to a new level.


General Dynamics Electric Boat is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Job Description

This position is full time in New London and reports to Len Spencer, Supervisor – CTF Test Engineering & Chris Taylor, Engineering Manager of Compatibility Test Facility (CTF). 

Electric Boat is executing a test program for the Integrated Propulsion System (IPS) for COLUMBIA Class, which will be performed at the Compatibility Test Facility (CTF) located at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia (NSWCPD).  A pre-production integrated test program is in progress and on-going.  Future test programs of the COLUMBIA propulsion plant rafts will be conducted at the CTF. 

Test Engineers will draw upon their nuclear submarine operational experience and/or shipyard test experience and technical writing skills to develop technical documentation in support of the IPS test program at CTF.  This specifically includes Test Summaries/Outlines, Test Procedures and associated addendums, supporting documentation such as Test Instructions, Department Instructions, etc.   This requires in-depth technical knowledge of the various Propulsion Plant components and their interrelations/integrated overall plant operation.  As such, this requires continual and direct involvement with NSWC facility engineers, Component Engineering and vendor/supplier technical design and operational information including qualification test program, factory acceptance testing and technical manuals.  This individual will also be responsible for test documentation submittal to outside agency stakeholders (NNL, NAVSEA, NSWC) for technical comment resolution and incorporation.  The final product is then submitted to the on-site Joint Test Group for review/comment and issue for deckplate use.  The Test Engineering group is then responsible for the administration of the test document in direct support of the test program developing real-time test procedure changes and revisions to reflect current status of testing/troubleshooting.

Personnel interested in a Temporary assignment are encouraged to review an equivalent technical rotation posting.


Test Engineers must possess demonstrated knowledge in the areas of power generation, electronic controls and/or power distribution systems operation.  Frequent interface with NSWCPD, Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and NAVSEA personnel is required.  Occasional travel may be required and the opportunity for extended work assignment (EWA) at the CTF located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard is available.

Key Tasks

  1. Development of test procedures for IPS equipment being tested during the CTF test program
  2. Analyze, troubleshoot and support resolution of issues during the CTF test program
  3. System integration of IPS components and CTF support equipment to support the CTF test program

Education/ Experience


  • Four to twenty years’ experience relevant to job description is required
  • College degree or U.S. Navy nuclear qualified submarine experience involving the operation, test and maintenance of electric plant and components is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the area of power generation, power electronics and controls, electric motor drive systems, and/or power distribution systems operation is required
  • Occasional travel is required
  • Proven task management skills and leadership skills are required
  • Proven strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a teaming environment with remote participants, including interfacing regularly with the nuclear Navy customer is required
  • Obtaining Secret clearance prior to starting work is required


  • US Navy nuclear qualified submarine or shipyard test experience is highly preferred
  • Familiarity and experience with developing and writing test procedures is preferred
  • Familiarity and experience with the COLUMBIA Class IPS system is preferred
  • Prior test experience preferred; propulsion plant test program experience in particular of high current power electronics and controls is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity and experience with the VIRGINIA electric plant design and operation is preferred


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